New Venture: Creating a online LGBT magazine

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    Feb 04, 2014 10:19 AM GMT
    Hey guys.

    As you know, I'm a budding journalism student. At the moment its a little difficult for me to find work, even looking for Summer internships is pretty difficult for me at this point in time.

    So thanks when I started thinking, what if I created my own magazine about anything I wanted. Plus what I'm most passionate about is helping out the LGBT community and of course pop culture.

    However I wanted to do a different spin of the whole "gay male thing." I want to create a magazine that targets the gay minority, African-American, Asian, and Hispanic/Latino youth. Is this a good target niche or not?

    Please I need some feedback from the RJ community.
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    Feb 04, 2014 10:50 AM GMT
    I think it's a great idea. With your target niche you'd have a lot of potential topics, both positive and negative. You may have mixed feedback on having a target niche in the first place, though. Some might feel that you are reinforcing barriers between different subpopulations within the LGBTQ community by targeting only some of the community, while others will quite openly welcome a magazine that isn't pandering to GWMs for once.

    Good luck!
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    Feb 04, 2014 12:52 PM GMT
    The gay online magazine would be a great and rewarding idea but why target minorities? Do you think that would increase or decrease your market?
    Do as you wish but I'm only looking for your success.
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    Feb 04, 2014 1:37 PM GMT
    Considering what a tiny percentage of the population we are to begin with, you're aiming at a very very small demographic by limiting it to gays of color.
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    Feb 04, 2014 5:29 PM GMT
    Aristoshark saidConsidering what a tiny percentage of the population we are to begin with, you're aiming at a very very small demographic by limiting it to gays of color.


    I understand this in general its a very very very small percentage, but I just wanted to get their perspective on what its like to be a minority, in a minority.
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    Feb 04, 2014 9:18 PM GMT
    I think it's a great idea. As JohnSpotter implied it might not be lucrative, but that might only be initially. Doing something that you love doing can be worthwhile. And it can be a good experience and something you'll learn from. And it can help your resume. So don't just look at the financial rewards.

    In the software industry there's something similar called open source software. People want to make a better mousetrap so they design some software for free simply because they enjoy writing software.
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    Feb 04, 2014 10:13 PM GMT
    This sort of reminds me of the three series of emails that I receive every year, asking me to subscribe to "Out" and "The Advocate." First they offer them to me for $20. Then a month later, they offer the extraordinarily discounted price of $5. Then a month later, they beg me to sign up for free. But they stop there.

    If they'd keep going, and offer to pay me, I might glance at a couple of issues.
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    Feb 04, 2014 11:00 PM GMT
    A gay niche publication? Reminds me of this:

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    Feb 04, 2014 11:04 PM GMT
    The fact that there's been little, if any, ethnic diversity in the response to your thread so far, could be taken as a sign of something. icon_neutral.gif
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    Feb 04, 2014 11:16 PM GMT
    MikeW saidThe fact that there's been little, if any, ethnic diversity in the response to your thread so far, could be taken as a sign of something. icon_neutral.gif

    An important observation.
    It reminds me of the "minority appreciation" thread I once started that generated little interest.
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    Feb 05, 2014 12:42 AM GMT
    Probably because "minority appreciation" by an old white guy is simply way too typical.
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    Feb 05, 2014 12:59 AM GMT
    hentailover saidProbably because "minority appreciation" by an old white guy is simply way too typical.

    I don't think so.
    I think it's more along the lines of what I often read - that minorities say they're slighted but don't partipate when the opportunity is given to them.
    This is evidenced by none of the minorities here showing interest in Clay's great idea.
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    Feb 05, 2014 2:21 AM GMT
    The "opportunity" to be even more segregated? It's like those Asian-fetish club nights in Toronto that is started by an older white dude. If I were a minority the last thing I'd want is a pity thread, let alone one started by an old guy (no offense lol)
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    Feb 05, 2014 2:35 AM GMT
    highforthis saidThe "opportunity" to be even more segregated? It's like those Asian-fetish club nights in Toronto that is started by an older white dude. If I were a minority the last thing I'd want is a pity thread, let alone one started by an old guy (no offense lol)

    Did you see the thread and what I said the point of it was at the time or are you just talking out of your ass?
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    Feb 05, 2014 3:06 AM GMT
    Of course I didn't see it... but now I did, and it's worse than I expected.

    Instead of yet another condescending picture thread of hot minorities, you dedicated proud-thug-themed poems to make them more of a caricature. Who cares what you claim your intentions are, people lie about that all the time.
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    Feb 05, 2014 3:12 AM GMT
    highforthis saidOf course I didn't see it... but now I did, and it's worse than I expected.
    Instead of yet another condescending picture thread of hot minorities, you dedicated proud-thug-themed poems to make them more of a caricature. Who cares what you claim your intentions are, people lie about that all the time.

    Oh pa-lease. Get off your soapbox, child.
    As I stated, it was just for fun.
    The only liar here is you.
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    Feb 05, 2014 3:45 AM GMT
    JohnSpotter said
    highforthis saidOf course I didn't see it... but now I did, and it's worse than I expected.
    Instead of yet another condescending picture thread of hot minorities, you dedicated proud-thug-themed poems to make them more of a caricature. Who cares what you claim your intentions are, people lie about that all the time.

    Oh pa-lease. Get off your soapbox, child.
    As I stated, it was just for fun.
    The only liar here is you.


    What? That makes no sense at all.

    "just for fun" is like the most over-used phrase by bullies old enough to not want people to know they're bullies.
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    Feb 05, 2014 3:51 AM GMT
    How can complimenting my personal friends for fun be construed as bullying?
    You act like you're SO concerned about minorities but you really just like to mouth off. It's past your bedtime.
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    Feb 05, 2014 5:37 AM GMT
    Meh.. I don't think we need another gay magazine.. which is online so essentially a blog...

    I don't know who would pay money for something so basic
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    Feb 05, 2014 6:04 AM GMT
    How would an online magazine make money to support itself?
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    Feb 05, 2014 6:23 AM GMT
    As our now rarely-appearing brother "Obscene Wish" pointed out long ago, the purpose of magazines is to sell crap to a target audience. Since actual content that people would pay for is out of the question, the only way to make money is through advertising. The only thing left for writers is to devise advertisements that are entertaining enough to draw in rubes.

    Frank prostitution is more honest and probably more fun.

    The other alternative is to set up a "community" that provides both the content and the market. My favorite example of this is "Bodybuilding.com" I truly admire their marketing scheme. They have the users and the advertisers provide all the content, and they sit back and (with a bit of retail finesse) rake in the profits. Specialized hobby magazines/websites do sort of the same thing. As does this site, in a small way. But this seems like more of a wheeler-dealer sort of business than journalism.

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    Feb 05, 2014 9:58 PM GMT
    ReeBad19 saidMeh.. I don't think we need another gay magazine.. which is online so essentially a blog...

    I don't know who would pay money for something so basic


    Another "gay magazine" such. How many are out there that actually cater to our needs? That actually talk about what it means to be a African-American/ Latin American/Asian-American in relation to the Gay community?

    For instance, RJ is known for countless amounts of why aren't white people attracted to me thread? For instance why doesn't anyone bring up the question Why do we need their affirmation to be considered attractive.

    Why are we as minorities eroticized for our skin color, our bodies or only sexually attractive for what we might have underneath or jeans?

    I just want to make something specific for the LGBTQ community that doesn't get any visible representation. And it wasn't my plan to make anyone pay for it.

    So blog or not I wanna do something.
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    Feb 05, 2014 10:07 PM GMT
    Clay, you don't need anyone's permission to do this and, going by my own artistic endeavors, you rarely get anyone's support. You usually get people telling you why you shouldn't do it.
    Go ahead and do it and I'll help you if I can. I did an online magazine once and it was fun. Controlling the staff wasn't.
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    Feb 05, 2014 11:48 PM GMT
    LGBT already feel alienated and excluded. I think you shouldn't be adding to that.
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    Feb 06, 2014 12:09 AM GMT
    hellass saidLGBT already feel alienated and excluded. I think you shouldn't be adding to that.

    Unless we're alienating them because they're older. That's the gay way.