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|‘Stay Gay, Atlanta’: Graffiti anti-gay or queer positive?|
|by Dyana Bagby|
|May 19, 2011 12:16|
What do you think, readers? Homophobic or radical queer cool?
Caroline Smith, a photographer and personal trainer, snapped this photo on Wednesday in Atlanta at the corner of Randolph Street and Irwin Street in the Old Fourth Ward. She said the graffiti appeared Tuesday, which just happened to be the International Day Against Homophobia.
At first, Smith, who is openly gay, says she was excited to see the photo. But then the small word “fags” at the lower right of the tag made her wonder if the person who spray painted, “Stay Gay, Atlanta,” may be being a bit ironic.
“It could be a signature of sorts, proudly owning the term fags, or it could be a slur meant to negate the meaning of the larger lettering,” she says.
Smith, who trains at the Snap Fitness at Glenwood Park and Inman Park, is well known for the photo she shot of a couple canoeing in Krog Tunnel when floods struck Atlanta in September 2009.
So, what do you all think? Is this positive or not so much? Let us know what you think in the comments section on our website and also on Facebook.
Top photo: Photographer Caroline Smith snapped this photo in the Old Fourth Ward on International Day Against Homophobia (by Caroline Smith)
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