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Splash DOWN Q dives in and wets its whistle on queer Atlanta’s epic summer
BALANCING BEING A CIS GAY basic bitch with being queer woke has become a pastime among some of my friends, who insist the struggle is real.
Conflicted over the disparity between corporate World Pride and largely ignored
LGBTQ injustices, of Madonna simultaneously appearing on the Pier in New York
and pricing most of her fans out of attendance, of loving rainbow bullshit and hating fair-weather allies, they celebrate the passing of their ignorance even as they lament the slow-death of their privilege and its trappings.
So does Rainbow Unicorn Glitter Ally Month rock,
or suck? Is it real, or an illusion? I say the answer is yes, and that’s it’s OK to embrace a bisected reality. Buy
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cheap corporate acknowledgements of mainstream assimilation or don’t, but do recognize that it’s still progress, even if there’s still a long way to go.
Here at Q magazine and Project Q Atlanta, every MIKE FLEMING EDITOR & PUBLISHER
day is gay, and every month is Pride Month. We’re
happy to embrace change as we continue our mission highlighting LGBTQ issues, advancements, setbacks
and events, as well as queer Atlantans themselves making their way in a complicated world. Through it all, we just keep swimming.
Which reminds me, Q contributor James L. Hicks is back with another jaw-dropping portrait series on a local LGBTQ staple. This time, members of Atlanta Rainbow Trout swimming and water polo teams strike a pose alongside interviews of their captains, who welcome all comers to jump headlong into their pool.
Meanwhile, columnist Bill Dickinson was doing reps at the gym and got inspired to embrace his life as a mélange instead of a mess. Atlanta Pride stirs up a diverse stew of its own, and the Queer Agenda calendar hits the highlights of a busy time to be
LGBTQ in the ATL. We also visit the best of recent events in Q Shots and list the most hotly anticipated books of summer.
We wrap this week’s coverage in letters from readers — one takes umbrage with me
instead of his own aging issues, and another thinks growing up in general is hard. As Dickinson says in his column, it’s a lot, but somehow it all fits together.
So stop dragging your toe with worry and anticipation and come on in. The water’s fine. Check back with us for fresh content every day at theQatl.com, a new print edition every Thursday, and write me if so inclined at mike@theQatl.com.