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Our weekly newsletter skips divisive algorithms that divide the queer community, disrupt the media landscape and filter out our lives.
It also commissions emerging LGBTQIA+ creatives to explain, analyse and inspire you to understand more about the queer stories of the week.
Something your organisation's membership makes possible. Thank you!
Whether you're here to set up an organisation for the first time or add more staff to your version of the newsletter - let's get started:
Get to know us
What do organisations and individual members fund?
Together QueerAF members are changing the media by funding queer media careers.
They fund schemes like ‘The Queer Gaze’, a space in our newsletter to commission emerging and underrepresented queer creatives. It gives our readers eye-opening insight into the experiences and viewpoints in our community they may not have encountered before.
The format was developed and designed by our first commissioned emerging queer creative since we launched as a CIC, Matilda Davies.
What do we do?
Our mission is to support, mentor, and build the resilience of queer creatives to get their first commissions and kickstart their media career.
Ultimately, QueerAF is a place for underrepresented creatives to get published, receive mentorship and be part of a movement led by queer creatives.
We've set up as a community interest company (CIC) and locked its assets into helping the LGBTQIA+ community and underrepresented creatives, so our work will always be tied to our founding mission.
I started QueerAF as a response to an editor who told me to stop pitching 'gay stories' because there was no 'money' or 'audience' for them.
So far with QueerAF, we've built an award-winning podcast with an international audience – that even Fox News has talked about. We've also picked up some sponsorship along the way...
No one should be told their lives aren't worth telling a story about. One reason newsrooms create awful experiences like I faced, is because they are locked into a system. One that rewards stories, who feed hungry divisive algorithms. All to serve enough ads, to simply repeat the cycle over again.
That's why we're building a platform funded by people, not adverts. So we can tell stories because they matter to the community, not for clicks. Content for the LGBTQIA+ world, not advertisers.
There are some great queer media organisations out there in the UK already, with a rich history. From Gay Times to Attitude, PinkNews to Diva, Gray Jones Media to GSN.
We're excited to bring a new force to the way queer content is made, and develop a new generation of resilient underrepresented creatives. Queer media professionals, who can go on to change the way stories about our lives are told.
But, we are just starting this audacious project, and it's a massive undertaking.
The good news? You are already helping QueerAF expand our capacity to launch the careers of brand new queer voices by joining our growing base of members.
Can you help us even more? Please invite your friends, colleagues and chosen family to join us, and help us find our next member: