There’s an old adage in print media that comes from the former New York Times slogan: All the news that’s fit to print. To this day, many a young journalist’s high falutin dreams are dashed when they find out that what readers see is not what’s fit to print, but print to fit — onto the page itself and within the allotted page count of an issue.
Everything about your experience, in any publication, is limited by the scope of a specific article, by the publication’s mission, by advertiser and reader expectations and within any one editor or team’s vision, experience and abilities.
We spend the rest of our careers trying to balance what we are compelled to report for the greater good against what we are required to write about under myriad confines. Even now as editor and publisher, it’s a balancing act that I take very seriously and take into account multiple times each hour, each day and in each issue of Q.
No one working here, partnering with us or reading this will agree with every decision, but hopefully enough right calls happen to earn some respect that none of them are made lightly or flippantly.
Take this week’s Q Health & Fitness Issue. Taking on queer wellness, fitness for all, the state of HIV in Atlanta and LGBTQ politi-medical challenges is a tall order. Still, we think with the help of our advertising partners in this special edition, it informs and inspires as is our mission.
Speaking of fit to print, Atlanta lesbian Janaya “Jai” Davis has been to hell and back. As a world-ranked boxer turned Dekalb Fire & EMS worker whose amazing story you don't want to miss, she translates her journey into a local gym and full-tilt fitness inspiration for you in this week’s Q&A.
And whether you go in for the gym, dance classes, nature walks or freestyling at home, the ways in which queers exercise – or don’t — vary as widely as our readership itself. With that in mind, the Q Cover feature finds a few moves to aid recovery and longevity for everybody in every body with no equipment required.
On the medical front, 10 Queer Things goes to the doctor with you to identify a nationally recognized list of things they should do before you give them your trust and your business as an LGBTQ patient. And some 35 years into an epidemic, we’d be remiss not to touch on HIV in our city. Welcome to the State of HIV in Atlanta with some local experts working to quell the tide.
Read up, then hit us back here for fresh content every day, and look for us in print again next week on stands and online. As always, I’m worrying about and toiling over the next issue at [email protected] if you need me.
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