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Johnny & Julian: Love, laughter and how to style your hair

Johnny and Julian

Johnny Drago and Julian Modugno have been dating a year and now live together in a tiny studio apartment that is lined with books on nearly every wall.

Both are prolific writers and can be regularly seen at many of Atlanta’s numerous writing events sharing their craft. They also pursue their own creative projects — Johnny as an actor, Julian as a filmmaker — which gives them plenty to chat about over dinner.

They are also both quite fond of puns during their sexy times together — which seems to be a bit over the top.

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Avian & Chantrece: Adventure dates and Bible study

Avian Waton and Chantrece Buggs

Together for 16 months, Avian Watson and Chantrece Buggs met at a Traxx Girls event at Club Miami. But it was definitely not love at first sight.

“Her first words were, ‘You look like my ex girlfriend,’” Chantrece says.

“She favored an ex of mine and I immediately went the other way,” Avian adds with a smile.

But after time, the two struck up a friendship that developed into a relationship based on love, respect, attending church together and “adventure” dates.

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Sex & Dating: First date disasters

Maggie Lopez

I’m by no means prolific in the romantic department; the quality of my relationships has always trumped the quantity. I’ve been legally married now for six years (in Connecticut and reciprocal states, anyway.) In my fifties, I can still count my romantic liaisons on one hand, with a few digits to spare. Thanks mostly to my wonderful spouse, our relationship is often the source of public admiration, seen as some effortless, meant-to-be union.

But truth be told, my road to romantic bliss is paved with a weird string of first dates that would easily pass for David Lynch vignettes.

While most of the world had a Y2K disaster contingency, I did not. And so, by the stroke of the new millennium, I found myself “suddenly single” and admittedly lonely after a 12-year relationship ended.

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Sex & Dating: Nothing gayer than Valentine’s Day

If there is any holiday that invokes a “love it” or “hate it” response, it’s Valentine’s Day.

For some, it’s the perfect occasion to put one’s romance skills on display. For others, it’s a bitter reminder of singlehood. And even for some of us who have an amazing person to call our Valentine, it’s still a manufactured holiday when the world goes gaga for mostly straight love.

But maybe Valentine’s Day should actually be the queerest holiday of all. Beyond campy cupids, it is the one day of the year set aside to celebrate love, which is exactly what our civil rights movement is about: fighting for the freedom to love whom we choose, how we choose.