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: Left out, kept out

It didn’t register much earlier this year because of the chaotic presidency that has scrambling journalists fixated on what “this is not normal” aspect of the Trump presidency to focus on (spoiler: racism, prej...
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, 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: 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 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...