Over 60 people celebrated the launch of the “D&G Queerier” magazine last Saturday at The Stove café.

Crowds gathered from 7pm to enjoy performances by local singer, Diane Maclean, poet Lizzie Parsons, Paisley theatre group from Carlisle, and music from Glasgow’s Black Doves. There were also comedy acts and a local drag queen performing.

An art gallery was created upstairs by D&GQ artists Ella Dutch and Ayla Fudala – with a custom made unicorn cake and champagne.

The event marked the public release and distribution of the D&GQ magazine, which is a volunteer, community-run magazine, focusing on LGBT+ issues and culture, from across the Dumfries and Galloway region.

The magazine is a youth-led, free, quarterly publication and will be distributed across the Dumfries and Galloway region at cafes, libraries and LGBT+ spaces.

D&GQ Co-founder, and LGBT Plus volunteer Leo Barret said:

“D&GQ has emerged in a very short space of time from Lavender Menace, an LGBT+ events project supported by LGBT Plus and Blueprint100 at The Stove. We’re so grateful for the support of these organisations, as well as the community. There have been waves of LGBT+ cultural organising in Dumfries before, so it’s really exciting to see so much enthusiasm for these new ventures.”

Guest Editor Lucy EJ Woods said:

“It couldn’t have happened without all the passionate and energetic D&GQ volunteers and performers, local support and donations from everyone who really wanted this magazine and the launch event to be special and memorable. A big thank you to everyone that was involved! The D&GQ team are really excited about involving more people and putting together future issues.”

D&GQ Treasurer and DG Pride volunteer Michael Gowan said:

“The launch event was amazing and brought the queer community together. It was great to see a sense of ownership: people knew they could contribute and get involved with the magazine, and this will give a voice to people across the region whose stories are sometimes overlooked.”

D&GQ Secretary and Writer, Matthew Byers said:

“It is nice to see all the hard work pay off. I hope that this magazine can show people that, even though they live in a rural area, they are not alone. There are other queer folks nearby who are happy to offer whatever support they can. I wish that I could have had a copy of this magazine after I came out to show me that there were people nearby who were the same as me.”

D&GQ Events Coordinator, Andre Anderson said:

“Although it was put together quickly, the quality of the acts was really high. At one point The Stove was so packed we were worried we might run out of space! It was a joy to work with everyone who made D&GQ possible, and we’ve had some super nice messages from the community, and were asked to put on more similar events again!”

Headline performers, Black Doves said:

“It was lovely to see so many beautiful queer people come out to the D&GQ launch! It was definitely worth the trip from Glasgow and we would love to come back to Dumfries if there are similar happenings in the future. We also hope people from Dumfries visit Glasgow to see our monthly cabaret called Queer Theory. The next show is Wednesday 23rd of May at Nice n Sleazy.”

D&GQ contributors come from all walks of life, are of various ages, with many interests. D&GQ is looking for more volunteers, if you are interested in getting involved – be it with writing, photography, artwork, social media, fundraising, design, events or admin – please get in touch:

If you’d like to donate to towards future issues of D&GQ, please visit the online funding link:

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