HARDY is a print-only queer zine of essays, interviews, artwork, and photography, advocating for social justice and LGBTQ+ visibility; it was launched in response to the turbulent socio-political climate of 2016—the presidential election, the Pulse Nightclub massacre, the egregious police brutality and shooting deaths among black men and women in America.
The first issue of HARDY, Vol 1 “Hashtag Activism,” is a curation of founding editor Joey Gray’s social media content (including prose, poetry, and photographs) offering a queer perspective on social justice. The second issue, Vol 2 “We Are Family,” is a celebration of diversity within the LGBTQ community, emphasizing the importance of visibility and inclusivity, and the historical impact of drag and chosen families for queer people. The third (and most recent) issue, Vol 3 “The Future Is Fluid” is a colorful patchwork of gender identity and self expression, featuring collaborations and contributions from fluid and non-binary LGBTQ folk.
For more insight into the meaning and mission of HARDY, you can read Joey Gray’s personal essay published by Huffington Post Queer Voices, here.