Queer indie magazine Hello Mr. has launched a new service, called "The Issues," to help young LGBTQ publications find their voice. For Hello Mr. founder Ryan Fitzgibbon, the initiative is a chance for his publication about “men who date men” to expand his mission statement and, most importantly, give voice to diverse perspectives within the community.
With "The Issues," Fitzgibbon has partnered with Kickstarter to launch a residency for startup magazines that begins with BRUNCHCLUB, a publication exploring the lives of queer POC across the country. Founded by 24-year-old Texas State University graduates Colby Anderson and Ernest Macias, the duo’s first issue has curated everything from poetry from the West Texan desert to a day-in-the-life account of a gender-queer person in Ohio.
Now, with the mentoring of TeenVogue’s Phillip Picardi, Instagram's Jeffrey Gerson and Graphic Designer Nijel Taylor, BRUNCHCLUB is being taken under the wing of Fitzgibbon in a poetic return to form—it was only five years ago that the first issue of Hello Mr. crowdfunded its way to production through Kickstarter.
With days left in the campaign, Fitzgibbon’s new initiative is well on its way to raising the $12k necessary to put BRUNCHCLUB into Hello Mr.’s upcoming ninth issue, but it needs your help to reach their goal. You can head over to the Kickstarter, here, to learn more, donate and support the next generation of editors, art directors and media-makers.