Western Australia’s LGBTIQ+ publication OUTinPerth has started a crowdfunding campaign to raise the money it needs to relaunch.
After fourteen years of bringing news and culture to Western Australia’s LGBTIQ+ community, OUTinPerth was forced to stop the presses late last month when the company that owned the magazine was shut down.
Leigh Hill and Graeme Watson (pictured), the publication’s editorial team, have since obtained the rights to the publication and they’re eager to return to being an independent, Perth-based LGBTIQ+ voice in the Australian media.
To enable OUTinPerth to relaunch they’ve begun a crowdfunding campaign on website GoFundMe.
Graeme said that in the month before the stoppage in late April, OUTinPerth’s website had one of its biggest audiences in its history.
“It’s an incredibly important time to have LGBTIQ+ operated media as public debate over the marriage plebiscite, Safe Schools Coalition, federal election, PrEP treatment, sexual health and trans and non-binary visibility feature daily across the news cycle,” Graeme said.
“We need your help to get back to work and continue to serve the local community. Our vision for OUTinPerth’s relaunch is a greater dedication to local stories, culture and community groups,” Leigh said.
“We want to collaborate with local writers, photographers, artists and advocates to share unique local LGBTIQ+ experiences and knowledge.”
Graeme and Leigh said they’re ready to put out the next edition but need the equipment to do it. The fundraising campaign will go towards buying computers, cameras, software and web services that will allow the team to generate the publication for years to come.