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Funding push for new LGBT+ magazine

By Amanda Kennedy
Annan and Eskdale
Funding push for new LGBT+ magazine

THE Queerier, a magazine dedicated to gay life in Dumfries and Galloway, is set to hit shelves soon . . . but only if a crowdfunding campaign is successful

Journalist Lucy Woods recently moved from London to Dumfries and was shocked at the lack of a LGBT+ community in the area.

She said: “I moved to Dumfries to study, and after being active in LGBT events in London, I was surprised to find there are no gay clubs, and little queer-specific spaces.

“After meeting Lavendar Menace, and getting involved in community LGBT events in Dumfries, I was asked if I’d guest edit and launch the first issue of The Dumfries and Galloway Queerier.”

And now Lucy and the team have started a fundraising campaign to raise £500 to cover the costs of the first print edition, which they hope will be released next month.

Discussing the inspiration, Lucy said: “We are creating a queer magazine to help unite our fantastic LGBT+ community in Dumfries and Galloway.

This is one of the largest regions in Scotland and has a huge queer population, but despite this rural isolation can fragment the many queer voices throughout Dumfries and Galloway: it is one of the last regions in Scotland to have its own Pride event – which is being run by the charity ‘DG Pride’. As a result, LGBT+ community members often feel dispersed and alone.”

She added: “We aim to create a space for people across the region to express themselves, as well as to inform them of events and opportunities they can access, to ensure LGBT+ people in Dumfries and Galloway become more connected and confident and have their voices heard.

“The magazine will create a more visible queer presence in the region and encourage LGBT+ events; slowly transforming Dumfries and Galloway into a hub for queer-friendly activities in the south of Scotland.”

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