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Kootenay Pride Society Launches LGBTQIA+ Publication in Time for Pride

The Kootenay Pride society is calling for submissions for Out of the Closet And Into the Koots, a Queer “zine” (a self-published magazine) launch for September’s Pride weekend.

Organized by volunteer Gabor Lovas, the project will publish submissions for local Kootenay LGBTQIA+ residents. “It is vital to build and preserve our local queer experiences as historically our stories and achievements are erased.”

The zine aims to build an archive of Queer experience in the region, and to tackle the isolation some in the community experience by helping orient them to local resources.

The zine is accepting submissions from the public that address the following central topics:

  • How to find and build qmunity in the Kootenays;
  • What I wish I had known about being ‘out’ in this region;
  • What I wish the community at large knew about being queer in the Kootenays; and
  • Testimonials about helpful local resources.

These topics are preferred, but all submissions will be considered.

“It is vital to preserve and build our local’s queer experiences in this region as historically our stories and achievements are otherwise forgotten.”, says Lovas. The project was inspired by Lovas’ own experience of moving to Nelson three years ago. “Every single Queer person I have spoken to in this area has shared how hard it is to find and meet up with other LGTBQIA+ people. That has been my experience as well. I am making the zine as way to counter that by bringing our stories and knowledge together.”

All content submitted will be considered regardless of topic. Submissions should be 150 words maximum and emailed to somethingofthatkind@gmail.com before August 13th.

The Kootenay Pride Society is a non-profit volunteer run organization founded in 1995 and centered in Nelson, BC.