Hi! I just recently found you and noticed your deadline for this past zine was two days ago. I was wondering, are you planning on anymore zines/could I write a submission for the next issue? Thanks!
I will definitely be putting out the next issue, but it is taking longer than I had hoped due to my summer classes and other obligations. But please feel free to submit! I look forward to seeing what you have! =)
The presentation of the zine to my class seemed to go really well. I won’t get my grade back until Tuesday, but I feel confident that I did a good job. Not only this, but two girls in my class offered to help collaborate on future issues! They are both art majors, so the next issues should be really fantastic! After I finally get the money to print more copies (all the money I had went into printing copies for my class), I will send the copies out to submitters and take orders.
Josh Hutcherson of The Hunger Games will soon be presented with GLAAD’s Vanguard Award, an honor for media professionals who increase understanding and visibility of the LGBT community through their work. At age 19, he’ll be the youngest person ever to get the award.
Hutcherson played the son of two lesbian moms in the film The Kids Are All Right and he co-founded the Straight But Not Narrow (SNBB) campaign, appearing in one of the first PSAs for the group.
“We just launched [SBNN], and it’s a very exciting time for us and it hits close to home for me,” Hutcherson said in an earlier interview with SamaritanMag.com. “I have a lot of gay friends in Los Angeles. My roommate’s gay and I lost two uncles when I was young to AIDS, so it’s an important cause in my family.”
The ceremony for the GLAAD Media Awards is taking place this Saturday. Way to go, Josh! Hopefully more young advocates will follow in his footsteps.
Wow, this is terrific! My respect for him has greatly deepened!
Alphabet Soup Zine is still taking submissions! I’ve decided to extend the deadline until Friday to give everyone a little extra time to submit since I know people have busy lives like I do.
And please feel free to submit anything (poetry, fiction, mini-play or screenplay, artwork, book or movie reviews, essays, recipes, an explanation on why you like a certain lgbtq character, who inspires you) as long as it relates to either lgbtq people or life in some way!
New York’s long-running LGBT film festival, NewFest, is merging with Outfest, organizers announced today.
This year’s NewFest, held July 27 through July 30, will be programmed by Outfest as a first step toward becoming one national arts organization.
“Outfest brings a wealth of knowledge and wide-ranging capabilities to NewFest,” said the event’s co-president of the board, Steve Mendelsohn. He said the new arrangement with Outfest, which is based in Los Angeles, will make for a better festival in New York and expand programming year round.
NewFest is more than 20 years old, and Outfest is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year.
You can submit anything you like whether it be fiction, poetry, art work, rants, movie/book reviews, coming out stories, etc as long as it pertains to LGBTQ people in some way. It can be a one paragraph blurb about why a certain LGBTQ character is inspirational to you, something that gave you hope, anything really. Also, I can keep it completely anonymous if you want!
The adviser of a high school yearbook in Colorado forced the staff to remove a picture of a lesbian couple from the book’s pages, much to everyone’s shock and dismay.
On a page dedicated to relationships, two girls were pictured holding hands. The adviser told student staff members to “cut the gay couple or [she’d] cut the page.” The two students in question were kicked off the staff shortly after, and other students quit in protest.
An official said the photo was asked to be removed because it violated the school’s policy on PDA, regardless of the sexual orientations of the people pictured. Instead, the book will now include a “diversity page” to celebrate people of different backgrounds.
Pro: high school students who are open enough to include LGBT people alongside straight people like this (it doesn’t sound like much, but it wouldn’t have happened ten years ago). Con: idiot advisers who can’t open their minds. This is ridiculous.
I got my project proposal for Histories of Queer Activism approved this morning. Here’s where the awesome of people of Tumblr come in:
For my project, I am going to research the history zines as a form of activism, particularly as it relates to lgbt/queer activism. I plan on putting a few of my own essays and such in the zine, but I think what would really make it great is if I had contributors. Now contributions/submissions can really take many forms. Some ideas I had for the zine include:
personal stories of how people are active in the lgbt community
coming out stories
literature: poetry, short fiction, comic strips, a short play or screenplay
essays relating lgbt life, difficulties lgbt people face, etc.
reviews of lgbt books or movies, or by lgbt authors
famous lgbt activists and what they mean to you
what lgbt tv/movie/book characters mean to you
anything else you can think of as long as it relates to lgbt/queer life and activism
You do not need to consider yourself a queer or a member of the lgbt community to contribute. You can write an essay about why you’re an ally, the difficulties you’ve seen an lgbt friend/family member go through, what issues are important to you, etc. The more contributors, the better
Also, to protect people who are not necessarily out or comfortable with contributing under their own name, I am taking contributions that are either anonymous or under pen names. If you submit, please don’t submit anonymously so I can contact you if I have any questions or concerns. I will, however, be sure to not include your name if you don’t want to.
If you do include your name, though, you can use the zine as a publishing credit, which is pretty damned awesome! Also, everyone that contributes will receive a free copy of the zine from me, free of charge.
Because I’m on a relatively tight schedule for the project and will need time to put the zine together and print it before it is due, I’m only going to have submissions open for so long. Submissions will be due to me no later than Monday, April 2 at 11:59 unless you arrange it with me beforehand to turn something in a little bit late.
Please drop me a message if you think you want to submit or have anymore questions. I look forward to seeing what everyone comes up with. Also, if you could reblog this and get my project out there, I would really appreciate it!
You can either submit here or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org