About Polari Magazine

Polari Magazine is an influential queer online magazine. Its content is informed & insightful, and features a diverse range of writers from every section of the community.

Polari Magazine was launched on December 3, 2008. It is an LGBT arts and culture magazine that explores the subculture by looking at what is important to the people who are in it. It’s about the lives we lead, not the lifestyles we’re supposed to lead. Its intent is to help LGBT readers learn about their own heritage and to sustain a link between the present and the past.

Polari provides a platform for new writers and contributors so that its readers can also have an active role in how that heritage is understood and conserved. From the writing of articles to the recording of oral histories, it aims to encourage and to train writers. The objective is to produce professional and accessible material while at the same time not restraining a writer’s excitement or engagement with the subject.

Polari has interviewed writers such as Gore Vidal, Clayton Littlewood and Jonathan Kemp, and musicians such as Tori Amos, Darren Hayes and Patrick Wolf. It has featured outstanding activists such as David Watters and Peter Tatchell, and the pioneering organisations The Trevor Project and The Equal Love Campaign. Its focus is on LGBT arts, culture and community, whether that is social and political or artistic and creative. Its content is written to a high standard, and it does not talk down to its readers.

Polari Magazine is designed to nurture the idea of community, whether you’re gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, or queer. It’s not simply yet another gay online magazine. It’s your magazine, whether you want to read it, or whether you want to get involved in writing it.

Polari is setting itself up as a repository of writing and culture of the people who will become part of the canon of gay history (rather than simply being an ‘alternative gay magazine’).”

– Paul Baker, Author and Professor of English Language, University of Lancaster

What a delightful, chic and thoroughly intelligent magazine. And I don’t even have to persuade the village postmistress to stock you!”

– Patrick Gale, Author