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Way before there was a rainbow crosswalk in Midtown, Atlanta’s LGBTQ+ scene was flourishing. Queer history tends to focus on large cities like New York and San Francisco, but Atlanta’s actually been a haven for queer and trans Southerners since the early 20th century.
Tara Roberts spent the last few years following and diving with Black scuba divers as they document slave shipwrecks around the world. She retold those stories in her six-part podcast series, Into the Depths, and, in the process, found a way to honor the lives of lost ancestors
Fifty years ago, a ragtag group of queer women launched the Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance, upending Georgia’s leftist politics with protest, performance—and plenty of softball.
Looking for new books to add to your reading list? Here are 10 either written by Georgia authors or about Georgians themselves.
"One day, when we were all in our early 30s, Martin Luther King Jr. said to our little ragtag bunch, 'Everybody here has got to be clinically insane to think that with no money, no political power, no army, no nothing, we are going to redeem the soul of America.' And then, he said, 'We’ll be lucky to make it to 40. But if we make it past 40, we’re going to have to make it to 100 because this is not an easy job. It’ll take more than our lifetimes to get it right.' Well, I think that planted it in my mind, especially after he was killed, that I had to make it to 100."
“And I saw that what pretended to be a national reawakening was simply the beginning of a reign of terror”
A Southern white woman abroad, Marguerite Kratina found much to admire in Nazi Germany—until she didn’t. Her letters tell the story.
Eby Marshall Slack, an original staffer at Atlanta’s iconic Paschal’s restaurant, on building community
"Two brothers brought the community closer. They taught me as a young man to respect other people. They told me to get all of the education you can, and don’t ever look back. Keep going forward, work, and be dedicated to something in life."