The Editor looks back at the year 2012 in Polari Magazine and how it has explored the LGBT subculture. Part 4 looks at real people – the lives and not the lifestyles.
Part 4: Real People
The magazine media machine has a tendency to package LGBT identity. The result is more often than not neither personal or political but commercial. It seems as if the objective is to forge a readership not of people but consumers – of labelled underwear, porn, teen-pop sensations and a stream of low budget gay-themed straight-to-disc films.
This Retrospective piece looks at real people and real experiences.
LGBT History Month
To celebrate LGBT History Month 2012, Polari featured an LGBT hero for each day of the month. The idea was to look at people who have made life better for others by example.
The month started with the trans couple Sam and Evan, and ended with Alan Turing. There were even some surprise guests, such as J.K. Rowling’s Albus Dumbledore.
For the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, May 17 (officially IDAHO, unofficially IDAHOT), Polari featured 11 regular and special guest writers telling a tale of homophobia, biphobia or transphobia, and how they dealt with it. It made for a incredible and fascinating day.
World Pride in London nearly fell apart following the absolute failure of the Pride Committee to do what they were appointed to do. And in the face of this an incredible crowd turned out for an incredible march. The Polari 2012 Pride Gallery celebrates the diversity and fortitude of those who came out to march.
Coming out is an experience that all LGBT people share. The Coming Out stories section is a place for people to tell their stories, and to look at the ties that bind us.
Bryon Fear writes about a homophobic confrontation, and how angry he was with himself when he turned away from it.
Boys and Girls
In his weekly column, Scott writes about his experiences of dating. And Stephen Charlick provides commentary with his illustrations.
The Personal is Political
YouTube opened the door for real people to bring subversive drag to global audiences. And to think that Foucault dismissed drag as an outmoded resistance to earlier sexual regimes. That’s something else he was totally off the mark about.