Ryan Lee

Ryan Lee: Anybody but Mary Norwood for Atlanta mayor

Mary Norwood is nothing. That is not (entirely) shade, but the image the city councilmember has crafted while running for mayor of Atlanta for the past 10 years: a political outsider who has been in public offi...
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Ryan Lee: LGBT and taking a knee

If anyone thought the protest raging through the NFL was not a LGBT issue, the Atlanta Police Department recently reminded us why we should all be taking a knee. Despite the focus on the national anthem and the...
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Ryan Lee: Pride and promiscuity

There are occasional Sunday evenings when I'm scrolling my social media feeds, and rather than “Most Recent” or “Top Stories,” it feels like my review of that weekend's happenings should be categorized, “While ...
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Ryan Lee: The devil wears muscle tees

“No fats, no fems” – one of the most tyrannical phrases in gay online dating – is now a motto for American Nazis. Except, a little bit of fem is OK for the white supremacists, specifically form-fitting jeans an...
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Your guide to Atlanta’s countless sub-genres of drag

Not since male actors dressed up to play Juliet, Cordelia and Lady Macbeth at the Globe Theatre has the art of female impersonation been as forefront as it is today. From RuPaul reigning as one of the most powe...
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Ryan Lee: The war at home

Transgender women are being lynched in America, and people are making jokes about it on nationally syndicated radio shows. There may be no ropes in this modern version of societal-condoned killing, but the live...
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Ryan Lee: LGBT Americans facing the winds of Dixie

Opportunity and possibility are often associated with the future and what is to come, but the past is filled with just as many chances to achieve greatness or grow into a better person. A few years ago, Pizza H...
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Ryan Lee: The gayborhood has crossed the road

After the better part of 14 years, I moved out of Midtown in February, which I consider the official end of the area's reign as the gayest part of Atlanta. As much as I would like to claim credit, though, the p...
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Ryan Lee: Cuddling for sluts

As someone whose relationship goals are focused on one-night stands rather than long-term monogamy, I've learned the importance of cuddling responsibly. When it comes to intimacy, I operate on an inverted se...
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Ryan Lee: Packing a year of gunclehood into a box

At the risk of offending one of my best friends who took some soul-revealing photos of my nephew at the BeltLine skatepark last week, my favorite picture from this year of gunclehood is a grainy screenshot from...