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The Best of GAYLETTER Magazine 2018

Our favorite photographs that went to print in 2018

Creating an independent print publication in 2018 means lots of challenges, especially when it’s queer focussed. Producing stories for it, self-sustaining it, finishing it on time…it’s a trying, complicated process to turn ideas in your head into a high-quality finished magazine. Thankfully we have no lack of ideas (we have too many!) that we want to turn into stories.

 

This year we put out two printed issues, with 4 covers, photographed by Mickalene Thomas, Vivienne Maricevic, Luke Gilford and Ben Zank. It has brought us much satisfaction to print and share with you so many powerful photographs featuring LGBTQ people from around the world, captured by some of our favorite artists and creators. Each one contributes to the GAYLETTER legacy.

 

We decided at the year’s end that it might be nice to share some of our favorite images that we produced and commissioned from the past 12 months. It was tough narrowing it down to just 15. We love every image we print, but you can’t have a ‘best of’ without narrowing it down to a handful of the best.

 

 

So without further ado, here are our top 15 photographs from GAYLETTER Magazine from 2018. See you in 2019!

 

 

 

CHARLENE PHOTOGRAPHED AT HER HOME — THE INFAMOUS CASA DIVA IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, 2018.  PHOTOGRAPHY BY TOMMY KHA

 

MARKUS, SY, HECTOR AND JAN CARLOS PHOTOGRAPHED IN THE LOWER EAST SIDE, NEW YORK, 2018. PHOTOGRAPHY BY CODY CHANDLER

 

AMANDA LEPORE PHOTOGRAPHED AT THE GAYLETTER OFFICE IN THE LOWER EAST SIDE, NEW YORK, 2018. PHOTOGRAPHY BY LIA CLAY

 

IMP KID FEATURED IN ‘THE CLOWNS’ STORY IN GAYLETTER ISSUE 8. NEW YORK, NEW YORK, 2018. PHOTOGRAPHY BY VINCENT DILIO

 

JABOUKIE YOUNG-WHITE PHOTOGRAPHED IN LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, 2018. PHOTOGRAPHY BY PAUL MPAGI SEPUYA

 

TRACEY NORMAN PHOTOGRAPHED AT MICKALENE THOMAS’ STUDIO, BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, 2018. PHOTOGRAPHY BY MICKALENE THOMAS

 

NOLAN AND EDDY FEATURED IN ‘THE JESTERS’ STORY IN GAYLETTER ISSUE 8. BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, 2018. PHOTOGRAPHY BY ERIC McARTHUR

 

KIM PETRAS FEATURED ON THE COVER OF GAYLETTER ISSUE 9. NEW YORK, NEW YORK, 2018. PHOTOGRAPHY BY LUKE GILFORD

 

MISS BENNY PHOTOGRAPHED IN BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, 2018. PHOTOGRAPHY BY DANIEL CAVANAUGH

 

 

IZZY AND MICKEY PHOTOGRAPHED IN FIRE ISLAND, NEW YORK, 2018. PHOTOGRAPHY BY MICKEY ALOISIO

 

 

DOMINIQUE JACKSON PHOTOGRAPHED AT THE GAYLETTER OFFICE IN THE LOWER EAST SIDE, NEW YORK, 2018. PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEPHEN VALASTEGUI

 

FORREST WU FEATURED IN GAYLETTER ISSUE 9 PHOTOGRAPHED IN  BROOKLYN, NEW YORK, 2018. PHOTOGRAPHY BY AGUSTIN HERNANDEZ

 

SAHIR PHOTOGRAPHED AT THE GAYLETTER OFFICE IN THE LOWER EAST SIDE, NEW YORK, 2018. PHOTOGRAPHY BY BRIAN VU

 

VANDER VON ODD PHOTOGRAPHED AT TOPSTAR FLORAL, OXNARD, CALIFORNIA, 2018. PHOTOGRAPHY BY KATT FOX

 

 

CHRISTEENE PHOTOGRAPHED IN AUSTIN, TEXAS, 2018. PHOTOGRAPHY BY SLAVA MOGUTIN