Happy Birthday, Oasis...

jeff's picture

Oasis launched on December 1, 1995, so today is its 14th birthday...

Happy birthday, Oasis!

the ghost's picture

Happy birthday Oasis. Thanks

Happy birthday Oasis. Thanks for the site Jeff =]

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent-Eleanor Roosevelt

Tophat's picture

Happy birthday, Oasis.

May you live for many more years and bring hope to many more LGBT teens.

Thanks Jeff. Though I have my disagreements with you, you're actually right in your own overly sarcastic and pragmatic way. But I appreciate your work here and thank you profusely.

It is true that liberty is precious; so precious that it must be carefully rationed.
-Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

Tophat's picture

P. S.

Lovin' the video.

It is true that liberty is precious; so precious that it must be carefully rationed.
-Vladimir Ilyich Lenin

carmen143's picture

Yay Oasis!!

I'm glad this site was started. :)

A big thank you to Jeff for making this happen. XD

<3 FLAME ON! <3

TotalGeek42's picture

Happy birthday oasis!

Happy birthday oasis! :D

"Assets, assets..."

"Well I've got a banana, and in a pinch you could put up some shelves..."

"Dreaming that someone unknown has died means that either you've been watching too much CSI..." - 5thstory

fox333's picture

Yay Oasis! I am so clever

Yay Oasis!

I am so clever that sometimes I don't understand a single word of what I am saying.
Oscar Wilde

Uncertain's picture

many happy returns !

many happy returns !

perple's picture

Happy Birthday Oasis!

Happy Birthday Oasis!

hellonwheels's picture

happy bday???

dang, 14 years? shit, thats a long time.

Mental wounds not healing, driving me insane, i'm goin' off the rails on a crazy train- the ozzman

PremiumBlendBen's picture

I would love to see

the old issues reposted somehow, back when Oasis was a monthly and a bit stricter in what was written.

Happy Birthday Oasis!!!! You ARE my Oasis!

Ben

Coming out of the closet is like stepping into another closet, except that you don't realize it!

jeff's picture

Well...

All the old celebrity interviews and such are imported back to 1995, but not the rest of the content. It's on my hard drive, though, so we'll get to it at some point.

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"People who are happy are slugs... They do not move the human race forward."
-- Camille Paglia, on Oasis

in rainbows's picture

happy birfday oasis

happy birfday oasis :DDDD

"why, does she have a penis?" -Datarock
(cause im geeky like that XD)

swimmerguy's picture

Is there a reason?

Is there a reason that it was on the first day of December, or is that arbitrary?

If you're going through hell, keep going. ~Winston Churchill

jeff's picture

Depends...

It's a bit of both.

I started writing articles/interviews that appeared on the front page of a website I was involved with that was going to be this huge gay youth site. Some of the initial interviews (Wilson Cruz, Prayers for Bobby, etc.) were actually initially written for this other site, but then people started asking if they could write stuff, too.

So, a few months out (September/October), I started putting it together, and decided December 1 was enough time to pull it off, including getting submissions from a bunch of teens, a P-Flag mom, etc. This was pre-digital camera, so the fact that we had a lot of pics of gay teens, who were also telling their story, was kinda rare. (A lot of the pics some of the gay teens only had at that time were sort of inappropriate for what we were trying to do with Oasis, so many of their T-shirt collars were added by us, heh).

Ironically, a week or two before launch, I was getting the idea that I didn't want to be connected with that larger site, and decided to spin the magazine off on its own, and decided on Oasis as a name. And a few days before launch, World AIDS Day made a big online push, and all gay sites were going dark on December 1. So, not surprisingly, since I'd already decided I was launching that day... we not only didn't go dark, we launched, heh.

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"People who are happy are slugs... They do not move the human race forward."
-- Camille Paglia, on Oasis

swimmerguy's picture

Nice!

Happy birthday Oasis!

If you're going through hell, keep going. ~Winston Churchill

PremiumBlendBen's picture

I never knew

the full story behind the formation of Oasis, I only discovered it when I was chatting with former writer Ty, who gave me a link to his debut entry (column) when I asked him about being gay. I was just amazed at the diversity of the different writers, and especially the fact that many of them were my age!!! Starting out on World AIDS Day really set things off in the right direction :)

I still would love to see the original content before Oasis went "live", and while some of it may seem dated today, those columns had such a profound impact on me that I cherish them as much as my yearbooks from school.

Coming out of the closet is like stepping into another closet, except that you don't realize it!

jeff's picture

The stuff I wrote...

before December is already here. Just click Magazine at the top and then click Last at the bottom of the page. None of the stuff other people wrote is online again yet, though.

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"People who are happy are slugs... They do not move the human race forward."
-- Camille Paglia, on Oasis

perple's picture

Oasis kicks ass.

Oasis kicks ass.