How a Magazine Became a Driving Vehicle of Gay Liberation in Spain

How a Magazine Became a Driving Vehicle of Gay Liberation in Spain

If it hadn’t been Zero, it would have happened elsewhere, because to tell you the truth, I was sick and tired of the homophobic manifestations by the Catholic leadership. But I might have waited longer. In any case, I do not regret it. On the contrary: I continue to thank God for having made me gay, and for wanting me to complete his plan of salvation as a gay man.” – gay Catholic priest José Mantero talked to Blabbeando about coming out in the unfortunately now-shuttered Zero magazine from Spain. “Thank God I’m Gay,” read the headline.

[Publisher Miguel Angel] Lopez, who admits Zero had been launched twelve years ago following the prototype set by U.S. magazine Out, had criticized the US counterpart in an interview… last year. Out, he said then, ‘never reached a situation in which it was anywhere near to achieving something in political terms; they allowed themselves to be carried away by commercial interests, beyond activism.’

And that is exactly what made Zero so great. Sure, they had the puff pieces and fashion spreads, but they also ran in-depth articles on transgender rights, immigration issues, and gay life in Spain and elswehere. Among their most controversial articles was a cover piece on the coming out of the Catholic Reverend José Mantero.” – Andrés Duque, Blabbeando blogger, wrote a cohesive obituary when Zero  founders announced the closure of the magazine in 2009.

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