META magazine: Something different for 2012

The publishers of Gay Times and DIVA magazine launch a groundbreaking digital publication aimed at the transgender community – META.

META is a unique magazine designed for a wide community of gender variant people. It is written by trans people and their friends for trans people and their friends. Through in-depth features, community discourse, arts coverage, celebrity interviews, comprehensive event listings, and charitable causes, META is a celebration of diversity.

META is connected to the UK’s exciting trans activism movement and is committed to challenging bigotry. It’s dedicated to promoting positive self esteem and connectivity among trans people, generating creativity, motivation and aspiration through inspiring imagery and positive ethos.

In the historic first issue, Vivian Bond, of Kiki and Herb fame, chats about changing personas:

“I am a Mixtress of reinvention. I've thrown everything up in the air many times to see where it lands. As to reinventing myself personally, well… I have always known who I am.”

Reality star Lewis Hancox responds to criticism following his appearance in Channel 4’s My Transsexual Summer:

“I outed myself, basically, and put myself in a vulnerable position. People shouldn’t be attacking me for that – it should be encouraged.”

Performance artist Diane Torr discusses traditional sexism:

“I was following a programme about famous dead people and they’d always have men on. I wrote in and said, “What is it, do women not die?”

Editor Paris Lees said:

“Trans writers have been gaining ground over the past few years, appearing in the New Statesman, the Guardian and the Times.

Now, with META, we finally have our own platform. Forget ‘editor’ – speaking purely as a trans woman, I can honestly say I’m thrilled.

META isn’t just for trans people, it’s for anyone who’s ready for a grown up discussion about gender – something we don’t always see in the mainstream media."


It includes features on gender-free parenting, exclusive video content, real life stories and debate. META will also feature Del LaGrace Volcano, Natacha Kennedy, DJ Lady Lloyd, Baga Chipz, Christine Burns, Jane Fae, Roz Kaveney, Jennie Kermode and Jay Stewart.

META’s debut issue is available for digital download from the App Store or Android Market from 5 February – and will cost 99p.

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