Heads up, all you LGBT Atlanta alternaqueers yearning for something unique. Wussy magazine swoops onto the local landscape like a hero to save you from gay sameness with an edgy take on drag, art and a whole new sexy.
From the artfags who put the bite back in gay Atlanta’s drag scene comes Wussy, “an online magazine for Southern queers.” The website went up last week, and it’s a labor of love says Jon Dean, the photographer-turned-editor who heretofore was known to you as one of the Legendary Children masterminds.
“We definitely felt there was a gap in the representation of certain queers – people who don’t feel like they fit in with the mainstream gay, lesbian, or straight communities,” Dean tells Project Q. “We’ve had a lot of great local support – Thanks ProjectQ! – for Legendary Children events, but there are so many queer artists in Atlanta and the greater southeast doing amazing things that are often overlooked.”
We get that Wussy is a visual-heavy jaunt through a facet of the LGBT-ATL that others can't cover all the time, but the magazine's mission statement is even headier.
“Our relationship with reality has entered a new and tenuous frontier. No longer are we bound by the limits of distance and definition that weighed so heavily on those that have walked before us. The presence of virtual communities and ease through which they speak with each other have allowed us new freedoms to play with our understanding of what a self is.
WUSSY seeks to be a safe space for the exploration and expansion of self. As our dynamic and vibrant community continues to evolve in its understanding of how its members perceive and relate to the flesh, we wish to provide a squawk box for these new perspectives, opinions, thoughts, and outlooks.
There is a bounty of new life and energy in the southeast and we’d like to share a little of ours with you.”
We've loved Dean & Co. even before they caused a censorship stir with early contributor and later “RuPaul's Drag Race” vixen Violet Chachki, but we haven’t actually chatted with Dean since his last art-drag collision into film. We figure that getting a gander at Wussy is a perfect excuse to catch up. He graces us with the vision for the mag, his long list of cohorts including several names well known to Project Q readers, and his take on how Wussy fans can get involved in the product and its spinoff events, not just in Atlanta but across the Southeast.
Beyond the tagline, what’s the vision for Wussy?
Wussy is an online culture and lifestyle magazine – focusing on nightlife, art, drag, opinions and everything in between. It’s for anyone who has ever felt queer or “other.” The southern queer landscape is incredibly diverse and it’s time to shine a spotlight on that. Community is super important to me, and I think oftentimes Atlanta and the rest of the Southeast are overlooked. We hope that Wussy will help shed a little bit of light on our community.
Wussy began through conversations I was having with a few of my Legendary Children partners. We wanted to create something that could not only highlight Atlanta’s amazing drag scene, but could also be a platform for the other queer artists, writers, performers, and personalities in the city. We are always open for submissions and new ideas [by e-mail].
Who is wussy?
For now, I’m serving as the editor-in-chief. I connected with graphic designer and photographer, Austin Frantz, and he has been a huge part of the development of Wussy. My close friend Christopher Kaluzienski is our associate editor, making sure we sound semi-educated.
Other contributing artists are: King Atlas, Sunni Johnson, Barry Brandon, Matt Jones, Eddie Ray, Blake England, and a few Legendary Children queens like Lavonia Elberton, Cayenne Rouge, and Ellisorous Rex. It’s a great team, and we are all proud Southern sissies.
What can readers expect as far as content?
We plan to have new content rolled out weekly – covering nightlife, art, sexuality, drag. The site will be updated as regularly as possible, at least a couple times a week. We will be regularly covering different art and drag events throughout the city and posting photos on our website.
Stay tuned for our Wussy of the Month features – photo essays of men, women, and gender –noncomforming people. It’s about to get really sexy. We want to showcase beautiful people of Atlanta, who maybe are not the typical “ideal” of beauty. Weird is sexy. Being different and having confidence is sexy.
What else do you want people to know?
Our next big venture is to launch a special Youtube channel called WussyTV very soon. We are working closely with some of the Savannah queens of the House of Gunt to create a whole new level of weird.
Also, Wussy will throw regular events to celebrate Atlanta nightlife and queer culture, with our first one coming this summer. Stay tuned!