Pa rum pa pum pum. The rhythm you hear is this latest issue of Q magazine coming toward you with sounds of the season, signs of the times, everyday heroes and reminders that, for some, this is the toughest time of year to keep your chin up and your head high.
Throught it all, it's also definitely the sound of ATL's own queer drummer.
In our Q Music cover story, find LGBTQ artists from Q cover model RuPaul to Chely Wright, Levi Kreis to Pentatonix and beyond. They offer queer-led holiday albums to rock around the proverbial Christmas tree this month. We give the best of them a listen alongside a few other allied artists queer fans love.
As thoughts turn to tidings of great joy, it’s important to acknowledge dark thoughts for many in our readership. Especially if ostracized from family or pressured to fit in, the holidays can be hard going. Our Q Thoughts piece offers some solutions to queer holiday guilt, as professional therapist Alexandra Tyler empowers you with tips for this year while setting the stage for an even better future.
Speaking of brighter futures, trans activist Toni-Michelle Williams is working on one in this week’s Q&A profile. She opens up about her work, including activism through SnAP, including work with Atlanta Police on LGBTQ relations.
Advocacy is also on our minds in 10 Queer Things this week. We lay some ground rules for straight folks who would be our allies. The checklist also serves as a great reminder for anyone that assisting communities we’re not part of means listening more than talking.
Every single week, you also know you can turn to us for Q News from Project Q Atlanta's fresh daily content, Q Shots photo galleries, the Queer Agenda calendar of events and The Q advice column. This week’s entries don’t disappoint. You can also continue making a list and checking it twice in the Q Holiday Gift Guide.
Q hits stands on Wednesday. Read the digital version of the full issue below:
Pick up a new edition of Q each week at queer and LGBTQ-friendly venues around town.