Out in the Wild

Simon Williamson, columnist with Georgia Voice

Simon Williamson: The price of hiding in the bubble

My formative years were in apartheid South Africa. I was too young to really appreciate the changes that happened in my country until I got older, and realized how incredibly easy my life was, and the severe ho...
Simon Williamson, columnist with Georgia Voice

Simon Williamson: Racism is not a mere disagreement

I tend to refrain from writing about race because we’re not short of people who are on the receiving end of racism doing it much better, and from a lived-experience thereof. No matter how much we read or watch ...

Simon Williamson: In 2017, put out wisely

Among us walk Trump supporters. Right within our community – if they aren’t supporters, they are perhaps enablers: the Milo Yiannopouloses of our people, who think that all this political claptrap is annoying a...
Simon Williamson, columnist with Georgia Voice

Simon Williamson: Using our own privilege

Us middle-class white gay men do actually carry around a fair amount of privilege, despite the common victimhood self-flagellation in the comments section of any article that disputes it. A great example of thi...
Simon Williamson, columnist with Georgia Voice

Simon Willamson: Misunderstanding ‘lewd’

I suffered several near heart attacks as the national media spent the last fortnight using “lewd” to describe Donald Trump’s comments about sexually assaulting women. By now you have likely read multitudes of e...
Simon Williamson, columnist with Georgia Voice

Simon Williamson: Protecting Pride

In February I attended a wedding of two friends and it was packed full of my people, and it was fantastic. While we were there to celebrate the marriage of this long-term couple, we took the opportunity to kick...

Simon Williamson: Finding homo

By now you have likely come across LOGO’s newest brightly-colored and oft-repeated “Finding Prince Charming,” which is essentially “The Bachelor” but for pretty gays. I don’t watch “The Bachelor” (or “The Bache...
Simon Williamson, columnist with Georgia Voice

Simon Williamson: Taking refuge in gay spaces

We go to gay bars to get away from everyone else, so the shooting in Orlando was an assault on our places; places that exist specifically because the general public pushed us to find spaces out of their sight. ...
Simon Williamson, columnist with Georgia Voice

Simon Williamson: Hate from afar will get here

It has been a thoroughly depressing month since I last complained in these pages. While complaining is something I am both enthusiastic about, and rather good at, I prefer to not have to use my abilities when t...