Gay Magazines

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    Oct 02, 2007 2:37 AM GMT
    Anyone subscribed to any of them?

    Instinct fan here.
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    Oct 02, 2007 7:35 AM GMT
    Nope, firstly I don't want to be caught with them, I'm still in the closet. Secondly, some of the magazines look really feminine...
  • zakariahzol

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    Oct 02, 2007 8:00 AM GMT
    With so much better and cheaper information in the internet, why bother with magazine. But your post reminded me of good old days of buying gay magazine live the Advocate and Village Voice. I also buy (and desperately try to hide it from my roomate,) gay porno magazine like Honcho, BlueBoy Magazine, and a few other I dont remember. Now I can actually see the movie clip in Internet at cheaper cost. Why waste money? Why pay more?
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    Oct 02, 2007 11:23 AM GMT
    Details and GQ are the only ones I have paid subscriptions to. I love fashion, even though I'm not very fashionable icon_lol.gif

    I somehow have unpaid subs. to OUT and Instinct (maybe another one too) - I'm guessing I neglected on opt-out of receiving them when I signed up for something online. They seem to be geared towards gay men who want to live their life perpetuating the gay stereotype...that's not me, so I just toss them out.
  • jc_online

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    Oct 02, 2007 12:05 PM GMT
    The Advocate. LGBT news magazine. It's been around since before Stonewall. They also have a newsworthy website, www.advocate.com

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    Oct 02, 2007 12:11 PM GMT
    Somehow I have aquired subscriptions to 'Out' and 'The Advocate' and probably a half dozen others, though those are the only two I even glance at.

    Somehow I end up getting complimentary copies of these damn things, and my secretary renews the subscriptions. icon_lol.gif I think that she thinks I need to be better informed about whats going on in the 'gay world'. Apparently I am not 'gay enough'.
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    Oct 02, 2007 12:45 PM GMT
    Haha, IT Jock! That's about the only reason I get them! Being out here in the "boonies" of Connecticut, it's almost my only "physical" connection to anything gay these days.
  • BlackJock79

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    Oct 02, 2007 2:46 PM GMT
    I don't subscribe to any of them. I'm still in the closet too and even when I do have a chance to look at them in bookstores I find myself only looking at the pictures of the hot guys. icon_redface.gif
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    Oct 02, 2007 2:48 PM GMT
    Instinct cause it's funny as hell... though when the issue comes out with Chris Crocker on the cover i will be irritated.

    I have subscriptions to dance magazines as well that always have several articles a year about being gay, coming out, etc etc.
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    Oct 02, 2007 2:53 PM GMT
    I just signed up for the Republican National Committee's monthly newsletter. They don't get any gayer than that these days.
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    Oct 02, 2007 3:07 PM GMT
    Yes McGay, and please share the article about how not to get caught picking up men in public restrooms.
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    Oct 02, 2007 3:10 PM GMT
    I used to stand at Barnes & Noble in high school after track practice and pretend like I was looking at some sports magazine when I really wanted to grab Advocate or Out. God forbid anyone I knew saw me!
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    Oct 02, 2007 3:20 PM GMT
    I threw a couple of xerox paper boxes of old mags several years ago.

    They say whacking off helps prevent prostate cancer... Nay Nay
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    Oct 02, 2007 3:51 PM GMT
    I've had subscriptions to a few of them that came as "bonuses" with "memberships" on pay-sites. Never felt the desire to renew any of them. They seem pretty much uniformly vacuous. Oh, except the Advocate which is angry and vacuous.

    About ten years ago, I had a subscription to a beefcake mag for a year. Sometimes I see pics of those guys in the profiles here, and I wonder if any of them could be authentic.

    In any case, the internet has pretty much replaced periodical magazines. You can find just the content you want, and there's nothing to throw away when you're done with it.
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    Oct 02, 2007 4:29 PM GMT
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  • Laurence

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    Oct 02, 2007 4:38 PM GMT
    Not sure I agree with a lot of the posters here as I think that there's nothing like reading a good magazine article.

    The internet is fab for accessing sound-bites of info, but useless for lengthy stuff. It is however great for porn if that's your thing.

    The problem with most Gay mags these days is that they pander to the lifestyle thing and not enough of them are political. It's very boring and not constructive for our community to have to see those male models roled out as the perfect way to be, when most of us aren't perfect and walking on a beach with our partner and our cute dog.

    Unfortunately most magazine subscriptions are expensive and most magazines not worth reading on a regular basis, so really not worth subscribing to.

    I prefer to pick an occasional issue up rather than read a particualy mag all the time.

    Lozx
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    Oct 02, 2007 4:48 PM GMT
    Nickster -

    icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif yeah, I really like Andy Towle's blog, almost always worth the time.
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    Oct 02, 2007 5:46 PM GMT
    What Laurence said -- and the Euro magazines have more substance than the American ones.

    The only one that makes any effort to actually cover news in any depth is the Advocate, but most of its writing is horrible. And of course it's been criticized for years for being too HRC-like in its coverage of gay-friendly straight celebrities.

    I've had many friends work for the Advocate and the more recent crop of glossies and they've all been miserable unless they were simply freelancing. I was offered the editor's job of one of them over 10 years ago and detested the publisher within five minutes of meeting him. He knew zero about journalism and was only interested in creating something that appealed to white urban gay men. (A friend ended up with the job and did not last long.)

    Another friend was editor of Interview, Warhol's magazine, which I'm sure most people here (if any) don't remember. He was miserable too. Warhol was the pettiest man alive at the time.

    The problem is that the gay press pays next to nothing and, for the most part, everything has to be sunny and happy and "lifestyle-oriented." I remember one large weekly magazine invited me to write a weekly column a few years back. The publisher told me: "We only have one rule." What's that? "Everything you write," he said, "has to reflect positively on gay life." Obviously the guy had never bothered to read anything I'd written. But his attitude was pretty usual.



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    Oct 02, 2007 10:12 PM GMT
    A friend of mine, who used to work on OUT magazine back in the mid/late 90s just started a new magazine in Madison that focuses on the diversity and positive/ diverse parts of gay culture even in the face of adversity. It's a decent magazine and on the next issue, I wrote the coming out piece icon_smile.gif

    Good articles even if you're not from Madison or Wisconsin.

    Anyhow, a magazine you may want to check out that has a pretty fresh approach to gay issues that isn't swathed in sex (not that any of you want a sexy magazine haha)

    http://www.ourlivesmadison.com/
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    Oct 02, 2007 10:27 PM GMT
    Have been getting the Advocate since it was in tabloid newspaper format (or is that a false memory?) It was a lot more trashy and fun then. It is too proper and goody-goody now.

    Instinct comes unsubsribed and I like it. I buy Genre a lot and like it. Some of the travel mags are interesting.

    Disagree with those who say Net has replaced mags, or newspapers for tha matter. The latter will give you news or features you might find worthwhile even though you never searched for it. Friend who boasts of getting all his news from the Net never seems to know much about anything!

  • Squarejaw

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    Oct 02, 2007 10:37 PM GMT
    I've gotten Instinct and Genre freebie subscriptions. They're fun when you're cranky and want to blow off steam being outraged at horrible they are.
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    Oct 02, 2007 10:39 PM GMT
    Aww, antelope, you beat me to that point. Some say why bother with print journalism when you can click on exactly what you want online. But I still think there's nothing like flipping through every page, where you can get exposed to every article and every ad, and choose to ignore them or not. But you never know when something will catch your eye that you didn't expect to see.
    The same thing goes for the newspaper--I think I am learning something new even if I just skim the headlines that I might not see if I targeted one issue online. PLUS I'm a closeted coupon whore (no, I'm not cheap) and the Sunday edition pays for everything and then some. I saved $27 yesterday at Kroger icon_exclaim.gif
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    Oct 02, 2007 11:58 PM GMT
    I get The Advocate. I use to get "Men" back when it was called "Advocate Men". Now it's just The Advocate. I signed up for the magazine under a slightly altered version of my name just to see how many pieces of junk mail I get from them selling my address. Let's just say it is staggering how many pieces of junk mail I get with that name on it not to mention how fast it took to spread my name around. icon_eek.gif
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    Oct 03, 2007 12:12 AM GMT
    Maybe a bit off-topic, but to respond to the print vs. web debate:

    It sounds to me like you print-advocates are really advocating editorial packaging. The medium in which it's packaged is irrelevant, except that on-line versions offer much greater capacity and flexibility.
    Every morning, I skim through the NYT online, Yahoo News, BBC online, The Oregonian online, and the two nearest small-town paper's web pages. I scan far more headlines and synposes than I could ever do with print. And there isn't a bundle of trash left over when I'm done.

    Even when reading a print periodical, I have to have the computer at hand to look up cross-references. In fact, many technical periodicals have become mostly summaries of the content. Due to publishing constraints, the majority of the data is often only found in the on-line version.

    Oh, and I also keep getting spam from some outfit that's offering electronic-only subscription to lots of those gay and "adult" magazines.
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    Oct 03, 2007 3:25 AM GMT
    I'll admit to liking Instinct for superficial reasons (the fashion, the hygiene advice, the male models, etc.) but they have published some worthy articles in the past. (A great one about gay marriage comes to mind.) No, the articles aren't exactly Pulitzer material, but I take more enjoyment from Instinct than a magazine like The Advocate.

    I'll also say it's my medium of choice to keep me in touch with the gay world (albeit a limited one). Not much gayness in northern Indiana.