Being sometimey wasn’t going to cut it. Once-a-year lip service just wouldn’t do. On our long must-do list from the outset of Q was our commitment to year-round queer diversity and intersectionality of civil justice movements.
Still, it’s ironic that the way in which we and a few other “for everyone” venues and outlets stand out becomes obvious when everyone else jumps on the bandwagon. Take Atlanta’s Black Gay Pride over Labor Day Weekend, closing in on 25 years as the country’s premier event series of its kind.
As celebrations and commemorations approach, more black representation appears in queer places you rarely see them outside Labor Day Weekend. But here at Q, this issue marks the 15th of 35 issues in 2019 with one or more African American faces on the cover, and the 37th profile of a black LGBTQ-ATLien in the same timeframe — not to mention regular columns, photos and content by contributors of African descent on our pages.
Quite simply, Atlanta is not Atlanta, and LGBTQ Atlanta is not fairly reflected, without regular representation of, by and for black folks.
Being all here, all year, for all of queer Atlanta made easy work of this week’s coverage at the intersection of black and LGBTQ. We asked 19 of our 2019 Q profiles what Black Gay Pride means to them. From the worlds of business, art, performance and activism, they are as inspiring as they are insightful. We supplement that feature with a Black Pride Call to Action by Georgia Equality Deputy Director Eric Paulk.
Of course, Black Gay Pride isn’t the only LGBTQ thing to do in Atlanta this weekend. Find our list of even more events in the Queer Agenda calendar. That’s followed by our ever-churning factory of Q Shots photos from recent gatherings, and the always-popular The Q advice column to close out the issue.
In other weekly installments, 10 Queer Things helps cure the summertime blues with real-world solutions, Q News finds joys and concerns for every queer in the village, and I invite your feedback directly to [email protected].
Have a great week, and happy Labor Gay, Atlanta.
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