How to avoid the heterosexual and male gaze in journalistic work? How do we talk and write about systemic inequalities without slipping into trauma porn? What principles should be used to form a pool of experts and commentators? And for that matter, why should the use of gender-neutral language be written into the editorial policy, even if the majority of the audience does not accept it yet? There is a certain way resources are distributed in newsrooms and topics on the agenda are prioritised, it's not random. We want to challenge that status quo.
We don’t want to impose a certain vision of queer feminist on anyone – it already exists successfully without us. We want to shed light on feminist perspectives and describe the realities of queer people in different regions by empowering local journalists to promote diverse representation within the media content. We also aim to improve foreign reporting on underrepresented groups and support the media in reaching a broader audience in homophobic and patriarchal societies. For us, it is not just another topic but an integral part of who we are. It’s not about ‘them’, it is about us.
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We are always reacting to current issues but there are also some topics which have been recurrent themes in our work. Here are a few.