Wednesday, February 16, 2011

How it all Began...

And just like that, we complete a full year! Memories are still fresh in my mind, of how Gaylaxy was all born out of my sheer frustration with the fact that I had to often keep scavenging the web for gay related news articles. I thought to myself, ‘Why can’t there be a magazine which would bring everything under one roof?’ After all, LGBT community is supposed to be a very talented one, and I hated the fact that despite such a pool of talent, I had to be at the mercy of one or two articles every now and then. This dissatisfaction led me to take a step forward in the final semester of my college. I was very apprehensive of how it would be received, and shared the idea with only two-three friends of mine. I still remember when I asked Sukanya, one of the editors, to help me out with the first issue, she asked: ‘And what plans do you have after this issue?’ I had no answer as such, because I had no plans. I believed that people would come forward to help and so could only say, “Let’s see, I am sure I will find people willing to write in, I can sustain it on my own for three issues. If I don’t get a good response, I will stop.” And after a full year, I am glad to say that not only did I find writers to write for Gaylaxy, but the overwhelming response from all quarters just bowled us over and ensured that we kept coming out with regular issues (Ok, may be not so regular, but we keep trying).

Recently, while I was describing Gaylaxy’s journey to a person, he said, “So you had a nice gay-friend circle in college who helped you out?” And I said, “No, they are all straight!” Yes, one of the USPs of Gaylaxy is that there are many straight people involved, from its very beginning! From the graphic designers to the web-master and editors; Gaylaxy would be incomplete without them and their selfless efforts. None of this would have been possible without their support and constant encouragement.I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of you, our readers, for being all along in this wonderful journey, without your constant feedback and encouragement, the journey would have ended a long time ago.

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