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Welcome to Archer Magazine: the FRIENDSHIP issue. BUY ARCHER MAGAZINE #15 HERE! “Friendships are beautiful, complicated, sustaining, lifelong, fleeting. They can be sexual. They can be found in unlikely places, be forged with unlikely people, flourish in unlikely circumstances. They can be entirely predictable. They can be a replacement for a partner, or a family. …

We recently hosted our very first digital event, Archer’s Issue 14 Launch and Fundraiser! Our event was held in conjunction with GiveOUT Day, a national fundraising day for LGBTQIA+ organisations. We really appreciate GiveOUT, whose work helps support LGBTIQ+ projects, groups and not-for-profit organisations. Funding for LGBT+ organisations is often lacking, so having a day …

Welcome to Archer Magazine: the GROWING UP issue. BUY ARCHER MAGAZINE #14 HERE! “Growing up isn’t just about popping pimples and trying new things. Growing up is about finding a better world, confronting the realities of life and realising the people in power are incompetent. Growing up is about disappointment, guilt, community, love, and recognising privilege and systematic …

Welcome to Archer Magazine: the FIRST NATIONS issue. Edited by Bridget Caldwell-Bright and Maddee Clark. BUY ISSUE #13 HERE  or BUY THE DIGITAL VERSION! Cover image: Laniyuk by Toz Withall Featuring words by: Andrew Farrell, Indiah Money, Kai Clancy, Laniyuk, Rose Chalks, SJ Norman, Timmah Ball, Tré Turner, William Cooper And images by: Moorina Bonini, William Cooper, Ebony Daniels, Edwina Green, Morgan Hickinbotham, Jacinta Keefe, Ricardo Martinez-Roa, Daniel McDonald, Hailey …

In the morning I study piano and in the afternoon I lift weights. The piano part is unremarkable for me. My childhood home had a piano, and I studied music through high school. Playing music isn’t just a thing I do: it’s part of how I see myself. It’s part of how I want to …

I want women to smell their underwear everyday. Why? I overcame shame and learned to love myself by getting high off my own supply. Many women recoil at the smell of their vagina, I know, I was one of them for many years. Too many “smells like fish” jokes around the lunch table from awkward pre-pubescent …

Welcome to Archer Magazine #12: the PLAY issue. Featuring work by author activist Nevo Zisin, transgender athlete Hannah Mouncey, feminist essayist Elizabeth Flux and indigenous editor Bridget Caldwell, the PLAY issue tackles topics including sex toys, swinging, Mormonism, lingerie, sex work, Aboriginal queer motherhood and being LGBTIQA+ in sport and the world of gaming. PRE-ORDER ISSUE …

For all the good that comes from communities on the margins, it’s easy to forget that these communities, too, have walls. In the West, comics – the most outsidery of outsider artforms – has not been a particularly welcoming medium for queers. It’s especially thorny because, for much of the 20th century, the mainstream positioned …

To celebrate Archer Magazine’s 11th issue (the ‘GAZE’ issue), please join us for a night of readings and discussion about sex, gender and identity writing, featuring Amy Middleton, Krissy Kneen, Sonya Krzywoszyja and Bonnie Stevens. WHEN: Wednesday 20 February, 6pm for 6:30 start. WHERE: Avid Reader Bookshop 193 Boundary St, West End QLD 4101 TICKETS: …

During the marriage postal survey, I was drowning in a sea of talk about relationship coupledom and romance. Even in my poly subcultures, I often struggle to relate to the competitive search and play for multiple catches in the little dating pool. Queerness is often imagined as existing through coupledom. When I was first trying …

Indulging in queer film, music, events and all entertainment is just part of celebrating Mardi Gras. So, when Queer Screen’s 2018 Mardi Gras Film Festival rolls around, we get pretty excited. With a long list of diverse films, it can be tricky to choose what to catch. We’ve compiled a list of our Archer Magazine …

“Nightlife operates as a zone of playful exchange. It’s a space of exposure to difference that can change your take on things, or how you feel about the world. The best nights make new things possible.” – Kane Race, Archer Magazine #8 Welcome to Archer Magazine issue #8. Come help us celebrate the SPACES issue …

In June 2015, when same sex marriage was made legal in all US states, it was a turning point in the international fight for rights and recognition of queer relationships – indeed, my fiancee and I found our fervour for such structure doubled in the hope that it was closer than ever to being possible …

I’ve known I was pansexual since I was sixteen. It was never an issue in my family. At eighteen, I got involved in the kink community and later got a job as a joiner, making hardwood windows and doors. Looking back, there was homophobia, sexism and discrimination ingrained in both tradie and kink cultures. In …

Queer, brown and mentally ill

I had my first depressive episode when I was 17. Every day, I would walk through a busy intersection frequented by cars, buses and beast-like trucks on my way to school. For three months, I could not shake the thought of walking right in front of them. As a queer person of colour, disentangling the …

This is the third instalment of a four-part series on the state of queer young adult fiction in Australia. Read part one, and part two. The We Need Diverse Books movement has done a lot to highlight the need for greater representation of marginalised people and communities in young adult (YA) books. But with the …

Every year, queers from around Australia descend on Sydney for the annual Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras parade. For gay men it is a pilgrimage, one that leaves a trail of glitter and the smell of amyl nitrate in its wake. The parade is one of the most recognisable gay pride events worldwide, dwarfing smaller …

To a group of people I’ve never met, Although we don’t know each other, sometimes I feel closer to you than I do my own family. When I’m walking hand-in-hand with a boy down the warmly-lit streets of the city, and I pause to lean in for a kiss. When I’m watching a popular, mainstream …

NOTE: During this event, we had some significant audio issues and the space wasn’t equipped for the style of event we were expecting. There was significant disappointment, and some hurt, among our attendees and our volunteers. Below is a statement released by Young Henrys following the event. We will work extra hard to ensure our next Sydney get-together provides a safe, welcoming space and we …

Heads up, Adelaide readers! We are coming to South Australia for the first time! Join Archer Magazine, the world’s most progressive publication on sexuality and gender, for an afternoon of readings, beverages and good old-fashioned print media at Format on 25 June. Celebrate the launch of Archer Magazine #6 – the SHE/HERS issue, featuring writing by …

In this photo essay, photographer Charlie Brophy captures the youthful characters and playful antics of her first forays into sharehouse living.  There was a sense of youthful innocence in most of the sharehouses I entered from the age of 18. Each housemate enthusiastically explored new possibilities and ‘first times’, and I became obsessed with that freedom …

Deciding which films to attend with the myriad on offer at this year’s Melbourne Queer Film Festival? Don’t stress – we’ve made this painstaking task easy. Here are our top picks: Chemsex London’s hedonistic gay club scene is saturated with drugs, thumping music and men who want to fuck. Documentary Chemsex examines the intersection between sexuality …

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