Out in the Wild

Simon Williamson, columnist with Georgia Voice

Simon Williamson: Our existence is a partisan issue

One of the things we look at regularly in political science is why people are partisan — that is, why do they declare themselves a Democrat or a Republican, and then vote for that party? The surprising answer i...
Simon Williamson, columnist with Georgia Voice

Simon Williamson: All hail Adam Rippon

It isn’t often we get to watch our own in action. Making up five or so percent of the population means that for LGBTQ members to be at the top of their field in a world that still doesn’t really want them is a ...
Simon Williamson, columnist with Georgia Voice

Simon Williamson: A teacher and a trail of victims

My husband’s hometown, a small city in western Pennsylvania, is currently undergoing its own Harvey Weinstein moment, as decades of sexual abuse by a teacher has finally been let out into the open. Every year, ...
Simon Williamson, columnist with Georgia Voice

Simon Williamson: On reacting to bigotry with violence

It isn’t that I haven’t been exposed to the parts of the US that hate us. My husband is from a small former steel town in Pennsylvania. Before moving to Athens, we lived in the southern tip of Newton County – t...

Simon Williamson: Lessening the burden of coming out

One of the most frustrating things about coming out — even in these most contemporarily accepting times of homosexuality since Jesus was spread all over the globe to ban it — is that the entire risk, burden and...
Simon Williamson, columnist with Georgia Voice

Simon Williamson: I find it hard to be forgiving

My cousin, about 15 years older than me, who grew up under the real throngs of apartheid South Africa, the rails of which were lubricated by ideology similar to what you know of the American South, was really s...
Simon Williamson, columnist with Georgia Voice

Simon Williamson: Expert bigots are coming for us

Since the landmark 1973 abortion ruling Roe v. Wade, the federal and state legislatures and the politicians we call “judges” have found ways to maintain a woman’s right to choose, but wreck her actual ability t...
Simon Williamson, columnist with Georgia Voice

Simon Williamson: Bad day at the rodeo

One of the most common refrains we hear in the post-2016 US is that Democrats lost because they are out of touch with the rest of the country, bundled up in their sanctuary welfare cities and missing out on all...