About Polari Magazine

The influential queer online publication Polari Magazine ran from 3 December, 2008 to 3 December, 2014. This site is the archive of material published in that time. The content is informed & insightful, and features a diverse range of writers from every section of the community.

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

Polari Magazine was always designed to nurture the idea of community, whether you’re gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, or queer. It was never simply yet another gay online magazine.

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