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Zines @ The CLP Teen GSA

I first posted almost a whole year ago about the new CLP Teen Gay Straight Alliance here at Main, and I’m proud to say now that the GSA is a larger, more vital, and more active group than we were last year, which is saying something!

As we enter our second year, the CLP Teen GSA has many new projects and opportunities on the horizon, including a zine-making project with The Warhol Museum.

Some of you may be asking, What’s a zine?

Here is a handy zine definition, straight from CLP’s First Floor website:

From Papercut Zine Library in Boston:
A zine can be loosely defined as an underground publication that is independently produced and self-published, typically photocopied. People make zines out if a desire to share stories, knowledge, thoughts, opinions, and experiences. Zines are made for love, not for profit.

From the Sally Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture:
Zines are not easily defined. They can be a messy hodgepodge of personal thoughts or an expertly designed political treatise. They can fit easily into a pocket or take up an entire 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of paper. They can be heavily collaged or minimalist; colored or black-and-white; handwritten or typed; stapled, sewn, or loose. The unifying thread is their outside-of-the-mainstream existence as independently written, produced, and distributed media that value freedom of expression and freedom from rules above all else.

Recently, the Warhol has been working with other local GSAs to create an entirely teen-produced zine, called Swishy.  Every member of participating GSAs write or draw their own, personally designed page of the zine and then the group comes together to copy and bind the pages, and silk-screen a beautiful cover.

The CLP Teen GSA will be gathering to produce a new issue of Swishy, themed on celebrity, on Tuesday, March 26 at 5:00 pm in the CLP- Main Teen Meeting Room.

If you are interested in helping the GSA to produce this issue of Swishy, stop on by!

If you are very interested or even mildly curious about the GSA, stop by our next meeting, TODAY, from 5:00 – 6:00 pm also, in the CLP- Main Teen Meeting Room.  We meet on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month!

If you are interested in learning more about zines, check out the CLP First Floor Zine Collection.

Also, be sure to check out these handy links on zines and the following books in our collection:



See you there!

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