We’ve grown a lot since I first started publishing this magazine 3 years ago – more so than I had dared imagine back then. Where we once published only a few articles a month, we’ve now become the place to turn for the best, locally produced, queer video content. It takes a lot of work, and a little magic, to pull it off, but we’ve got an amazing group of people, some of the most notable queer entertainers in Seattle – writers, comics, musicians, and performers – who make it all look so easy. We’ve published some really great content as a result of their talented efforts, too, from nightlife, to theater, to music, and pop culture.
I’ve always meant this publication to be one thing – a platform for local queer voices. And not just the voices that you hear most often (voices like mine, in fact) but the wonderful, beautiful voices of people who don’t get the representation and the space in everyday media, even queer media, that voices like mine do. We’ve had some phenomenal people contribute their voices to this magazine, and I honestly couldn’t be prouder of all of them for it. It’s what makes our tagline authentic: real stories, real voices, real queer.
And now, we’ve decided that it’s time for our name to reflect who we really are. So we’re making a change. Starting today, we’re Queerspace Magazine. We’ll still have all of the great content you love, and some great new stuff, too, just like we always have – only now, even our name will be queer.
We know that name comes with a responsibility, and it’s not something that we take lightly. It’s easy to throw a queer label on something these days, to make it sound edgy or cool, but that doesn’t mean it really is. So we question ourselves every time we make something new. Is it equitable? Is it just? Does it celebrate the humanity and uphold the dignity of people whose voices deserve to be heard, but aren’t? Does it help to subvert a system that has for too long upheld the values of one race, one gender, and one belief system over all others?
These days, of course, even just being queer can be an act of subversion. That’s why we’re doing something we think is important.
We’ve done our best to make sure the transition will be smooth, but there will still be some broken links here and there. That can’t be helped. Just know that you can always go right to queerspacemagazine.com or @queerspacemagazine to find what you’re looking for: a Queerspace.
Thanks for sticking with us as we’ve grown into what we’ve become. Your support means the world to us, and we’re all looking forward to making some more magic with you!