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Introducing Prism Mag: An online magazine for local LGBTQ+ youth

Updated: Jul 8, 2020

We’re here, we’re queer, and it’s been one year! In celebration of their one-year anniversary of inception, Prism Club is kicking off Pride month with the introduction of their online magazine, Prism Mag. The magazine will launch on June 1st and will include a range of pieces showcasing the talents of our local LGBTQ+ youth community.

Prism Mag is an inclusive, queer, youth-led digital magazine situated in South Jersey, providing local queer youth with a platform to share their work, connect with others, and access queer-centric information. Mirroring the mission of Prism Club, the magazine acts as a safe space for local LGBTQ+ youth to have fun, learn from others, and share their talents and experiences with accepting and understanding members of the community.

“I think this is a fun and impactful opportunity for the kids,” says Annalisa Ciro, creator of Prism Mag. “Especially during a time like this, when a lot of queer kids have even less access to supportive groups and are, in many cases, spending all their time at home with families who may not support them."

Prism Mag is eagerly accepting submissions from local queer youth, as well as work from LGBTQ+ adults, and supportive family members and allies. Submissions can include queer TV, film, literature, or music reviews or reaction videos; creative, autobiographical, or academic writing; visual art; commentary on queer politics or current events; coming out stories; stories or advice from supportive parents or family members of queer youth; and more! Submissions can be sent in the format of writing, video, artwork, photography, etc., and any requests to remain anonymous when published will be respected. The cutoff deadline for the June 1st release is May 25th, so send in your work to be featured in the inaugural issue!

"We're all really excited for the big reveal, and we hope the kids like it," adds Annalisa. "This is our way of reminding you that we see you, we hear you, we love you, and we support you."

Both operating out of Hopeloft and both a first of their kind in our area, Prism Club and Prism Mag add value to our network and our community through advocacy, support, and promotion of the arts. Prism Club’s introduction of Prism Mag is a small yet impactful way that our network continues to foster inclusivity, innovation, and empowerment, and we hope you join us in our support of this new chapter in their story.

Interested in submitting your work? Please send all submissions to To learn more about Prism Club, read our blog post or follow them on Facebook and Instagram.

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