Q uncovers Jake Shears, Atlanta’s hidden queers, and advice for LGBTQ youth

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Queers of every ilk mix together with others from all walks in Atlanta. We enjoy at least some level of acceptance or tolerance that rural places just can’t match. Politicians, media and most LGBTQ plain folks tout diversity as one of the keys to our continued work toward equality. 

But once we acknowledge each other’s basic equality, how do we learn to love those who will never see eye to eye with us? In a word, respect. When we practice acceptance, kindness and helpfulness, unity becomes possible. 

Atlanta’s diversity comes front and center in this week's Q magazine, in which stats find the densest queer population by percentage in Atlanta. Hint: it's not white men in Midtown. We also find secrets we’d tell our younger queer selves and apply one of those lessons to letter writers in The Q advice column.

Speaking of lessons for his younger self, sexy singer Jake Shears of Scissor Sisters has learned a lot since his iconic queer band broke up. In our cover profile, he pours it all into his solo debut, and he talks to us about the album, straight guys, his mustache, his body image issues, and his plans for Atlanta.

As always, find what you did and what you’re going to do in the Q Shots galleries and the Queer Agenda calendar, and send me your ideas for future stories we might cover. 

Read the full issue below now, and pick up your hard copy at LGBTQ-friendly venues around town:



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