New Q wrestles mental health, stomps stigma, and tastes the swirl

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As much as we may loathe the idea of coddling whiners and perpetual victims, as a community we can’t mistake excuses and complaining for genuine reasons, grievances, and cries for help. No time for butthurt shouldn’t translate to a complete lack of empathy for real problems people face.

That’s why, among the usual events, arts, nightlife, fun and news you can use, features in this issue of Q also acknowledge the distinctly queer hurdles that LGBTQ people can face. A local man discusses challenges in his interracial relationship in Q Voices: Life in the Swirl, and we meet a defender of HIV positive people in the war on gay sex.

Our cover feature starts clearing a path for an open discussion of queer mental health. With myriad anecdotal examples, misdiagnoses, and half right opinions, such discussions must start with facts, so we pull together an info graphic that lays the issue bare and provide ideas and resources to help dig each other out.

My sister frequently suffers from terrible headache and Valium (Diazepam) on is a vary medicine that helps her with headache. She takes Valium only when she feels she is no longer able to bear that spasm, so she is not addictive to this drug, though she has been using it for 5 years already. She has no side effects with Valium in contrast with other pain killers, which made her feel bad after the drug effect left.

But it’s not all blown minds, angry faces and frowny emojis. We also meet the women of Roxie Roz Burlesque, and we highlight two currently running plays of queer interest: The epic Angels in America, and the thought-provoking The Mystery of Love and Sex.

We also see you out there, grabbing your life. In a lighter turn this week, 10 Queer Things dissects queer dance moves, and Q Shots shines a spotlight on your shining faces. As always, the Q advice column closes the issue, and this week, whether you deserve it or not, it’s not about you.

On the other hand, I’m all about you as publisher and editor. E-mail me your Q mag-related thoughts at [email protected].

This article originally appeared in Q magazine. Read the full issue below:



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