In June 1969, trans women, drag queens, Latino lesbians, gay men and every corner of the LGBTQ+ community put their foot down and rioted against police brutality and the treatment of LGBTQ+ people in America in the Stonewall Riots. Heroes such as Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera and Miss major emerged from the evening triumphant, birthing decades of queer heroes.
In honour of our heroes of yesteryear, this issue celebrates those within the LGBTQ+ community carrying the banner for the next generation of queer people. These queer advocates breathe love, resistance, and change in every aspect of their lives. To us, these people are heroes.
In 2015, we set out to start a new conversation. In a world of white noise, we wanted to engage in authentic, honest and meaningful discussion with our readers and create something brand new for the LGBTQ+ community.
In 2017, we launched into print, distributing far and wide as we spread LGBTQ+ content and themes via mainstream channels, whilst challenging stereotypes and stigmas with content created by the community, for the community. 12 months on, it’s a pleasure to introduce you to our final issue of the year.
As a grassroots project, we would like to thank the brands who have supported us throughout the year with a special thanks to Absolut, Amazon Music, Sonos, W Hotels, Virgin Trains, Ted Baker’s Grooming Rooms. These brands have shown their commitment to diversity have actively invested into the LGBTQ+ creative scene and allowed us to fulfill our mission.
This year also saw us experience the tragic loss of our co-founder, Dean Eastmond. London’s LGBTQ+ community wrapped its arm around us to stand united in their support for Dean and HISKIND’s mission. Dean has left a hole that is difficult to replace, but we begin 2018 with a new development as we announce that we will be recruiting 100 new community editors who will help HISKIND become a true voice of the LGBTQ+ community and allies that we set out to be.
This issue pays homage to the Heroes of 2017. The activists, journalists and pioneers who are working tirelessly to pave a brighter path for LGBTQ+ people in years to come. We also welcome our new columnists Riyadh Khalaf and Travis Alabanza, discover Munroe Bergdorf’s last word and explore the parallels between being queer and Muslim with Amrou Al-khadhi.
This Thursday (16/11/17), we’ll be located at various London tube stations ready to hand out copies. Catch us at Tottenham Court Road, Leicester Square and Liverpool Street tube stations to grab your free copy. As per, HISKIND can be found at the gates and lounges of numerous airport lounges, in every bedroom of W or Aloft Hotels around the UK and Ireland and via our premium subscription service and on Virgin’s BEAM service.
If you manage to grab a copy, let us know over our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. We’d love to hear what you love and what you’d want to see in issue three! Like we’ve said time and time again, HISKIND is created for the community, by the community. We have only survived through the love and belief our readers have given us.
As we continue to grow, we welcome your feedback, comments, and contributions. If you want to work, write, advertise or partner with us, or find out more about our community editor roles, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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