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Black Fly Zine

By Goldsnap

Ella and Nana are the co-founders of Black Fly Zine, a new zine on sexual health, positivity and well-being for people of colour. Ahead of their fundraiser on the 25th of Febuary, regular Thursday party Goldsnap are helping them raise money and awareness about the project, and are hoping to get more people of colour involved in the conversation. The Goldsnap crew sat down with Ella and Nana to find out more about Black Fly Zine!

What inspired you to create Black Fly Zine?

We were fed up with the lack of decolonised information on sexual health which failed to consider the multiplicity of people of colour (POC) narratives – and how this impacts us. This wasn’t just about health but also sexual wellbeing – black and brown love, sex positivity and diverse reflections on queer identities and sexualities, to name a few. So we created Black Fly as a platform to share and learn through each other’s experiences, keeping POC centered and our intersections better considered.

Did you take inspiration fromany other zines?

Ella has been working with zines for a few years and has submitted to at least 15 zines in the last few year. Roadfemme was definitely an inspiration, but through submitting to zines you learn about what makes a zine work and also when you have hated a zine you’ve submitted to, what they have done wrong.

What has been the best part of putting the zine together?

Whenever we receive an email notification we both get excited – we definitely feel privileged by people’s willingness to be open and honest with us and the creative manifestations that have come out of this. The zine is just a magical mix of poems, essays, collages, a short story, illustrations and photography…

The call-out for submissions reached pretty wide and the contributors span over three continents, so some of the pieces are in French and Spanish (for these we’ve kept the original but included an English translation.) We’ve even had a submission from a black man who spent seven years incarcerated in the States and sent us an excerpt from the book he wrote during this time. We really couldn’t have anticipated any of this…

Basically, the zine is lit. Lol!

Do you feel that putting together the zine is particularly important now? Why?

Conversations on sexual wellbeing will always be important but what is exciting about the times we are in, is that the zine centres our experiences as people of colour without having to explain why this is necessary. Generally, advice on sexual health/ wellbeing is overwhelmingly heteronormative and is written from the perspective that one size fits all – we are hoping that Black Fly can be a meaningful resource for those who have found a lot of that information to be useless to them.

Do you have future plans for Black Fly? What are they?

The response to this first edition of the zine has been super positive and so there will definitely be a second. In addition to this, we are planning to produce an issue for a much younger demographic through recorded conversations with teenagers as well as their individual submissions. We have also been thinking about workshops but that seems a long way for now…

You have a fundraiser coming up, can you tell us a bit about that?

We are organising fundraisers in three cities: London, New York and Mexico City. The first of these is a party in London and will be held at an artists’ co-working warehouse space in Hackney on Saturday 25th February. It’s £7 to get in but it’s also bring your booze… please come!

Is Black Fly looking for any contributions? How can POC get involved?

Black Fly is for every POC and so we are always wanting people to share their ideas. As mentioned earlier, we will be producing a second edition so people can keep sending us submissions. Currently, it has just been the two of us putting it together, and one of us lives in London and the other Mexico city (the joys of the Internet!!) but as we grow we will definitely need more support, irrespective of where people are based.

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How can we donate Black Fly?

You can donate to the JustGiving page. All of the proceeds are going to the printing of the zine. We are giving every contributor a copy of the publication and that is exactly where the money is going, to cover printing and shipping costs.

Join in the Black Fly fundraiser at the Goldsnap Valentine’s Special this Thursday 8 Feb from 9pm-2:30am!




Meat zine creator Adrian Lourie joins his fellow meat boy Fannar Gudmundsson to DJ at the next Little Gay Brother party, deep-south, Dolly Parton themed do, The Back House! Known for showcasing regular gay guys in a pin-up fashion, Meat has grown in popularity, filling a gap in the market for men who like real men. We caught up with Adrian ahead of the party to find out more about the zine and more about his music tastes…

Who or what inspires your style of photography featured in Meat?

Well I guess it’s my love of men, in all their amazing and fascinating forms! I’m trying to show that all different kinds of guys can be sexy, not just those featured in glossy magazines and that they don’t have to be airbrushed into some form of unattainable beauty to be gorgeous. It’s a celebration of masculinity in all its forms.

What’s the weirdest way you’ve ever sourced out a model?

Well I’m not sure I’d class it as weird, but I was surprised when François Sagat approached me about being involved, and more so that it actually it ended up happening.Whilst he didn’t necessarily fit in with the Meat ethos, he’s certainly an anomaly in his chosen career. We ended up spending three days together shooting in Paris and produced a special edition of the zine dedicated to him, which I’m extremely proud of.

François Sagat by Adrian Lourie

Were you taken aback by the popularity of the zine?

It’s grown really quite slowly in popularity and it was good timing. BUTT had just stopped printing and there seemed to be an audience for something niche that was sexy.I produced something that gay blokes who were interested in DIY publishing and the thriving zine culture could relate too. However I’m constantly flattered and thrilled that I’m producing something that so many people respond so positively too and support so strongly.

You feature real, regular men, and it’s insanely popular! Why do you think so few publications are showing these type of men when actually, there seems to be quite the demand for it?

I don’t know, but I like to think it’s changing slowly. However the media is still dominated by the desire to sell a lifestyle and an image of a supposed perfection. Even when ‘regular’ guys are used in fashion for example, it’s still seen as sort of quirky and, to me, a little bit token. I really love magazines like Fantastic Man, who are moving the story forward a little. However we’re still a long way off seeing a plus sized guy or a thin guy on the cover of magazines like Gay Times or Attitude.

Why is print still so important?

For me, it’s just about the whole experience of buying something tangible or even better, receiving something by post, in a hand written envelope. The experience starts with that. I sort of savour it like a ritual; the opening and exploring of something printed. I pour over it, I look again and again, the smell, the touch. I just don’t relate to digital media in that way, it doesn’t have that value for me. I think zine culture is the last stand for print media and it’s great that so many people embrace it either as publishers or consumers.

Can you share one Meat portrait that you love and why?

That’s so difficult because, looking through them, they’re all so important to me for so many different reasons. I think I’d choose the cover star of the next issue (meat eleven).Ben is pretty much the quintessential meat bloke. He’s handsome, down to earth and just a regular bloke who loved the zine and wanted to see how he’d photograph. He had something to prove to himself too and a great back-story. He’s got an amazing heart and a really fun spirit and he totally embraced the shoot. A week after I sent him pictures and told him I wanted to put him on the cover he was so happy he sent me a huge bouquet of flowers.

Ben from Meat Eleven

What’s your fave type of man to snap?

They’re all amazing! Hahaha! I guess I enjoy shooting blokes who are fans of the zine and get what I’m trying to say.

How does Meat the zine translate into Meat Boys the DJs?

Well my friend and fellow DJ Fannar Gudmundsson and I started throwing quarterly parties to launch each issue of meat (originally at Vogue Fabrics and now the Royal Vauxhall Tavern) and he was always on in the line up. I started hanging out in the DJ Booth and we sort of just evolved into the Meat Boys. I took to the decks at a meat launch in San Francisco this summer and we’ve both DJ-ed the last meat 4 meat parties here in London. The crowd seems to like what we do and we’re getting asked to play at other nights now, like The Back House, which is amazing.

Given your penchant for hot, real and topless men, if you had a time machine and could go back to any dance floor anywhere, any when, where would we be setting the dials for?

Oh gosh, San Francisco in the ’70s, without a doubt. I’ve spent a lot of time there this year and as a gay man you can feel our history in the air. It’s still quite a party, but back in the ’70s at the height of disco and the Gay Liberation movement it must have been wild.

What’s one track you’ll be playing at Little Gay Brother to get all the boys tops off?

Well, the Matt Legg remix of Most Of All by Jody Wately and the Richard X remix of Method Of Modern Love by Saint Etienne are both doing it for us right now but I’d have to go with some classic disco and say This Time Baby by Jackie Moore. It’s tops off guaranteed.

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Join Adrian and Fannar aka The Meat Boys at Little Gay Brother Presents… The Back House on Saturday 16th November from 9pm – 3am at Dalston Superstore.