Q takes true colors of Atlanta Pride rainbow beyond simple symbolism

Call me Judy, because I’m over the rainbow. Seriously. The knee-jerk overuse of that particular symbol has become so annoying to me as someone who’s job is queer all year, it’s all but banned from our editorial features.

Except this week —when Q contributors take the opportunity to do more than slap one on and call it gay. If we’re not looking at the whole rainbow, if we’re not wielding the rainbow with intention, we’re not recognizing or honoring the queer diversity Atlanta is and should be known for. 

For the 49th Atlanta Pride, a supersized Q takes a closer look at the LGBTQ diversity behind the rainbow, some queer issues still looming large, and the meaning behind Pride itself.

First up, our regular contributors put personal and political spins on 'Pride is...' Find out what they’ll be thinking about in the park and in the streets this weekend. And speaking of the festival and parade, 10 Queer Things expands this week to 16 to highlight some of the flags flying under the LGBTQ umbrella. It opens the box on a cacophony of true colors that exist between the lines of the traditional six-color cliché plastered everywhere.

With those facets of the community in mind, our cover feature finds eight local LGBTQ movers and shakers rainbowing up for Pride. From musicians to healthcare professionals, from activists and faith leaders to politicians and beyond, first-time contributor Marina Delaine-Siegelmeets people adding their colors in their unique ways to Atlanta’s rainbow tapestry.

This issue of Q also proudly introduces artist Maite Nazario in Q&A and takes on a serious queer issue in The Q advice column. As always, we have Q Shots photo galleries, and yes, siblings: You’re going to need that Queer Agenda calendar this weekend more than most, so it’s packed to the brim.

Meanwhile, I’ll reconcile my personal issues with the LGBTQ rainbow in time for next week’s new edition, and Q will keep showing queer Atlanta’s true colors every week. Write me with your thoughts for future coverage at [email protected].

Happy Pride, Atlanta! Have an amazing weekend, and read the full issue online below:

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