Outspoken

Literary Bathhouse

I attended my first writers’ conference this weekend and was surprised by how similar it felt to a trip to the bathhouse, just with more small talk. About a hundred aspiring novelists were at an airport hotel t...

Workplace Avengers

The worst part of ourselves tends to emerge when we’re placed in a defensive position, where normally hidden thoughts are strewn like weapons from our forked tongues. When I placed a colleague in such a positio...

The Perilous Mirage of Monogamy

The last thing I wanted to be doing at five o’clock on a Monday morning was escorting a member of one of Atlanta’s royal couples out of my apartment. The bemusing scene became more unsettling a day later when I...

Expensive Sweets

I have a sweet tooth. My biggest dietary issue is my addiction to sugar, and if it’s anywhere in my environment it won’t last long before it’s in my belly. But the last piece of candy I ate ended up being the m...

The Stupid Question: Are You Clean?

I took a shower this morning. I am clean. I might work out at the gym later, or maybe the trash bag will break on the way outside and cover me in coffee grounds. I will then be dirty. I will shower again. I wil...

Edible Epiphanies

There I was. The music was blaring, half-naked men were bouncing around, and I was feeling great! I’d been offered an edible from an acquaintance which I gladly accepted. I figured, “What’s the harm? It’ll help...

Proud Trailblazer or Political Catfish?

The Victory Fund has played an instrumental role in electing the first out lesbian U.S. senator, as well as openly lesbian mayors in two of the nation’s largest cities, Houston and Chicago. In the special elect...

An UBER Big No, No

I’ve never used the Pool option with Uber before, preferring to e-hail a driver and keep them all to myself. But my first Braves game this season changed my mind for a night, a decision I would immediately regr...

The Messy Art of Decluttering

Nowadays, we can’t escape the word “decluttering” without darting our attention to Marie Kondo’s work, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.” It’s fantastic, sure. But without our own submission, self-help bo...

Dark Clouds on a Sunny Day

It takes a lot of courage to accept that you’re not as stable of a person as you may have led yourself to believe. For nearly a decade, I’ve been battling some type of evil within me. No, I’m not possessed but ...

For the Love of Pockets!

A victim of intentional or negligent actions caused by another person can sue for emotional distress or mental anguish. I think the stress I’ve suffered because of women’s fashion could constitute legal action ...