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Just a Bit Radical is a magazine with a simple mission: to provide lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQQIA) youth and their allies ages 13 to 30 with a publication that discusses ideas and issues that are important to them. We look to increase positive LGBTQQIA awareness in media and in print, and portray a positive and honest view of LGBTQQIA individuals. We look to foster hope in today’s youth, to show them that they can make a difference and that things will improve. Just a Bit Radical is a place just as its name states, a little radical — forward-thinking, bold, and edgy.
I decided to start Just a Bit Radical because I was tired of seeing the suicides of LGBT youth every time I turned around. I was tired of seeing every magazine only cater to one part of the LGBT spectrum and never include youth. Most publications only focus on 18-and-over content and never think about what the younger generation has to say. I also am alarmed at the lack of transgender representation in print. Being genderqueer myself, I think that having a positive trans* voice in print and digital media is important. Over 50 percent of trans* individuals will attempt suicide before they turn 20. Having a publication to read or contribute to, where their voices are heard and respected, can make a difference. I know that even having one thing to look forward to, even if it’s just reading a magazine or writing an article, submitting a photograph, or telling your story, can make a difference in someone’s life.
I want this magazine to bring people hope, to inspire them to chase their dreams and never give up. I was always told I couldn’t do things, but I never let anyone get me down. I believed in myself and went after what I wanted. I want to inspire people to change things, to believe in themselves and the power of their own creations.
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