Queer Out Here is an audio zine that explores the outdoors from queer perspectives.
My friend Jonathan and I were frustrated at not being able to find media focusing on queer people’s experiences of the outdoors. So we decided to create our own and launched a call for submissions. To our relief, we were not the only one thinking that way. People sent us their recording and we edited issue 01. It came out in February.
We loved the experience and received a lot of positive feedback about the project. So we decided to go on and launched a call for submissions for a second issue. Slowly but surely we began to receive audio pieces. Until at the end of the summer holidays, the call for submissions closed. We got editing, Skyping a lot, and listening to all the pieces endlessly until we were happy with the final result. Issue 02 came out on the 19th of October.
Come take a reflective journey into the outdoors. Bask in spaces present, remembered and imagined; travel from mountain lakes to holy wells, from canals to backyard ponds; grapple with physical and emotional hardship; take your ears adventuring! (We’ve even got a marriage proposal thrown in for good measure!) The pieces in Queer Out Here Issue 02 include audio postcards, conversations, music, musings, field recording and poetry from queer/LGBTQIA+ folks around the world.
And of course, feel free to share the issue with your friends and on social media.
Feedback is also more than welcome. You can reach us via e-mail (link on our website), Twitter, Facebook, and SoundCloud. We also have a newsletter if you want to be kept up to date with our next call for submissions and other news. Subscribe here.