“Without community, there is no liberation…but community must not mean a shedding of our differences, nor the pathetic pretense that these differences do not exist.”
About EveryQueer Magazine…
EveryQueer Magazine inspires people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender presentations to think differently about the global queer community through a lens of culture and activism. Our hope is to ultimately build a bridge between queer people across identities and borders.
We started out a decade ago as a personal blog focusing on LGBT Travel. Today, EveryQueer has since expanded into a multi-platform brand that includes digital + traditional media and IRL experiences for our community. We host LGBT professional development training, conduct workshops, make television appearances, host group tours and curate a celebration of the full spectrum of queer adventures.
Our wide-ranging original content and events have received media coverage in The New York Times, The Guardian, Washington Post, Vice, Nylon, Afar, Travel + Leisure, The Huffington Post, and Conde Nast Traveler, to name a few.
A letter from our Editor, Meg Ten Eyck…
I started my first website over a decade ago. It wasn’t until I launched my third website that I found any kind of “success” online. It was a travel blog highlighting my adventures around the world.
I’m a queer millennial, the internet has been my work place and my playground for most of my life. In the early days of social media, MySpace and LiveJournal were where I met all my ex girlfriends.???? No shame in my pre-tinder game.
I went to college in a very small town and was one of a handful of queer people on campus. Thus I reached out to the lesbians of the internet to find community, dates, and entertainment -well…. if I’m being honest it was mostly dates. Fast forward to graduate school, living in New York City and working in LGBT advocacy, I met a ton of community leaders molding and shaping the queer world. These leaders became my friends, my family, and my inspiration for my reason for being. People ask me all the time why I do this work – I do this work because there is nothing more important to me than our community.
After a few years of working in the queer advocacy, I burned out – working in queer youth suicide prevention will do that to you. Being the extreme person that I am, I jumped ship and moved to South Korea. That’s when I launched my first blog Dopes on the Road. It didn’t take long for me to realize there was very limited information for queer travelers online and started to get questions from folks looking for travel advice.. My background in LGBT advocacy gave me a unique skillset when answering many of these questions. Which is when writing morphed from a hobby to my full time job.
I hoped that my work online would become a space on the internet for LGBT people like me to find resources for travel that felt more familiar to my community. I knew I wanted to inspire others to have adventures in everyday life without sugar coating the reality of traveling as an LGBT person. LGBT travelers face a unique set of difficulties when seeing the world. The policies and social acceptance of LGBT people varies widely from country to country, but the reality is that safety is still a huge concern for people when LGBT identity is illegal in 70 countries around the world. It’s my hope to lead by example and inspire other LGBT people to seek out adventures around the world and engage in building community around the world.
In my years as a blogger and influencer I’ve had some amazing opportunities. I’ve created marketing campaigns and conducted professional development training for brands working with the LGBT community. I’ve also served as consultants for best practices in LGBT product development, marketing campaigns, and internal policy. I’ve been cited in two consecutive UNWTO Reports on LGBT Tourism as a leading expert and in the ETC’s Report on LGBT Tourism. Ten years into content creation, I’m regularly a featured speaker and subject matter expert at travel conferences worldwide. In 2019, I was selected as the International Woman of the Year for Facebook’s initiative with Girl Gone International for my work in LGBT inclusive travel. I am also the international LGBT brand ambassador for Contiki and I’m serving a two-year term on the LGBT advisory board of Belmond. Since I became a public figure, I have visited 60 countries, spoken at LGBT conferences on four continents, published my first book, appeared on red carpets, and had my content read by several million people.
I was at the top of my game when I decided to leave my life as an influencer behind and start EveryQueer Magazine. Why? Well – there were a few reasons. First, on a personal note, I got divorced. My ex, Linds took over DopesontheRoad.com and still runs the site to this day. You should definitely follow her. She’s an incredible person whose talent is unmatched in the travel industry.
After the divorce, I was left with a cross road – do I go back to a normal 9-5 office job? Or do I forge a new path? Do I create a new blog? Do I launch a new form of independent queer media in a time when independent media is dying off? After many hours of thought (read: panic attacks) I realized this could be an opportunity to go back to square one but this time with all the information I’d learned about content creation and media over the last ten years. It was also an opportunity to rework some of the mistakes I’d made and change some of the things I didn’t love about my old work.
One of the things I didn’t love was how limiting my own voice is when it comes to queer issues. I could only tell the story from my own experience because that’s what my audience was used to hearing. I’ve spent ten years on stage telling audiences that we’re stronger together and diversity is the path forward in media. I’ve always used my platforms to amplify voices from the community but building a platform from the ground up that highlights the true nuance and beauty of our community is a whole different ballpark. Now this is my opportunity to walk the walk and talk the talk.
Our goal with EveryQueer is to highlight the creators and content we wish we could find.
I have to warn you though, EveryQueer will be an honest portrayal of queer experiences around the world and hails from Roxanne Gay’s school of bad feminism and imperfect activism. Our team is made up of really smart passionate queers doing the tough job of unlearning bias every single day.
Our team is dedicated to building bridges across borders and identities. We aim to educate, enlighten and empower our audience to create a more inclusive environment and encourage queers to live a life full of adventure. Our digital content across platforms chronicles and celebrates the stories, people and voices that are emerging and inspiring all of us, ranging in topics from travel to queer pop culture to activism to sex + dating, all through the lens of today’s queer community.