Origin Story — Archer
Archer, based in Australia, is “an inclusive, respectful and celebratory print and online mag about sexuality, gender and identity.” Founder Amy Middleton started the magazine back in 2013, providing a platform and voice that she felt was missing from the newsstand.
I asked Amy to look back at the start of Archer for this week's Origin Story.
“I was working as a journalist at a caravan magazine back in 2013 and plotting my next career move, when I realised there wasn't a publication that discussed sexuality and gender from an inclusive perspective. There were gay mags, women's mags, maybe one lesbian mag, but nothing that reflected the diversity and individuality of human experience in these areas.
“When I was growing up, there was next to no media representation of people who looked, acted and desired like me. It was a pretty alienating experience and research suggests this lack of visibility can have very negative impacts on people's mental health.
“So I set about making a glossy, high-quality print magazine that presented diverse bodies and identities through beautiful art and photography and first-person storytelling, with a proud and positive vibe.
“We publish twice a year in print and post new stories on our website every week. These days we're sold all across the world, the mag has won a slew of awards and our website has been accessed by more than 700,000 people in over 60 countries.
“The publication is put together by a team of passionate volunteers in Melbourne and Sydney, and much-loved by its loyal readership.”
The 12th edition of Archer, themed ‘PLAY’, will be released in June 2019.
Buy a (Subsail-powered) subscription or back issues at archermagazine.com.au