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Actors know that playing a good villain means believing that they aren’t a  villain at all. Sounds like a task, but humans in general, and Atlanta queers in particular, tend to recognize our best selves and lie about our dark sides. Follow this issue of Q from puppies to parties, queer spaces to coming out, and foes to photos.

Of course, we all readily admit our own loving tenderness. Never is it more apparent than with our animals. In our cover story on queer Atlanta’s own James L. Hicks, the photographer lets us peek behind his camera, then exposes his lens on 10 local LGBTQ dog owners including himself (cover photo). A staunch animal activist, Hicks tells us why this shoot is a project soclose to his heart.

With puppy love on our minds, 10 Queer Things reminds you of multiple ways dogs are better than lovers, and signs you may be already more in love with yours than anyone else.

Coming over to the dark side, Ian Aber breaks from his comedy routine to speak frankly as a queer performer in our Voices column. Moving us all beyond Burkhart’s, he keeps an issue in front of us that has long been ignored or left behind too quickly by too many of us. Ian points how racism between Atlanta queers is everywhere, and asserts how we collectively and individually lie to ourselves about all LGBTQ spaces being “safe.”

Speaking of Burkhart’s, there is no Burkhart’s. Our News section wraps up that closing, and checks in with Georgia’s legislative loonies doing their best to codify discrimination and curb queer equality this session.

It’s a lot, and it’s bad, but back to the good stuff. The Q advice column finds three very different coming out stories, from ages 15 to 55. In this week’s People profile, meet Exquisite Gender, an all-trans, all-Atlanta, all-rockin’ band taking their debut bow this weekend at Out Front theater to benefit Georgia Equality.

Also on tap, playing with stereotypes and patriarchal toxicity. You might think that sounds evil, but when male archetypes are flipped with full awareness to subvert the concept with a welcome-everybody attitude, we’re in. When it happens with pumping beats, it must be ManShaft. Queer fixture DJ Diablo Rojo and his party series return with the Lumberjack Edition in our Events preview.

Events also abound in the Queer Agenda calendar and on the Q Shots pages. See what went down in the latter, and find your next opportunities in the former. Keep an eye on our home site Project Q Atlanta for the latest queer coverage every single day, find your print copy of Q around town every Wednesday, and reach out to us any time with your Q-related musings.

Reach Editor and Publisher Mike Fleming via e-mail, or on our Contact Us form. Read the full digital edition of this issue below.



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