Queering the Media: The Making of a Magazine for LGBTQ+ Women

Thursday, April 27th, 2017 • 3:15pm–4:30pm • MG5 • Management

Five years ago, Florence Gagnon founded Lez Spread the Word, a Montreal-based LGBTQ+ organization devoted to producing content by and for queer women. After launching a website, a web series, a play and the popular bimonthly event Où sont les femmes, print seemed like a natural next step. The catch: she’d never worked on a magazine before, let alone created one. LSTW, launched in the fall of 2016, is a bilingual, pan-Canadian print magazine published annually that is committed to countering stereotypes and fighting queer invisibility. Join Florence and two of her colleagues as they share how they made a 230-page, almost exclusively self-financed French-English magazine—the result of efforts by more than 20 women keen to bring about positive change.