HUMANEYES is a multimedia project focused on the importance of LGBTQ+ representation in discovering and embracing queer identities. Poetry, paintings, and other works contributed by queer artists from Long Beach (and around the country!) interpret what representation means to them in discovering who they are and how they navigate the world.
HUMANEYES started off as a short film project about queer representation, and the importance of seeing visible queer people in helping understand one's identity. I wanted to take it a step further and expand the idea to other, more accessible formats, and I thought making my very first zine was the perfect way to do that! Besides being fun to flip through, zines have the power to reach a lot of people, and in my mind, the more queer content there is in the world, the better.
Zines have historically promoted counter-culture ideals and enabling freethinking through inexpensive means. Although times have changed and everybody can post whatever through the Internet, I think physical zines are special because they emote a personality, permanence, and do-it-yourself craftsmanship that digital distribution can't emulate. The culture behind making and sharing zines is so special and really makes you feel like you're a part of something unique.
Just go for it!!!! I've never spearheaded a whole zine on my own before, and it was so much fun crafting it together while learning about other artists in the process. You don't need to be an expert at publishing or bookmaking; all you need is the courage to put a little piece of your heart into something you can share with the world.