Oasis was born out of frustration.
I have been online for more than three years, and in that time I've constantly been asked to write for new queer youth zines. Each time, I would e-mail the person back, express my support and offer my help.
That's usually where it ended.
I'm not faulting people for trying to make a difference, but at the same time, there have been no constant areas for queer and questioning youth to read about, see and discover their greatest asset -- themselves.
The national gay magazines throw queer youth an article a year to show they care. Some older gays are so riddled with pedophobia they don't even want to interact with teens, lest they be deemed a child molester. But at the same time, many teens are growing up as confused as I was, and as confused as the generation before me. It has to stop somewhere.
I never had aspirations to run a magazine like Oasis, despite the fact that I am a full-time journalist. But it needs to be done.
My growing up confused seems less troublesome if I am now helping others onto a different path. So, by all means, read Oasis. If you like a story, write the author. If you like the magazine in general, drop me a line. If you think the design is great, write to Jase. We can't work in a vacuum, we need to know what you think to encourage us to keep doing what we're doing.
But Oasis is also interactive. You can tell everybody your coming out story in the next issue. You can write a book review to tell people about a book you liked. You can write to one of our advice columns and ask why you feel so alone, and what you can do about it.
The book you review can help a confused 12-year-old in Kentucky. The question you ask might help hundreds of other people who are still too afraid to ask. We can all use Oasis to lift our spirits, educate ourselves and make friends.
Oasis is for queer and questioning youth, but we are not restricting the magazine to writers only under a certain age. I'm 27, and like every other aspect of being in Generation X, I don't feel I fit in with the older gays or the younger queers. Hopefully, Oasis will help bridge that gap for many people.
But, Oasis' fate does not and cannot rest on my shoulders.
If people saw the movie "Jeffrey," they'll remember the speech about the balloon, and how people have a natural instinct to not let a balloon hit the ground. Just as it's about to his the ground, someone always gets there in time to tap it back into the air.
The balloon is Oasis.
I've tapped it up into the air, but I need as many people as I can get to make sure the balloon doesn't hit the ground.
|General information: Jeff Walsh|
Design and HTML: Jase Pittman-Wells
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