Thank you so much for publishing my survey in 'Oasis', I have gotten a lot of very thoughtful responses and I am getting more research material every day.
I thought you might be encouraged to know that, except for two men, every one of the respondents came out to a supportive family and friends. Only one had experienced physical violence because of his being gay and none had experienced overt discrimination.
Of course, there were also some very touching stories of hardships faced by friends or acquaintences; one young man brought me near to tears with the story of his boyfriend who had been disowned by his family after coming out.
But, each and every respondent said that he was at peace and happy with himself. I would like to personally thank your readers for taking the time to answer my questions; they have helped immensely.
Hi! I love the idea for your webzine, but find the contents too boysey. Where's the grrl content???
On one side, it can be argued that you as the editor can only include what you can get, and if its mostly only young male queers that follow/submit to your zine, then them's the breaks; but on the other hand, content begets submissions.
You have to proactively create a space in your zine for the female voice. Put out special requests! Look at where on the web you are advertising. Ask young dykes/grrl queers that you/your readers meet on the web to become involved.
Thank you. Good luck.
Ed: Oasis has tried to increase the girl content on many occassions, and each attempt brings letters of interest, but none that follow through. We're trying.
I just wanted to let you know I think your article is great. I am in London working and felt a little down today -- I am a student from Colorado -- and your article made me laugh and feel better. Thanks.
I had seen links to Oasis before, but I never really went to the site until today. It's pretty cool.. I am impressed. But there is on thing that bothers me. It seems like only teens in large cities like San Francisco and New York get to participate in things like Gay Proms. I'm 16, and gay. I went to a youth group that was about 40 miles away from my house, but that is just too far to drive.
I really have a problem because I am not out. There are maybe 2 or 3 kids at my high school who are out. That's out of 1800, and I think 2 of them are girls... (darn) ;)
So, apparently my school is homophobic, or at least 99% of the student population is straight. :(
Because I'm closeted, it would be very difficult for me to be active for gay-rights. I really don't want to come out. Only about 5 of my closest friends know I'm gay.
Anyway.. I WANT TO HELP!! :) So.. if there is anything you can suggest, or anything I can do for Oasis/OutProud, please tell me!
This is my first time visiting Oasis, after I heard about it from Paradox. I was quite impressed. I think you (and others) have done a wonderful job.
It's a hard world out there, and it is nice to KNOW that someone else is going through EXACTLY what you are... I am not out, and I don't know of anyone who is out, so I feel alone.
The internet has really helped me with my feelings.
Keep up the good work!