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New Ogden queer arts magazine ‘The LQ’ available now

By Deann Armes - Special to the Standard-Examiner | Oct 13, 2021

Deann Armes, Special to the Standard-Examiner

The first edition of "The LQ" is on sale now at Lavender Vinyl on Historic 25th Street.

Ogdenites Kye and Lisa Hallows, the creators of “The LQ: Ogden’s Queer Art Zine,” dropped their first issue on Oct. 2.

The 14-page, full-size, in-color zine includes the collected artwork of local LGBTQ+ identifying artists: poetry, astrology, “queerscopes,” paintings, digital and mixed-media art, and fictional stories are among the offerings to be enjoyed by readers.

Earlier this year, the Hallowses had an open call for artists to submit their artwork for inclusion in the zine. The only stipulations were that the artists identify as a part of the LGBTQ+ community and have some kind of connection to Ogden.

“The LQ” was created to help unite the queer community, said Kye Hallows, “because we know how large it is and think that it might help others who aren’t familiar with the scene to feel supported and seen.”

The art zines, funded by an Ogden Arts Grant, are available for purchase exclusively at Hallows’ record shop, Lavender Vinyl, located on Historic 25th Street.

Photo supplied, Kye Hallows

Kye and Lisa Hallows are the creators of "The LQ," Ogden's queer art zine.

Hallows said the inspiration came from an initial idea of doing a cookbook after they closed their vegan bakery, Lavender Kitchen. “I had someone I love and respect very much apply a slight bit of pressure to get involved with writing an arts grant, and the city believed in our project and gave us funding,” he said. Part of those funds went to paying the artists for their submitted artwork.

This small-batch, initial run is already almost gone. The next issue will print in March and they are currently looking for contributors.

Artists can submit anything they can print. This could include recipes, poetry, photos, articles, reviews, graphics, coloring book pages … it’s an open format, Hallows said. Submissions can be emailed to thelqzine@gmail.com, or on Instagram @the_lq_.

The LQ also has an associated podcast called “Toasted Lavender” about queer culture, released every Monday, “because Mondays suck,” Hallows said. “Toasted Lavender” is currently on a brief hiatus to launch the zine but will be back at the end of this month.

Follow @toastedlavenderpodcast and @the_lq_ on Instagram or Toasted Lavender at patreon.com/toastedlavenderpodcast, and grab your copy of “The LQ” fall 2021 issue at Lavender Vinyl.

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