Renewing an 18-year-old magazine is no easy feat
Launched by a collective in November 1994 under the title of Swerve, Winnipeg’s first LGBT magazine looked quite a bit different than the glossy publication you are reviewing right now. It was a black-and-white affair with a folding layout that unabashedly discussed sexuality, identity and politics from queer perspective. The images were bold, the words cutting, and the nowoutdated design proclaimed: “we’re here and we’re queer!”
This is my last issue as editor of OutWords. As I start to write this I’m not really sure where it will go. For one thing, I’m not accustomed to writing about myself. Yet, it seems appropriate to let readers know there will be changes at the magazine. It’s only natural that a new editor will have fresh ideas that will be reflected in the content and look of the magazine.