By Carolina Salinas
Over the last few years, we have noticed that some print publications, including the Queer and Alternative magazines, have moved into the digital world to stay relevant. On the contrary, some, which have decided against adapting to the digital media era, have vanished. Fortunately, there is still good off and on line Queer publications whose content is a gold mine of stories and knowledge about the LGBTQ+ Community.
1. Elska Magazine
Elska is a bi-monthly magazine dedicated to a diverse cross-section of men from LGBTQ+ community around the world. Elska catches your attention with its honest and audacious photography and personal storytelling, which makes it an even more interesting and enriching publication. The concept consists of visiting a different city every two months, in order to ask groups of local men if they would like to be photographed and feature their story for Elska.
What makes Elska different and unique is that it’s open to any participant, instead of looking for celebrities or recruit models. That is why you will notice a wide variety of not only ages, races or bodies in its photos, but also in its voices and content compared to other gay media that follows certain LGBTQ+ trends.
Gayletter is a bi-annual magazine that tackles the best of Queer culture, without any prejudices or labels. It contains photos, interviews, articles, and much more. Their origins began as a weekly email newsletter in 2008, with the purpose to orient people with something to do in their free time. However, in 2014 it was launched as a printed magazine, whose content embraced the Queer environment, and has since then been available for purchase online.
Pansy is a digital and print Magazine dedicated to redefining the modern man/menswear and breaking the rigid stereotypes of masculine and feminine, in order to create a space for creativity via clothing expressions.
This offline and online publication offers its audience powerful content full of pink pictures focusing on men´s fashion and beauty, but at the same time with some mainstream masculinity and quirky topics as well.
4. Original Plumbing
Original Plumbing (OP) is the first print magazine in America dedicated to trans male culture, created by Amos Mac and Rocco Kayiatos. This publication saw the light of world for the first time in San Francisco in 2009, and has expanded to sell apparel and events for the trans masculine community and beyond. OP offers informational and humorous articles of trans male reality with cheeky documentation of this community.
OP also has a book titled Original Plumbing: The Best of Ten Years of Trans Male Culture, a collection that compiles the best of its twenty-issue run, which was just recently published in May of 2019 by the Feminist Press.
If you are interested in ordering either the magazine or the book, OP ships internationally. For more information check out their website or follow them on Twitter.
All four print and digital versions of these magazine are just a few examples of LGBTQ+ publications, whose content is exclusively dedicated to the concerns, interests and singularities of this community. Nonetheless, its content is not against those whom are curious and want to get to know more about this community as well.