Magazine offers LGBTQ and BIPOC youth in Nanaimo a place to share writing and art – Nanaimo News Bulletin

Young people from the LGBTQ and BIPOC communities express themselves creatively in the latest issue of Literacy Central Vancouver Island’s youth magazine.

On February 24, the third issue of LCVI’s Square Magazine hits the shelves of Well Read Books. The publication is funded by British Columbia’s Multiculturalism and Anti-Racism Division and features writing and visual arts from 13 to 30 year olds living in the center of the island.

“Place is a way for us to celebrate their passion and creativity and make them feel heard in their community,” said Quillenge Sepulveda, Youth Literacy Coordinator at LCVI.

The issue includes poetry, short stories, collages, digital art, charcoal drawings and photography, Sepulveda said, and covers themes of identity, self-exploration, advocacy. , activism and the “desire for change”. Sepulveda said it was important for Location focus on LGBTQ and BIPOC youth because these voices are “muffled”.

“Now more than ever…these voices, especially the voices of young people in these communities, must be brought to the fore,” they said. “I know they just have a plethora of knowledge to share and they often aren’t valued as having that knowledge.”

Some of the material was collected when LCVI launched a call for applications, but Sepulveda also visited LQBTQ and BIPOC schools and youth groups and held workshops on writing, self-expression and critical thinking. .

“We looked at things like power in our society and who is writing about us and what are they writing about?” said Sepulveda. “That was the main goal of our workshops was to take the power back into their hands and have them write and talk about themselves instead of someone writing about them.”

Sepulveda said it was insightful to hear the young people discuss their experiences and “how they navigate the world”. They said it was inspiring and made them realize how young people “really are a voice for change”.

“As a person of color and as a queer person and a trans person, it’s been a bit of a labor of love and resistance,” Sepulveda said. “And I’ve loved not only getting to know my communities in Nanaimo better, but I’ve also loved exploring with them what this issue means to them.

Square Magazine will be available from Well Read Books, 19 Commercial St.

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