This week’s Q mag spotlights curvy queers and variation as strength

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There are as many kinds of queers as there are kinds of people. And hello, it’s because we’re people first and LGBTQ second. We’re human beings.

Not so long ago by any stretch, the mainstream majority didn’t even concede that point, that we are people, much less that we couldn’t all be boxed together and placed on a one-size-fits all shelf. Unfortunately, queers can’t agree amongst ourselves, either.

Our vast diversity also means lots of judging, shaming, exclusionary tactics and infighting between various factions and cliques within factions. Even inclusion in the obvious diversity of the LGBTQ acronym is up for analysis, and the individual letters are debated amongst ourselves as “worthy” or “not worthy,” as if our differences are a curse rather than a virtue.

At Q, we say those differences are our community’s strength, not our undoing. By shear virtue of our diversity, we show that everyone, every iteration of LGBTTQQIAA*, deserves basic civil and human rights.

This issue of Q shines a spotlight on variation as strength. It starts with the burly bros and buxom babes in our Curvy Queers cover feature. Photographer Jon Dean introduces us to six sexy Atlanta queers of size – and of variant identity expressions – who embrace their shape. Beyond the drop-dead gorgeous pics, we ask each one about their personal style, their favorite venues, and a little bit about what makes them tick.

From there, our Q Voices columns this week discuss culture clashes between butch lesbians and trans men, as well as the pitfalls of LGBTQ dating for disabled people. Both columns discuss how we could all use more understanding and less assuming.

In the weekly 10 Queer Things feature, we look at diversity demographics that intersect with being queer in infinitely compelling combinations, all of which deserve our basic respect and hopefully an empowering embrace to realize our true potential as a movement.

We also meet up with local diva worshipper and author Quentin Harrison about his latest labor of love, out singer Ria Mae about her new EP My Love, and gay comic Guy Branum about the headliner love he’s serving at Laughing Skull Lounge this weekend.

Of course, we’ll also bring you Q Shots from recent events and wrap the issue with The Q advice column. This week, Life Judge makes the case for love over romance when the Seven Year Itch sets in. And like every week, you also have my attention. Give me a shout with your comments, concerns and questions at [email protected].

* Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Two-Spirit, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual and Allies. Yes, really. And more actually. 

Mike Fleming is publisher and editor of Q magazine. Read our full issue below:



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