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For Appearances’ Sake: Why is Gay Spending Beyond Our Means?

The myth of the Pink Dollar, and how keeping up with the gay Joneses is corrupting our priorities By Mike Fleming If you’ve been out and proud long enough, you’ve already heard that gay people are affluent and have tremendous buying power that can be harnessed for activism and marketing. But is it true, and what effect does that nottion have on our spending habits and financial priorities? Is the concept of the Pink Dollar doing us more harm than…

Breaking the Stigma

HIV discrimination within our own community perpetuates a stigma against one of us that hurts all of us By Mike Fleming Ask any group of gay men a question, and you’re not likely to get the same answer twice. Make that question about HIV, and you have a diversity of opinion and stories worthy of a soap opera. Despite advances in the prevention and treatment of HIV, the shadow of HIV stigma still looms large, affecting many of those of living…

Bursting Your Bubble

How gay men can help themselves, and lead others, to repair fences in a divided world By Mike Fleming According to your social feed, you are so right so often that you must have the world by the tail. But with all the dissent that you hear about later, there must be a kink in that system somewhere. Amid the preaching to the choir and affirming feedback when we log onto our social networks, why are we as a society…

Man About Town: James Brian Yancey

  Rainbros Co-founder adds to fabric of gay life in Atlanta By Matthew Holley Ever since its launch at the start of the New Year, Rainbros has redefined what it means to be a gay man in Atlanta through its unique take on peer mentorship and group activities. Rainbros envisions opportunities to discover commonalities and foster friendships above and beyond the typical gay hotspots and our own limited personal social circles. Co-founder James Brian Yancey has worked tirelessly on the…

The Problem With Parties

For all the talk of the fun in fundraising, some gay men in Atlanta just aren’t having as good a time as others. By Mike Fleming “Party with a purpose.” We hear the phrase often enough in gay Atlanta. It’s code for event fundraising, and at least on the surface, there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s the perception and reaction that comes after hearing it where opinions split. Are some events more party than purpose? Without exception, every one of…

Man About Town: State Representative Sam Park

He may be young, but don’t count out Georgia’s first elected gay male legislator as inexperienced. By Matthew Holley Since his election to represent District 101 in Gwinnett County late last year, Sam Park has hit the ground running and not let up. Despite his rookie status, the freshman legislator is fast garnering a reputation as fearless when it comes to reaching across the aisle to build bridges and stop anti-LGBT legislation. Yearning to lessen the political and cultural divide,…

Food, Fun, and Fabulous Fare

Get your warm weather groove back with a dozen patios, pubs and party places that make spring pop. By James Parker Sheffield With great weather comes great social-calendar responsibility. Gay Atlantans hit the streets in search of the perfect spot to soak up the sun, kick back cocktails, and enjoy the best in playful seasonal menus. In that spirit, the following pages deliver a season’s worth of eateries to try or rediscover, whether you’re looking to laze away a few…

Leaving Midtown: De-Gaying the Gayborhood

De-gayed gayborhood. Homo homogenization. Post-gay world. What now? By Mike Fleming As some of the chatter goes, Midtown is being ruined by monied yuppies reversing the suburban flight of several decades ago, and gay Atlanta is suffering for it. We fixed up the place, and rich people moved in. Then we spread out to make our mark on in-town places like East Atlanta Village and Old Fourth Ward, and every suburb within driving distance. Whether that’s a bad thing or not,…

Keeping It Together: How to Make Love Last

Making love last is Job One for gay men this Valentine season, whether you and yours are just getting in the game, been together forever, or starting over from scratch. By Mike Fleming If 2015 was all about marriage, and 2016 found us weathering the storm of backlashes against our relationships, it follows that this can be the year when gay men can settle in, truly define our relationships to suit ourselves and not ideals, and finally figure out how…

Relationship: Uncomplicated

Take the guesswork out of Valentine’s Day or any date night with our choices for what to wear and where to go based on how long you’ve been together By Mike Fleming   New Romantics Together: One Year or Less Every night with him is just like a dream, but you’re too busy dancing to seem too serious too fast. Theme Song: New Romantics by Taylor Swift Where to Eat For your first Valentine’s Day or your first “real” date,…