The magazine showcases everyday guys from every walk of life.
Bi-mothly male photography magazine Elska have released their new Taipei issue, the first in the travel bookazine’s history to leave Europe, featuring fourteen Taipei local boys, each contributing their own local story.
It’s worryingly apparent that if you’re not white and masc in the LGBT community there’s a high chance you’ll be the victim of prejudices, stereotyping and racism – Elska has always been about showcasing everyday guys, but with their Taipei issue they say they are “going even further.”
“Many people told me I shouldn’t make an issue in Asia,” says editor and founder Liam Campbell, who is sick and tired of the racism faced by Asians in the community. “They told me that no one would buy it, that most guys just aren’t into Asians. Even some of the Taiwanese men featured told me I was crazy but I was determined to do it anyway.
“Even if it turns out to be a total failure, at least I can be proud that I took some sort of stand against racism in the LGBT community.”
As well as seeing the boys on the page, you actually meet them and learn about their city. The stories the guys write give a very intimate dimension featuring everything from from love affairs, to family issues, to coming out stories, to life-changing voyages, and dealing with discrimination.
Elska Magazine is sold in selected retailers worldwide and is available to order online. The 164-page Issue (05) Taipei is available as a print or as a tablet version. Find out more at – elskamagazine.com.