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Is assimilation erasing LGBTQ culture? No, and here’s why.

As the equality floodgates continue opening, the LGBTQ landscape is morphing, and spurring debate about the queer next generation – a great one if...

One person’s continuing journey to non-binary acceptance

As a newly out nonbinary queer person, it’s harder moving about in this new world than I anticipated, similar but different to standing firm in my bisexuality.

Maybe ‘8 couldn’t wait,’ but it’s far from enough Atlanta Police reform

Atlanta City Council and Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms backed "8 Can’t Wait," but one set of basic ideas won't fix what ails the Atlanta Police Department, and won't really change anything.

Re-evaluating ourselves and our relationships during quarantine

I miss our community. In the midst of self-imposed isolation, I have spent some time going deep and cleaning my own internal house. You can too.

That feeling I hadn’t quite put my finger on: Loss

I’ve been struggling to identify a feeling during the COVID-19 pandemic. Uncertainty, disappointment, sadness, caring and gratitude are there, but not quite it.

Please stop conflating coronavirus with early HIV/AIDS

People have asked me if our lives today feel like the early years of HIV/AIDS, and I want to scream. There is no comparison. Just stop.

Buck up, queer children. 2020 is going to be a bumpy ride

While it was on their backs that our current freedoms were built, it may be by the strength of our own backs that it will be maintained.

How you can help jump Georgia’s biggest hurdle at AIDS Watch 2020

More than 30 states including Georgia criminalize HIV. This week, you're invited to join other advocates to do something about it.

One Atlantan’s quintessential queer relationship manifesto

I unlocked the U-Haul achievement at 30 and failed miserably. Why? Because society conditions us to find “The One”, get married, have kids, and die. But do queer women really want to nest mere minutes after meeting “The One”?

When idols die and we lose a little piece of our queer childhoods

Having heroes pass away is one of the hardest things about aging. When a bright star fades suddenly, it changes the constellations in our mind’s skies.

Racism in Atlanta’s gayborhoods runs deep. Where do we go from here?

Let’s be real. Many queer folks and people of color don’t feel welcomed and are not welcomed in many predominantly white and cisgender spaces.

The T in Tinder — and the B, and the Lipstick L — spell trouble

As a cis woman, my experience on Tinder isn’t as treacherous transgender users. As a queer woman, I feel like a lamb shank in a butcher shop.

Dear Editor: What were you thinking publishing ‘Queer Segregation’ piece?

The following letter came in response to a recent Q Voices column about queer self-segregation by race. More responses from LGBTQ people of color are forthcoming.

Prep for Pride and beyond on National Gay Men’s HIV Awareness Day

National Gay Men’s HIV Awareness Day is Sept. 27. In addition to several local commemorations and events, guys can get in on this discussion to squash shame, quash anxiety, and move beyond "risk."

20th Bi Visibility Day still a double-edged challenge for bisexuals

We’ve come a long way since the first Bi Visibility Day in 199, but unfortunately, bisexual people still face pressure to justify their identity regardless of their partner's gender.

A Black Pride Atlanta call to action: Go beyond visibility to liberation

It can be easy to forget that black LGBTQ lives are under attack, especially in this era of Pose, Lil Nas X and Lena Waithe. Visibility is great, but it’s not the end game. Pride = Liberation.

Dancing with our depression on LGBTQ suicide watch

They say take time to be grateful, that the act of gratitude will ground you, motivate you and make you appreciate your life more. This is some straight-person bullshit.

My queer existence as queer resistance

We are the legacy of unapologetically queer community leaders, activists, families, performers and more. Our existence itself is an act of rebellion.

When pre-conceptions cock block reality of finding a partner

"Since I already had an idea of what my partner should look like, I passed up some incredible potential partners because they didn’t fit the mold."

Dear Straight People: An open letter to those who judge and condemn LGBTQ people

Many of you are allies of the LGBTQ community. Thank you. But now I want to address other “straight” persons who wrestle to accept their LGBGTQ brethren.
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