Rachel’s Team Pick:
Literary magazines aren’t always the most accessible forms of artistic expression — they can be associated with fancy universities, or edited by old straight white men who like boring work, or really confusing and elitist. But they can also be really beautiful and awesome, and so when someone sets out to make something that’s accessible to groups who are often left out of The Establishment, that’s something that seems worth applauding. The good people of T(OUR) Magazine are creating a new project that combines “true experience” and “OUR stories” to be meaningful and important to the queer community. And if you have something to say about this — and if you’re reading this, I bet you do! — then maybe you’d like to submit (to TourMagazineEditor@gmail.com) ! Submissions are open until August 1, and this is your time to shine. Make us all proud.
T(OUR) Magazine is a collaboration of queer experiences, but is not exclusive to queer artists. Each issue features a collection of essays, poems, short stories, and artwork about life in and about the LGBTQ community.
As a contributor, we want you to describe your experiences as a trans person, as the sister of a lesbian, as the son of a bisexual parent, or simply as a citizen in a space where something queer is happening (or not happening). Maybe you witnessed homophobic bashing, took part in a pride rally, or just went to a really awesome big gay dance party this one time.
T(OUR) Magazine offers the truth about LGBTQ life from every point of view. The magazine provides an environment for queer dialogue and a safe space for personal perspectives. In a society where sexual minorities are often singled out, T(OUR) is a place where stories are shared, where experiences meet one another. An interpersonal LGBTQ artistic community.