Color Z, a digital zine collaboration and initiative created by Filipino Gen Z queers for the queers and peers outside the community, is set again to raise funds for various queer and minority organizations through their sophomore issue.
Initiated in June 2020, the first issue raised Php 54,987.00 for its five beneficiaries Mujer LGBT, Home for the Golden Gays, Piston, Today x Future, and AAPAF, INC..
This year’s issue features 33 creatives, giving homage to their "Queerspirations"—a love letter to their queer-awakening moments.
"Our theme for this issue is QUEERspirations. It could be a favourite pop star icon, a film, or a literary piece that made us realize that we are accepted for who you are, or a song that makes us feel safe and at home- a moment in our lives that felt like we were our 100% true self," team's External Head, Albert Raqueño, shares.
The people behind the initiative continue to believe in representation—the need for queer stories to be told. Color Z aims to remind us to be in solidarity in our fight against systemic oppression. The celebration of Pride has taught the team the significance and power of organizing and putting things into collective action.
"The pandemic closed the opportunities of collective creation, community-building, and taking up spaces. There are less queer-owned or queer-led independent publications where artists can collaborate with young queer creatives. It was initially difficult to organize the project because we noticed that most queer Gen Zs are either closeted or still yet to find out their own gender identities. Despite all that, our artists found common ground in creating this zine," Raqueño said.
Avail a copy of the Color Z Zine No. 02 with a minimum donation of Php 300.00 until July 10 through this link.
All proceeds of the digimag will be equally distributed to their chosen beneficiaries: Home for the Golden Gays, Mujer LGBT, Stand With The Poor Relief Drive and Operations, Tagug Jamma Pink Tatalon, and Save Our Schools Network.
Color Z is spearheaded by Bazooka Smooth, Jouache, Albert Raqueño, Gian Ferrer, Psychedelikats, Wika Nadera, and Ube-Chan.