Out in the Wild

Simon Williamson, columnist with Georgia Voice

Simon Williamson: Left outside alone

Back when I was in my early twenties, I was thrown out of my friend’s house by his father, who had undergone the experience of finding out I was gay while a trickle of blood simultaneously permeated his alcohol...
Simon Williamson, columnist with Georgia Voice

Simon Williamson: The puritans are restless

I am all for anything that opens up more avenues for humanity to enjoy more sex, although I am still always surprised when I see the moralistic mother-grundies crawl out from beneath their rocking chairs to ...
Simon Williamson, columnist with Georgia Voice

Simon Williamson: Ticking every macho box

I typically love it when sports stars come out, because it shatters the myth that gay men are anything stereotypical and that, in fact, we are a many varied beast. Along with being talented in many arenas hi...
Simon Williamson, columnist with Georgia Voice

Simon Williamson: Making the big move to Athens

My husband and I have just moved to Athens, which means we've traded in rural near-middle Georgia for the home of the B-52's, which, since they had RuPaul in a music video, are among my favorite perf...
Simon Williamson, columnist with Georgia Voice

Simon Williamson: The courage of coming out

We all had to be brave. Caitlyn Jenner has given the country yet another opportunity to declare who is not a hero in relation to the military, and the country has responded in the best way it knows h...
Simon Williamson, columnist with Georgia Voice

Simon Williamson: Of flags, marriage and denial

There is a severe absence of embarrassment here in rural Georgia over the Confederate flag kerfuffle. Like belligerent teens, current owners of the most recognizably rancid symbol in America are now flying the ...

Simon Williamson: Panic At the Disco. Well, concert

I am not someone who fears confrontation. I usually believe I am right, I am happy to argue with just about anyone, and I have an explosive temper like a rodeo bull (that’s just a metaphor—a cowboy on top of me...

Simon Williamson: No templates needed

While being LGBT+ people in an un-LGBT+ world comes with an almighty load of problems—like the need to constantly protest against laws specifically designed to cock us around—there are benefits to having few te...

Simon Williamson: Time to enjoy our own places

It’s about time we get to enjoy our own places. You know, for all its drawbacks, I like living where I do. I drive interminable distances to get to work, often feeling like Moses: wanting to give up, but ...

Simon Williamson: Country gays doing okay

I have filled these pages with the potential perils of being country gays, with all the optimism of a Falcons fan, but it would be folly of me to not express some of the quirky aspects of this sparsely populate...