Q Swimsuit Issue plunges into looks for everybody and every body

It won’t surprise regular Q readers that our staff has been doing LGBTQ-ATL media for years (and years!). It’s not a stretch to say we’ve got thousands of op-eds, news stories, personality profiles, arts previews, and more than a few swimsuit issues under our belts.

Even as a queer of longstanding, I have to relearn some lessons with new subtleties to further improve my understanding. Our Swimsuit Issue provided a few opportunities for growth.

While we were pulling together another week of compelling content from the LGBTQ-ATL, a seachange struck me about our approach to the swimsuit feature. Gone are the old-days commitment solely to the forms of quite specific looking male models. Here to stay is a focus, not on the bodies in the suits, but on the fun to be had while wearing them — without regard to gender, size, color and shape.

Speaking of welcome change, columnist Heather Maloney gave me another of this week's "aha" moments. Her Voices colum offers a reminder that, just because we lauded certain queer-inclusive rockers back in the day, we don’t have to permanently venerate them as times change. She makes some valid points worth considering the next time you tap your toe to “Walk on the Wild Side” or “Lola.”

Other queer things that were cool in the '70s and '80s have stood the test of time, like Amanda Palmer and her Q interview. We are 100% ready for the Dresden Doll landing at Cobb Energy Centre on Friday.

Also building on its LGBTQ legacy this week is Peach Party in our preview, and of course, that's just one of the best queer things to do in Atlanta on our Queer Agenda calendar. We also snap your pics in Q Shots, parse pesonal problems in The Q advice column, and bring you the latest Project Q Atlanta reports in Q News.

It’s a lot. You can handle it, and you can find us right back here next week with ever-more coverage of the LGBTQ-ATL.  You can always find me as well at this e-mail. Read this week's full issue online here:

 

 

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