Quite a lot of queer zines from my personal collection are on loan this month for various workshops and displays, but I raided my remaining zine collection to pull out some of my favourite queer zines through the years.
|Some of my queer zines|
I've been doing some zine talks and workshops recently with UAL and in each of those talks I've discussed why I started making zines.
I started reading and making zines 19 years ago when I was a lonely queer and didn't have any friends and didn't yet have the internet. I read zines to find my people and I made zines to build communities. I'm not being dramatic when I say zines saved me. I was so desperate to find examples of queerness and zines were a physical dispatch from outside of my small town letting me know about queer writers, artists, punx, and activists.
And even now 19 years later I'm still making zines for the same reason. I'm still always looking for my people, still looking to learn about new voices, still hoping to educate and challenge myself, still wanting to make connections.
I wrote about queer lonliness in my most recent zine Queers on the Edge of Town
Queer zines forever!
|Queer Zines by Rachael House|
(I love this so much!)