Vada – One Year Anniversary

Stuart Forward

A year ago today, Vada took its first steps out into the brave new world of LGBT publication. Since then, despite a few run-ins with daytime TV presenters (a story for another day), we haven’t looked back.

In our inaugural year we have grown organically and established a team of engaging and talented writers. We have dissected machismo and the batty boy, met Cher (well, sort of), covered everything in flowers, pissed off Cathy Brennan, made friends with Mark Kermode, exposed Mary Berry, narrowly avoided the Apopcalypse, provided an education in music, got hit on by a lawyer for writing about wrestlingshone a light on mental health, and aired the angst of the Grindr generation.

In the last year we have tried to provide an attuned queer perspective that is often lacking in the mainstream media. We recognise that sexuality is an important aspect of anyone’s identity, but that it is not the be-all and end-all. We appreciate that life is more than the scene, and more than just being gay, but equally quite enjoy the queer perspective and the off-shoots it informs our outlook on popular culture with. We have tried to provide an outlet for a refreshing take on LGBT life and the many ridiculous and intriguing moments of popular culture. I hope you have enjoyed the journey so far.

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With a contributor base that covers 5 continents (no one cares about Antarctica) and an interested and engaging readership around the world, I am proud to reflect on a year well spent, and look forward to many more to come.

I would like to thank all those who have been involved in the project, often working on top of their day to day commitments, whose efforts have helped to make Vada what it is today. It is truly appreciated.

To mark our collective birthday, a selection of writers have taken Vada selfies from wherever they are in the world. Check them out and a highlight from their back-catalogue that I have chosen for your enjoyment.


Vada. x

jimmy chadda

Jimmy Chadda – ‘My Manifesto to End Gay Dating Myths’

Martyn Hett

Martyn Hett – ‘10 Reasons Why Gail Platt is a Cultural Icon

David Blackett

David Blackett – ‘Great British Bake Off – THE FINAL

Tim Boden

Tim Boden – ‘The Rugby League World Cup (By Tim Who’s Only Seen One Game)

Raks Patel

Raks Patel – ‘Harvey Milk – A Pioneer and an Inspiration for Everyone

Craig Lomas

Craig Lomas – ‘Beauty Picks – Essentials this Christmas

Carl Eden

 Carl Eden – ‘Under the Influence – Stanley Kubrick

Roy Ward

Roy Ward – ‘Reclaiming the “F” Word – Feminism at a Crossroads

Matt Mallinson

Matt Mallinson – ‘The Many Faces of Batman

Tom Crowe

Tom Crowe – ‘Words that Grindr has Ruined

Nick Gomez

Nick Gomez – ‘Sidelined Sexuality – Bisexuality

john ersing

John Ersing – ‘Fashion Investing in the Avant-GardeJames Wilcox

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James Wilcox – ‘Why I’m Not a Rice Queen

Sean Weaver

Sean Weaver – ‘The Violence of Masculinity

About Stuart Forward

Recent graduate living in Leeds. Lover of the Caribbean, obscure books, beer and things people don't give a toss about. Aspiring publisher. Wannabe Belgian. @StuForward