The Bottom Line

Stop Labeling the Bars

Earlier this month GA Voice asked readers ‘why can’t Atlanta sustain lesbian bars’ and Project Q featured a blog from James Keaton Maxwell who was ‘disappointed in midtown’ and likened Midtown and Blake’s to a ‘high school cafeteria’. After examining the evolution of my own hangout spots since I moved to Atlanta nearly 8 years ago, I’ve concluded that only ... Read More »

The Bottom Line- Change . . . It Does a Body Good

I love the idea of a New Year. It’s like someone took the Etch-a-Sketch from your hands, gave it a huge shake, wiping the screen clear, and then handed it back to you. There’s something promising about the ability to say, “well this year is going to be better.” We’ve all pondered resolutions (and maybe even broken a few already); ... Read More »

The Bottom Line- New Year’s Resolutions

It’s that time of year again. New Year’s Resolutions. Sometimes I wonder why even bother because they’re always the same and always broken by February 1st, but this year I’ve pinpointed something I really need to work on. I’ve never been patient and this deficiency pervades all aspects of my life. I get upset when I have to tell my ... Read More »

The Bottom Line- Safe and Supportive

Being an LGBT youth isn’t always easy. It seems everywhere we turn there’s another report of a gay teen committing suicide. Additionally, a 2011 CDC report shows that gay, bisexual and questioning teens are more likely to have current drug use habits than heterosexual teens. The CDC correlates these high risk behaviors among sexual minority teens with a lack of ... Read More »

The Bottom Line- Ghosts of Christmas Present(s)

As a child the biggest joy of Christmas was the restless sleep Christmas Eve night knowing that when I woke up there was going to be a bounty of wrapped boxes big and small under the tree. Christmas morning, I would race into the living room wide-eyed and uncaring that I would be exhausted before noon and I’d join the ... Read More »

The Bottom Line – My Ghost of Christmas Past

Throughout my late teens and early 20’s, I avoided my family during the holidays. Sgt. Mom’s rigorous holiday schedule made Christmas seem more like boot camp than a joyous occasion and I can count on one hand the number of conversations I had with my dad during that time. Instead, I usually spent the holidays in a bar with like-minded ... Read More »

The Bottom Line: Gift to Avoid This Holiday Season

Thanksgiving, then Christmas and then New Year’s means a bounty of holiday parties to attend but it also means that more police will be patrolling Metro Atlanta’s streets and highways looking for people driving under the influence. Our community has never been one to shy away from having a drink but take it from me, the one set of lights ... Read More »

The Bottom Line – Being Thankful

We live in a society driven by information but I still remember card catalog classes in middle school and very early on in high school; the internet and its place in schools was just being established. Now with laptop computers, smartphones and tablets we have a wealth of information at our fingertips. There’s no need to remember how many feet ... Read More »

The Bottom Line – Sunday Liquor Sales

Last Tuesday morning I woke up swelling with an excitement I hadn’t felt in a long time. I double checked everything in the weeks leading up to Election Day. I made sure I knew where my polling place was and that I had my voter registration card. I also made sure I had the morning off so that I could ... Read More »

The Bottom Line – Let’s Get Real About HIV

If you build it, they will come. That might work with straight people and baseball but for our community I’m banking on if Gaga preaches it, they will listen. No, I’m not talking about the overhyped Born This Way album, but Gaga’s latest social issues campaign about HIV and safe sex. HIV/AIDS is still a major concern within our community. ... Read More »

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