After six long years, the queer magazine Hello Mr. has come to an end. Ryan Fitzgibbon, the magazine’s founder and creative director, announced that the 10th issue of Hello Mr. will be its last.
The publication focused on the interests, struggles, and journeys of men who date and love other men. Stories ranged from Jacob Tobia telling their experiences of navigating the gay world as a genderqueer person, Jim Parsons’ honoring the AIDS epidemic, and numerous interviews with queer celebrities including RuPaul's Drag Race alumnus Milk, Olly Alexander, and Fischerspooner.
As written on their website, “Since launching in April 2013, Hello Mr. has gathered the interest of misters all around the world who seek out authenticity and meaningful experiences. Each issue reflects the everyday experiences of our misters and their companions, in a neatly-curated museum carefully built to exhibit a universal story of gay men today.”
In its six years, Hello Mr. has shipped 65,000 magazines worldwide and over 500 artists, writers, and photographers have contributed to the mag.
On announcing the magazine’s final issue, Fitzgibbon’s writes, “When I came out a decade ago, for instance, I could have never imagined that my visibility, the thing I feared most, would become such a powerful form of activism.”
He now hopes that we will continue being visible, rethinking how we define activism.
“Looking back helps move us forward. Decades of various kinds of activism paved a way for me to make the most of the chance I was given,” the founder writes. “Now, it’s up to you to continue defining the future you want to live in. You already know what’s possible, so trust yourself and manifest that shit already! I’ll be seeing you.”