New in the digital archive as of last week is The V Files #20. The V Files was the magazine put out by the amazing folks who used to run Club V in London in the mid to late 90s. The zine itself is focused mostly on music of the indy/alternative/"brit pop"/thank-god-not-fag-disco variety as was the club nights at the time. So strap in and strap on for loads of interviews, name drops, playlists before mp3s and a ton more.
We were going to hold off for another week or so before showcasing this zine, but it sounds like Toronto Pride is once again policing it's own community and forgetting it's roots, so we pushed it up a bit. The Compton Cafeteria and Stonewall were fuckin' riots, Y'all. Never forget that every gain the queer community has made over the past fifty years is because we took to the streets, we fought cops and capitalism, bigotry and greed with bricks and fire and our blood and our lives. When we loose sight of that every 'gain' that we achieve begins to be eroded. As such, it's important to call Shame On Pride to all the corporate Pride™®© events that prioritize money and sponsorship over peoples lives. Shame on you, Toronto Pride. Shame on you, San Francisco Pride, Shame on you, PrideFest, Inc. in Milwaukee.
Speaking of pride (with a little 'P',) QZAP has always been proud of our roots in Queeruption, Gay Shame, Lah-di-dah, and the other anti-assimilationist and queerpunk events and communities. This weekend we're going to have a small presence at Filth Fest in Milwaukee, WI. It's the third year for this queer punk fest, and they're raising money for Project Q, the local LGBTQ+ youth org. Our pals Pansy and Lauryl Sulfate and Her Ladies of Leisure are playing, so it should be pretty cool.
Part of what made/makes ACT UP so effective was that it was a coalition (the "C" in the name) of diverse groups that were all focused on pieces of the AIDS crisis. One of those groups was YELL, the Youth Education Life Line. YELL was comprised of young folks from middle-school to university age who were concerned with a myriad of issues that affected them. One of their outreach stratagies was making and distributing the YELL zine which had info about safer sex and harm reduction practices, news about zaps and actions that folks did in their schools, and how to be involved in activisim around HIV/AIDS.
June 1 is kinda sorta the official start of Summer in the Northern Hemisphere. With the advent of summer comes all the fun things like days at the beach, drinking orange soda, cruisin' hotties, reading trashy novels and celeb zines, and all the summer jamz. To kick off summer QZAP style, we'd like you to check out Psycho #1 Fan by Seth Bogart. Yeah, that Seth... from Gravy Train!!!!! and Hunx and his Punx. He's so dreamy!