When flipping through magazine pages as a kid and dreaming of being in the business one day, I didn’t know it would involve so much more than my love for writing and photography. The advertiser politics, the reader infighting, the news intrigue, the triumphs, the grave errors.
It’s often a chaotic mess, and it’s sometimes an emotional roller coaster, but it’s usually also a recipe for queer magic.
Welcome to Q magazine, the post-Pride edition. This is the place where queer Atlanta continues after everyone else packs up their rainbows and clears Piedmont Park. Surprising no one except maybe fair-weather corporate sponsors, there is still fun to be had, a culture to advance, issues to address, lessons to be learned, and yes my favorite, words and pictures to share.
Q Voices writer Ashleigh Atwell uses Tinder more as a fidget spinner than a dating app, but she’s got plenty to say about the L, B and T when potential suitors do pop up. And in a Q Voices first, a reader responds to a past column on racial segregation and quite rightfully takes Q to task. In the advice column, I take up the same mantle to pass on to a fellow white queer the lessons I finally learned while listening instead of talking about race in queer culture.
Speaking of which, our latest taste of it comes in 10 Queer Things and ways to keep queer culture alive rather than assimilating fully into the mainstream. That said, Q News does inch us closer to some legal equality with stories about advancements in public Georgia universities and employment.
While all that potent stuff is going on, a powerful formula of mutual respect, artistic vision and a penchant for Avant Garde beauty brought four queers to make magic in our cover story. See the results when Q contributor James L. Hicks turns his keen lens on fashion, non-binary awesomeness, and LGBTQ vision.
Of course, this is Q, so we won’t leave you hanging for photos in Q Shots, events in the Queer Agenda calendar, or business and services with you in mind on our ad pages. Write me about all of it as I sit here flipping through possibilities for our next issue and living an even better version of my childhood dreams.
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