Posts Tagged ‘issue 1’

$499 handbags and laser hair removal

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006
Howdy, Qr Party People!

Cheesy? Ironic? How about…

Dear Interested Reader/Subscriber/Fanboy:

Nah. I just wanna say,

Hey!

I’m Eric, one of the founding daddies* of Qr Magazine. How’s it going?

I just wanted to publicly say thank you to the thousands (!!!) of people who have taken a peek at our sample issue. The feedback, frankly, has been overwhelming. And passionate. Passionately positive, mostly, but also passionately negative, which is even more delicious.

You see, we started Qr after being frustrated by “the norm”. How the media represents us. How, culturally, we (meaning you, meaning me) are not really connected to any one group. We’re not generation X, or generation Y, or generation I. We’re grateful to the gays that came before us, who fought for the rights we take for granted today. We’re constantly aware of the invisible generation that we lost to the AIDS epidemic. We grimace at showtunes and Liza, at circuit parties and gay cruises, at $499 handbags and laser hair removal.

That ain’t us.

We’re gay, but that’s not what defines us. We’re not old, but not fresh off the boat. We’re far from innocent, but not too guilty. We’re individuals, living a crazy-sane pseudo-adult horny-romantic, friendly-international confident-fragile wellpaid-broke existence. Somewhere between adolesence and adultery adult life.

We’re outsiders.

And Qr is a reflection on each of us. We’re not telling you who to be, or what to buy, or how to think. The other magazines will do that. What we at Qr are doing is celebrating with you and all our friends, sharing experiences and wisdom with one another, telling stories over a beer or five, flirting in a friendly way.

To be young and gay in 2006, there is no “norm”. Some of us love being gay. Some of us never think about it.

All of us, however, are Qr.

—Eric


* hey, i’m only 29!

We’d love to hear from you. Send us your love letters, your hate mail, your photos of your boyfriend, your story about stalking a celebrity, an interview with yourself… we love it all.

Qr Survey

Wednesday, August 16th, 2006

If you haven’t taken the survey then please do so shortly. I’ve been reading the comments and there are some great constructive messages:

I personally would like to have more articles about what is happening with the Federal Marriage Admendment and other Federal and State legislator. Also, I know from experience the artistic ability of many young GLBT people and would like to see something to do with artistic talent, maybe do a spread on an unknown painter or writer.

The FMA and Political articles are on their way of course, it goes part and parcel with everything we stand for, I just hope you’re all ready for some heavy opinions being flung your way.

Under suggestions:

Topics that the closeted gay highschool student in middle america can relate, or find as inspiration, to: GLBT clubs in highschool, or support groups… or is this magazine just tongue in cheek and full of eye candy?

We’re certainly NOT JUST tongue in cheek, though admittedly, yes, we are full of eye candy. Qr certainly cares for the the closeted gay high schooler, and we’ll be on the lookout for inspiring stories from America’s gay youth as well as stories from guys in relationships who are in their 20’s.

I think the magazine is hot and one that I would truly buy, but you dont have any black or hispanic guys in the magazine..We read too.

Excuse me! I am a black or hispanic guy! Did you not see me standing next to Condoleeza?! I believe Eric has the Jungle Fever so we’ll be consulting him to scout out some boys who aren’t of the sickly pale variety.

The responses are pretty enthusiastic, although we did receive one message from an outraged man:

When I first stumbled upon the website avertising Qr mag, I thought it sounded great. The claim was that it would be a gay mag aimed toward teenagers. That it wouldn’t be like XY. Well, if that was the goal, you have failed. This magazine, like any other gay magazine (including, sometimes, The Advocate), focuses on beautiful men, and sex, more than it does the issues that the queer american youth needs to be updating themselves on. There is a war out there being fought against us, we need to realize that and do something about it. Not sit in our rooms jacking off to boys kissing photospreads.

Well, in response to that, I have to mention quite honestly that I’d rather be jacking off in my room than fighting this insane war, but that’s really only a taste of my own personal opinions.

We certainly consider everyone’s opinions, you vocal homos you, and all I have to say is keep them coming!

Kevin J.

rogue elephant

Thursday, August 3rd, 2006
rogue elephant

our first issue is titled “outsider”… which can be defined as:

Definition: person who avoids others

Synonyms: hermit, independent, individualist, lone hand, loner, nonconformist, odd man out, outsider, pariah, rogue elephant, separatist, solitary

Source: Roget’s New Millenniumâ„¢ Thesaurus, First Edition (v 1.2.1)