Off Track presents Queer Out Here

Special edition of Queer Out Here

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Off Track presents a special edition of Queer Out Here, featuring a selection of pieces from Issue 01. Off Track, with Ann Jones, is an Australian radio show from ABC’s Radio National. Every week, Off Track explores an aspect of the natural world - anywhere from deep in the ocean to high in the mountains, from the outback to suburban back yards. We love this programme, and we are delighted to be featured in their series of “some of the best of international nature broadcasting and audio”. You can also find this special issue on the Off Track website.

If you enjoy this edition, please share it with your best people - and let us know! You can find us on Twitter and Facebook, check out the Off Track website and find Ann Jones on Twitter.

Information about Off Track presents Queer Out Here

Length: 32:47

Transcript: Google Docs / PDF

File size: 31.5MB

High quality audio: Google Drive (360MB, .wav)

Cover art: Elements from both Off Track’s header image and our Issue 01 cover by Emma Charleston.

Content notes: Pieces in Queer Out Here talk about many things related to being queer and the outdoors. This special issue contains: a piece with a rhythmic, meditative, potentially hypnotic cadence; mentions of mild physical injuries and blood; poems about family estrangement; discussion of concerns relating to transition processes and exercise as a weight loss strategy. Please see content notes from Issue 01 for more information.

Show notes: This special issue is an edited version of Queer Out Here Issue 01, featuring pieces chosen by the Off Track team. Details about each of the featured pieces (and the creators, of course!) can be found in the show notes for Issue 01 and on the Off Track website. The running order for Off Track presents Queer Out Here is as follows.

  1. Off Track introduction - Ann Jones

  2. Queer Out Here introduction - Jonathan and Allysse

  3. Sweeper - Gary

  4. An Aborted Swim (Ladies' Pond) - Jo Impey

  5. As I am Walking (I am Becoming) - Jonathan

  6. Sweeper - Ruth

  7. Excerpt from Floodlight Viscera #12 - Erin Kyan

  8. Off Track insert - Ann Jones

  9. Highway, Shepparton and Rooms - Belinda Rule

  10. Sweeper - Emma

  11. New Year's Day Thoughts - Jenny List

  12. Off Track outro - Ann Jones

Issue 02

Queer Out Here Issue 02

Queer Out Here Issue 02 cover by Eris Barnes

Join us on a reflective journey into the outdoors. Bask in spaces present, remembered and imagined; travel from mountain lakes to holy wells, from canals to backyard ponds; grapple with physical and emotional hardship; take your ears adventuring. (We’ve even got a marriage proposal thrown in for good measure!) The pieces in Queer Out Here Issue 02 include audio postcards, conversations, music, musings, field recording and poetry from queer/LGBTQIA+ folks around the world.

If you enjoy this audio zine, please share it with your friends - and let us know via Twitter, Facebook or email.

Information about Issue 02

Length: 1:09:28

Transcript: Google Docs / PDF

File size: 133.4MB

High quality audio version: Google Drive (1GB, .wav)

Cover art: Eris Barnes (Tumblr/Twitter). Eris writes, “My inspiration for the cover was pretty solely based on a tree I remember in my primary school when I was maybe 5 or 6 years old. It was the hip, happening place for making fake food out of mud and rocks, and daring your friends to eat the little purple flowers. Unfortunately, the tree was torn down during the school's renovations on the play equipment and football field, but that only motivated me more to draw my memories of it.”

Show notes: See below

Content notes: The pieces in Queer Out Here talk about many things related to being queer and the outdoors. This issue contains some swearing, mentions of physical and emotional distress, difficult family relationships and social situations, experiences of physical injury and hardship, danger from the elements and being misgendered. If you have specific anxieties or triggers, you could check the transcript for particular words or ask a trusted friend to listen and give you feedback. If we've missed something obvious, please send us an email so we can add it. Some people might wish to take note of the following:

  1. Lady’s Well, Holystone - starts at 3:22 - wind distortion in audio

  2. Failure - starts at 21:51 - emotional distress, mentions difficult family relationships

  3. Nonbinary Nomads - starts at 47:01 - mentions minor physical injuries and physical danger from the elements, hunger and thirst, uses the word “crazy”, discusses being misgendered

  4. On the Cuckoo Trail - starts at 59:16 - at one point a fly buzzes close in the right channel

Show notes for Issue 02

Introduction - Jonathan and Allysse

  • 0:00:00

  • Transcript

  • Short description: Opener (45 seconds), welcome, thank yous and housekeeping.

Sweeper - Rainbow Ramblers

Lady’s Well, Holystone - Mags

  • 0:03:22

  • Transcript

  • Short description: Field recording/monologue. A walk around Lady’s Well in Holystone, Northumberland National Park.

  • Creator bio: Mags is 50 years old and has lived in the South East of England for the last 20 years. She was born in Newcastle Upon Tyne and returns to the area several times a year. Mags enjoys travel and photography.

  • Creator link: Twitter

  • Creator statement: “This recording was made in May 2018 during a visit to Northumberland National Park. Lady's Well, which is in the care of the National Trust, lies on the edge of the village of Holystone. The pool is surrounded by a grove of trees and it is rumoured that it was used to baptise early Christians. The village is supplied with its water from the spring that also feeds the pool. A stone cross was added to the pool in the Victorian era. A 15th century statue of St Paulinus lies at the east end of the pool. What were the origins of the well? Were they pagan, Roman or perhaps celtic? One can only speculate.”

Ripples in a Pond at Night - Mary Ann Thomas

  • 0:08:06

  • Transcript

  • Short description: Monologue. I watched sunset from the backyard of the house I lived in while in rural upstate NY. Mohawk land.

  • Creator bio: Mary Ann Thomas is the brown queer daughter of Indian immigrant parents, a travel nurse, bike tourist, and writer. She has bicycled over 10,000 miles in the last five years: in 2014, she bicycled solo from San Diego to Montreal; in 2017, she biked across India from the Himalayas to Kerala, the state at the tip of the subcontinent where her family is from. As a writer, she has attended the VONA Travel Writing Workshop in 2015 and 2017. Since 2015, her work has been published in numerous literary journals and travel platforms, which include Autostraddle, She Explores, Panorama: The Journal of Intelligent Travel, The Rumpus, and On She Goes. She has been featured on several podcasts, including The Dirtbag Diaries, Musafir Stories, and The Ethical Traveler. She is a presenter at the WTF Bikexplorers Summit.

  • Creator links: Instagram / Website

  • Creator statement: “Living in a rural area increased my capacity to take on responsibilities and clear my mind. This happened through the time I spent outside, watching ripples on the water, feeling the sun on my skin, and letting stress dissolve from my body. In this piece, I sit out by the pond and talk about writing, being outside, and pleasure.”

Beloved (Emily in Love and Ortanique) - Stone Strike’s Lost Weekend Remix

  • 0:17:30

  • Transcript

  • Short description: Ambient music. A remix I made of an original tune by Emily In Love & Ortanique. (Used with permission.)

  • Creator bio: Stone Strike grew up in the foothills of the Misty Mountains in North Wales before packing my spotted hanky on a stick, eventually washing up on the unforgiving concrete shores of London.

  • Creator links: Stone Strike has chosen to highlight the work of Emily in Love and Ortanique

  • Creator statement: “Getting older and being less able to "get out and about", I've turned increasingly to music for its ability to invoke a sense of time and space. The concept of hauntology has brought its own resonance - the music of Burial being a prime example. When Emily sent me her new tune, I was struck by that same sense of time and space and inspired to remix it in a way which reflected that. I took a small sample from the tune, applied some granular synthesis and a minimal amount of post-production. The result is, I hope, true to the original while highlighting that sense of urban hiraeth that I felt on first listen.”

Sweeper - Jessica

Failure - Julia Freeman

  • 0:21:51

  • Transcript

  • Short description: Monologue. Thinking about failing.

  • Creator bio: Julia is a geek, currently residing in Amsterdam, she built herself a bike, and has since been riding far and wide, training for ultra endurance bike racing.

  • Creator link: Twitter

  • Creator statement: “Monologue discussing thoughts on failure, both in an outdoors context and for LGBTQ persons.”

Snow, Tyres, Breath, Song - Nikki

  • 0:34:10

  • Transcript

  • Short description: Field recording. A field recording of movement and stillness in the snow.

  • Creator bio: Nikki is newly mobile by foot and by bike and enjoying exploring new territories close to home and further afield.

  • Creator statement: “The margins of a park in a large city. It has a reputation as a popular place for cruising and, as a woman who wanders around on her own a lot, I've been explicitly and implicitly warned to stay away from here. In the early hours of the morning, however, I have the woods to myself, free from stigma or fearmongering, and my tyres are the first marks in the freshly fallen snow. Intense concentration on the subtleties of speed, traction, balance and momentum dissolves as I come to a stop: my awareness first shifting to my laboured breathing and then outwards to the songs of the birds that are around and above me. Introspection returns as I later contemplate my evolving relationship to this location, my identity and the assumptions made by myself and others. For a while there though, all that had dropped away and it was just me, my bike, the snow and the birds.”

No Gender - Lise

  • 0:37:37

  • Transcript

  • Short description: Monologue with field recordings. Living with no gender and how the nature helps.

  • Creator bio: Lise is a graphic designer who lives in France. Since they were young, they were looking for their gender but were never happy with the boy or the girl look. After time, they find the answer: they are no gender, that's all. Just a human on Earth.

  • Creator link: Online portfolio

  • Creator statement: “In conversation about being no gender and how I live it. How the nature helps.”

Solo Camping at Murray Lake - Fenrir Cerebellion

  • 0:42:20

  • Transcript

  • Short description: Field recording/monologue. A brief description of my time at the north end of Murray lake while boiling water for tea. Nlaka'pamux territory.

  • Creator bio: Fenrir is a white, ace-aro, gendervoid, mentally ill settler living on Unceded Coast Salish Territory, in the city of Vancouver. They come from and are eager to return to the Okanagan, Nlaka’pamux Territory, in the semi-arid climate of the Rocky Mountains. They moved to the city for medical resources in their transition and forgot to leave when they finished, until their friends and community started to leave the city one by one for the mountains, the islands, or across the continent. As a writer, musician, and avid knitter, they look forward to finding some remote place to live with their dog Sisko, where their primary concern is collecting enough firewood for winter.

  • Creator links: Twitter / Website

  • Creator statement: “After accidentally climbing a mountain at a smaller campsite the previous day, my dog and I moved to a quieter campground up the Coquihalla. It was my first time solo camping since my summer bike tour two years ago. After this recording, my cassette stove had just enough gas left for a morning cup of tea the next day, just before leaving.”

Sweeper - Emily

Nonbinary Nomads - Max and Jaye

  • 0:47:01

  • Transcript

  • Short description: Conversation. Audio recording about us and our adventures.

  • Creator bio: Max and Jaye are a nonbinary couple living in Monterey, CA. They do one backpacking trip every month and have explored tons of the USA including Zion, Yosemite, Bryce Canyon (to name a few)! Their future plans include hiking the John Muir Trail (summer of 2019) and getting married (summer of 2020). For their honeymoon, they plan on hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. Their other interests include roller derby, Olympic lifting, crossfit, reading, gardening and dogs!

  • Creator links: YouTube / Instagram / Facebook

  • Creator statement: “Max and Jaye are being interviewed in a car next to Lake Mary in Mammoth Lakes, CA during their hiking trip in the Sierras.”

Widewater - Dru Marland

  • 0:56:35

  • Transcript

  • Short description: Poetry. A bit of a state-of-the-nation poem, written in the aftermath of the Brexit referendum.

  • Creator bio: Dru is a poet, illustrator and mechanic who lives and works on a canal boat in the West of England.

  • Creator link: Blog

  • Creator statement: “The canal is a long, thin village, with a very diverse community living and moving on it, threading through the heart of Deep England.”

On the Cuckoo Trail - Chrissy, June and Jonathan

  • 0:59:16

  • Transcript

  • Short description: Interview/sound art. Three people having a chat during a summer walk along the Cuckoo Trail in East Sussex.

  • Creator/participant bios: Chrissy is a journalist, specialising in radio and audio. She is also a political campaigner. June is a keen hillwalker and chorister who loves all that Hastings has to offer. Jonathan is a walker and a stickybeak. He is one of the editors of Queer Out Here. All three are members of the Hastings and Rother Rainbow Alliance.

  • Creator/participant links: Jonathan: Blog / Twitter Chrissy: Instagram / Twitter

  • Creator statement: Jonathan: “A hot summer day, a busy East Sussex rail trail, a long group walk with HRRA’s Rainbow Ramblers. I recorded a meandering conversation with Chrissy and June as we walked and talked our way through a variety of subjects including political activism, living by the sea, local community networks and how we got into walking. With the more experimental edit, I have tried to emphasise the rhythm of walking and the momentum of our footsteps. I had to cut more than half of the original conversation, and I ended up rearranging narratives, weaving them together and drawing echoes of different stories through the piece. I hope that this also gives a sense of the fragmentary nature of conversations on long group walks - how people move around and how snippets of conversation can blend together into a new kind of whole.”

Conclusion - Allysse and Jonathan

  • 1:08:05

  • Transcript

  • Short description: Concluding remarks from the editors.

Issue 02 Preview

A taster of what’s to come in Queer Out Here Issue 02. Enjoy!

Hold onto your hats! Issue 02 will be breezing into your feeds and apps in the not-too-distant future. In the meantime, this preview should blow away a few cobwebs.

Information about Issue 02 Preview

Length: 1:35

File size: 3MB (.mp3)

Transcript: Google Docs / PDF

Content notes: We don't think there's anything to flag up in this preview, but please check the transcript if you're concerned. If you notice anything we've missed, send us an email so we can add a note here.

You can also find this preview on Vimeo (below), SoundCloud and YouTube (Including a sneak peek at Eris Barnes’ cover art for Issue 02) - share away!

Issue 01

Queer Out Here Issue 01

Issue 01 Cover by Emma Charleston

From the sea to the mountains, from cities to fields, along footpaths and highways and beaches, let us take your ears adventuring! The fifteen pieces in Queer Out Here Issue 01 include poetry, conversations, sound art, stories, interviews and field recordings from queer/LGBTQIA+ folks around the world. Full transcript and show notes available below.

If you enjoy this audio zine, please share it with your friends and let us know via Twitter, Facebook or email. You can subscribe to the zine on iTunes and on some other podcast apps.

Information about Issue 01

Length: 1:40:05

Transcript: Google Docs / PDF

File size: 137MB (.mp3)

High quality audio version: Google Drive (1GB, .aif)

Show notes: See below

Cover art: Emma Charleston. Emma writes, "I recently moved to the country and have been struggling with living in the countryside a bit - my heart will always lie in the city. One of the only ways in which I've succeeded in positively engaging with being outdoors 2 or 3 hours a day (while walking our dog) has been engaging with biology on a close up level, as the seasons change. So that was my inspiration. This is my first ever drawing using a tablet, too, so it's a bit experimental!"

Content notes: The pieces in Queer Out Here talk about many things related to being queer and the outdoors. This issue contains some swearing, descriptions of kissing/sex, mentions of exercise as a weight loss strategy, internalised homophobia, being in physical danger from cold and wildlife and transition-related concerns. If you have specific anxieties or triggers, you could check the transcript for particular words or ask a trusted friend to listen and give you feedback. If we've missed something obvious, please send us an email so we can add it. Some people might wish to take note of the following:

  1. As I am Walking (I am Becoming) - starts at 0:13:52 - rhythmic, meditative, potentially hypnotic cadence

  2. Story from the Appalachian Trail - starts at 0:17:18 - describes physical danger from cold and wildlife

  3. An Aborted Swim (Ladies’ Pond) - starts at 0:54:25 - mention of mild physical injuries and blood

  4. New Year’s Day Thoughts - starts at 0:59:22 - concerns relating to transition processes, exercise as a weight loss strategy

  5. Highway, Shepparton and Rooms - starts at 1:19:03 - family estrangement

  6. We’ve Won the Winter - starts at 1:14:51 - descriptions of sexual/sensual activities

  7. Beach Meditation at Bexhill - starts at 1:26:41 - significant wind distortion in audio

  8. Wendy at Camber Sands - starts at 1:28:11 - internalised homophobia

Show notes for Issue 01

Introduction - Jonathan and Allysse

Sweeper - Gary

A Walk Down My Path - Adele

  • 0:04:06

  • Transcript

  • Short description: Field recording/monologue. A walk along a path beside a rec ground in Brighton & Hove, trying to connect to nature in the city.

  • Creator bio: Adele has lived in Brighton for 9 years. She lives in a one and half bed flat in a block where most of the neighbours don’t know her name. She lives with her Bulgarian partner Elitsa. Now in their late 20s, early 30s they are feeling too old for the city and are working out how they might be able to get out . . . any people with a beautiful house in the country they want to rent out to reliable tenants - please get in touch!

  • Creator links: Twitter: @AdeleJBates

  • Creator statement: "A walk down a concrete path. My closest bit of nature."

As I am Walking (I am Becoming) - Jonathan

  • 0:13:52

  • Transcript

  • Short description: Poetry/sound art. A meditation while walking, about how our identity is related to our environment.

  • Creator bio: Jonathan is a walker and a stickybeak. He is one of the editors of Queer Out Here. Jonathan has a few places he considers home: the bush beside the Snowy River on GunaiKurnai country where he grew up; Melbourne, where he went to uni; and East Sussex in the UK, where he’s lived for the last six years.

  • Creator links: Blog: In Which I / Twitter: @jonathanworking / Twitter: @inwhichi

  • Creator statement: "A meditation while walking. I was thinking about how we bring ourselves into being, how bodies carry traces of the environments in which they are articulated, how we understand our embodied identity from deeply within but also in the way the world reflects our selves back to us. Not everyone can “be in nature” easily or in the same way, but I was thinking about why I feel so much more comfortable when I am in my walking clothes and boots, when I have been walking for an hour or two, when it’s just me and whoever I’m walking with, me and my pack and the path, me and my body, my breath, the wind, the trees, the birds, the sheep. Am I a different kind of person then? Does a person’s identity change as the way they are reflected changes? I was also thinking what that might mean for queer people. After all, despite some of our perceived risks from other humans (in the bush, in parks, in the countryside, in the woods, on the trail) the trees don’t care about the shape of our bodies, the path doesn’t care who we love or who we fuck. I composed and recorded the majority of this piece while walking, which I hope brings the form of the thought, the embodiment of it, into the piece. I was interested to find that the pace of my sometimes matched exactly, even across terrains and continents, but then my footsteps and narration diverged again into their own times and places."

Story from the Appalachian Trail - Aubri Drake

  • 0:17:18

  • Transcript

  • Short description: Monologue/story. A dangerously cold, snowy, icy walk in the woods, featuring an encounter with a moose.

  • Creator bio: Aubri Drake is a white, queer, genderqueer, trans hiker and backpacker. They section hiked the Appalachian Trail between 2013 and 2017, wearing out many shoes, breaking many trekking poles, and adopting a Southern baby queer along the way! When they're not out in the woods, they do medical research, rock climb, read, crochet, and cuddle their ginger tabby cat, Wash (yes, he's named for the pilot in Firefly).

  • Creator links: Articles: The Trek - Timex / Blog: Timex's Appalachian Trail Adventures

  • Creator statement: "The Appalachian Trail is a trail that runs from Georgia to Maine, in the United States. It is 2189.5 miles, give or take."

Excerpt from “Finding Home in the In-Between with Travis” - Flex Your Heart Radio

  • 0:30:16

  • Transcript

  • Short description: Interview. Mountains, snow sports and queer adventures with The Venture Out Project. Thank you so much to Travis from The Venture Out Project and Lacy from Flex Your Heart Radio for allowing us to use this excerpt from “Finding Home in the In-Between with Travis”. You rock!

  • The Venture Out Project: "We at The Venture Out Project believe in bringing the queer community together to experience the beauty and fun of the wilderness. Our trips are run by queer people for queer people and are open to people of all levels of experience."

  • Flex Your Heart Radio: "A podcast about body positivity, fitness, feminism, recovery, taking risks, and crushing it at life."

Sweeper - Ruth

Excerpt from Floodlight Viscera #12 - Erin Kyan

  • 0:37:46

  • Transcript

  • Short description: Poetry/sound art. Three snippets of life, at a cafe, on the beach in winter, on a road trip.

  • Creator bio: Erin Kyan is a disabled, queer, trans man whose writing leans in two drastically different directions. In his spoken word and zines, he touches on themes of vulnerability, courage, desire, and pain, often reaching for the warm and wet darkness that lurks within us. In his audio drama podcast Love and Luck, he gently paints a cheerful picture of love and community, presenting joy and hope as a remedy for hard times.

  • Creator links: Website: Erin Kyan / Twitter: @Erinkyan / Facebook: ErinKyanDotCom / Podcast: Love and Luck

  • Creator statement: "My poetry is centered in sensory experiences first and foremost. Supporting these stanzas with sound was a natural progression of the piece, another tool to build a stronger connection with the audience and bring them deeper into my experience."

Kenyan Journey - Ania Przygoda

  • 0:41:04

  • Transcript

  • Short description: Field recording/sound art. A blend of sounds, music, voices collected on a trip through Kenya in 2010.

  • Creator links: Website: Ania Przygoda / Twitter: @aniaadventure / LinkedIn: Ania Przygoda

  • Creator bio: Ania Przygoda is a freelance sound editor. She works on features and shorts, as well as commercials and online videos.

  • Creator statement: "I love traveling. I like to take my recorder and make binaural recordings of my trips as 'audio postcards'. In this way, I am non intrusive to my environment, and unnoticed as a sound recording. When listening back to them I am literally transported right where I was at that time."

Out with Frankie the Dog - EZ

  • 0:49:24

  • Transcript

  • Short description: Conversation/snippet. A winter walk, differences between English and Bulgarian countryside, dog poo in plastic bags.

  • Creator bio: EZ is studying Architectural Technology in Brighton University. Originally from Bulgaria but lived in the UK for the last 10 years. Thoroughly into architecture and art, enjoying living by the sea of Brighton and never found better place to live in England. Since 2012 she is blessed to be in a relationship with her love Adele.

  • Creator statement: "Before Christmas, stayed at Adele's family house in Burton upon Trent. Had a flu for a week and a half and tons of university work to do. This field walk was so relaxing and recharging. Always loved animals and being with them is such a special time, adding to this nature the combination becomes extremely appealing."

An Aborted Swim (Ladies' Pond) - Jo Impey

  • 0:54:25

  • Transcript

  • Short description: Conversation/field recording. An attempt to go swimming on Hampstead Heath is thwarted by ice on the pond.

  • Creator bio: Jo is a radio producer at the BBC World Service and an aspiring wild swimmer.

  • Creator links: Twitter: @JoannaImpey

  • Creator statement: "It’s a rainy Sunday in December. It’s been bitterly cold for the last 10 days. In London, Jo is wondering whether this will be the winter when she finally manages to keep swimming right through till spring. She last took a dip in the Ladies Pond at the end of November, when the water temperature was seven degrees. Now it’s near freezing – and sadly, as we’re about to hear, that thwarts her plans. She decides inspect the ice instead . . ."

Sweeper - Sam

New Year's Day Thoughts - Jenny List

  • 0:59:22

  • Transcript

  • Short description: Monologue. Thoughts on transition and why trans people might find themselves walking in the great outdoors.

  • Creator bio: Jenny List is an engineer and journalist whose roots are firmly in the North Oxfordshire countryside.

  • Creator links: Twitter: @Jenny_Alto

  • Creator statement: "Thoughts on the whole Queer Out Here thing and why some trans people go walking, during a New Years walk on the Oxon/Bucks border."

Excerpt from “Putting the ‘Out’ in Outdoors With Elyse Rylander” - MtnMeister

  • 1:06:38

  • Transcript

  • Short description: Interview. Queer youth trips with OUT There Adventures, queer people (re)claiming outdoors spaces and activities. Thank you so much to Elyse from OUT There Adventures and Ben from MtnMeister for allowing us to use this excerpt from Episode #172, “Putting the ‘Out’ tn Outdoors With Elyse Rylander”. You're fab!

  • OUT There Adventures: "We believe every young person deserves the opportunity to explore their identity in a positive and affirming environment. The goal is simple: empower queer young people through their connection with the natural world."

  • MtnMeister: "The podcast that explores the minds of those who explore."

We've Won the Winter - Liz Tetu

  • 1:14:51

  • Transcript

  • Short description: Poetry/non-fiction. Charts the development of a relationship through make-out sessions in the wood and long term illness.

  • Creator bio: Liz (sometimes Ulysses) Tetu is a gag comic artist and general writer. He’s written creatively about his own life for the 1888 Center, Impossible Archetype, and anthology My Body My Words. At Metropolitan State University, he puts together papers for his last classes in the Creative Sexual Communication major. When he finds time to put down the pen, he picks up bad habits like drinking straight from the milk carton or cussing at his boyfriend for leaving hickeys on his forehead.

  • Creator links: Tumblr: liz-isnt-fair

  • Creator statement: "Two young bi men, their relationship tied to the woods behind a local apartment building where they make out, have to adapt as one develops ulcerative colitis. This piece blends poetic prose with creative nonfiction."

Sweeper - Dan, Jonathan and Peter

Highway, Shepparton and Rooms - Belinda Rule

  • 1:19:03

  • Transcript

  • Short description: Poetry. Memory and place intertwine, so when we lose our families, we can feel exiled from the places we once loved

  • Creator bio: Belinda Rule is a Melbourne writer of poetry and fiction. Her work has appeared extensively in journals and anthologies including Meanjin, Australian Book Review, Westerly, Island, Cordite Poetry Review, The London Magazine and Best Australian Poems.

  • Creator links: Twitter: @BelindaRule

  • Creator statement: "Like many queer people, I am estranged from a large part of my family. We were a camping and travelling family, and I have quite a passionate relationship with the places we used to go. But the memory of family is intertwined with the memory of place, so that even when I am literally standing in the beloved place, I still feel that I am in exile. And that’s what these poems are about. These poems have appeared in print previously: ‘Highway, Shepparton’, Eureka Street, 20 June 2016; ‘Rooms’, foam:e 14 (March 2017)."

My Seaside - Allysse Riordan

  • 1:23:04

  • Transcript

  • Short description: Sound art/field recording. Listen closer to the sounds of the seaside, collect them to make memories

  • Creator bio: Ears open and pen at the ready, Allysse is a wanderer and a creator. When not at work, she explores the outdoors around her and further afield, documenting her journeys with the help of her microphones, pen, and camera.

  • Creator links: Website: Allysse Riordan

  • Creator statement: "My Seaside is an exploration of what the seaside sounds like to me. Made up of different beaches, it is an imagined place, a remembered place that I conjure up even when I'm nowhere near the sea."

Beach Meditation at Bexhill - Mags

  • 1:26:41

  • Transcript

  • Short description: Field recording. The waves splash and drag on the shingle, the wind leaps around the groynes.

  • Creator bio: Mags is a 50 year old woman, originally from the North-East of England, but who defected to the South East 20 years ago. She works for an educational charity and in her free time loves photography, travel, reading, music and to hug the odd tree! Mags has a fascination for wandering around old churches and graveyards too.

  • Creator links: Twitter: @Magsalex67 / Blog: With Each New Day

  • Creator statement: "I often find myself drawn to the sea when I need to escape the stresses of work and daily life. On this day, I had received a barrage of calls related to work and felt the need to escape. Bexhill is only a 20 minute drive away and the sun was shining so this was where I ended up. I find that the sound of the sea crashing onto the beach and the ebb and flow of the tide have the innate ability to create a sense of calm within me. At times I closed my eyes and just engaged with the sound of the sea and wind. I left some time later feeling a sense of calm had washed over me."

Wendy at Camber Sands - Wendy and Jonathan

  • 1:28:11

  • Transcript

  • Short description: Interview/field recording. A conversation ranging from LGBT walking groups to Machu Picchu, childhood and wild swimming.

  • Creator bio: Wendy is a second generation Holocaust survivor who lives by the sea on the south coast. Jonathan is one of the editors of Queer Out Here.

  • Creator statement: "Wendy was keen to contribute to Queer Out Here, but wasn’t sure about creating a piece herself, so she asked if Jonathan could record a chat while on one of the group walks and if he could edit it down for the zine . . . It’s a cold, clear December morning. There’s ice on the puddles in the Camber Sands car park. The wind is barely stirring, which is unusual for this beach, and the incoming tide laps at the sand with the smallest of saltwater tongues. There are dozens of people out and about - couples arm-in-arm going for a stroll, extended families bundled up in warm clothes, kids tearing in and out of the tall sand dunes, solo joggers, dog walkers and groups of runners in full lycra and neon pink shoes doing laps of the streets and the beach. And then there’s us, a dozen or so members of the Hastings and Rother Rainbow Alliance walking group, our identifying features mostly hidden under scarves, hats and coats. We’re off for our monthly walk - a very short one, this time, just up to the mouth of the River Rother and back along the sand. We pause for a few minutes by the river to chat and take some photos . . ."

Sweeper - Emma

Conclusion - Allysse and Jonathan

Issue 01 Preview

A teaser featuring snippets from some of the pieces in Queer Out Here Issue 01.

Issue 01 is almost ready to release. How exciting! It should pop up in your feeds and apps next week. In the meantime, we thought we'd give you a sneak peek of some of the great stuff we've got in store for you.

Information about Issue 01 Preview

Length: 1:18

File size: 2.5MB (.mp3)

Transcript: Google Docs / PDF

Content notes: We don't think there's anything to flag up in this preview (the word "butt"?!), but please check the transcript if you're concerned. If you notice anything we've missed, please send us an email so we can add a note here.

You can also find this preview on Vimeo (below), SoundCloud and YouTube. (Including a taster of Emma Charleston's cover art for Issue 01!)

Issue 00

An interview with the editors of Queer Out Here.

Issue 00

Allysse and Jonathan discuss how being queer/LGBTQIA+ might affect a person’s outdoor experiences, connections between creativity and the outdoors, what we love about field recordings and the kinds of places we’re drawn to.

Think of Issue 00 of Queer Out Here as a bit of an introduction - a taste of some themes that might be covered in the zine and a way of getting to know your editors. The “real” issues of Queer Out Here will be very different, with contributions from many people.

Information about Issue 00

Length: 52:02

Transcript: Google Docs / PDF

Content notes: If you have specific anxieties or triggers, you may wish to ask a trusted friend to listen to this interview and give you feedback. You could also check the transcript for particular words. There are two moments we’d like to note:

  1. 06:13-08:30 - Allysse describes negotiating a situation that might have had the potential for homophobic violence (no physical or verbal violence occurred).

  2. 44:52-45:00 - Jonathan whispers close to microphone, which can be an odd sensory experience, especially if you’re wearing headphones.

File size: 99.9MB (.mp3)