Going Homo

{queerzine n. a sexy, subversive and explicit publication devoted to enlarging and examining our culture assumptions}

There's something about zines from the 1990s... they've often got common elements that make them instantly recognizeable as being from their time.  It's an aesthetic, and a way of writing.  There's a call to arms, a calling out of cops and governments and the military and anti-gay bigots.  There's a calling in of other queers and zinesters. a "hey, find me, I'm stuck in this shite town and need to connect" vibe... (though this is not at all limited to time - it's kind of part of zinester DNA.)  There are zine reviews, and lists without being listicles, bands listened to, and shows attended.  Pop culture drips from the pages, fuelled by cut-and-paste in a pre-WWW, pre-Photoshop world. 
Lately we've been scanning a bunch of zines from the Emma Center collection which have this vibe.  They're very much of their time, and also rediculously fun and important.  Going Homo #2 is a fine example.  It's got all of the above and more.

Anarchy in the UK

Recently we added four issues of the Lesbian and Gay Freedom Movement newsletter to the archive.  These issues span from 1991-1995 (#5, #6, #8, and #10) and cover a bunch of topics ranging from anarchy to pornography to BDSM and political prisoners.  With the AIDS crisis in full swing, and the closing of the baths and policing of sex happening in lots of places both from outside and from within queer communities, it's very interesting to read about a push for sexual liberation in it's various forms.

Everybody is a bit Bowie-sexual.

We woke to the news that David Bowie died yesterday.  He has been a favorite at QZAP for seemingly forever.  We honor him for his gender bending, his bisexuality, and his creativity over the years.  He has inspired us in so many ways, and we're not the only ones.  We knew that on this sad day we just had to share Bowierama and reiterate the obvious:  Everybody is a bit Bowie-sexual.

The Government Has Blood On It's Hands

Another year, another World AIDS Day.  How many deaths and how many people fighting for health care because of racism, homophobia and GREED?  The collection of documents from ACT UP isn't a large one, but it's one that's very special to us at QZAP.  It's our queer roots, and we're very proud of that.