8$: Daniel Magazine, Redefining the Gay Asian Male

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8A-2013-11-10-DanielMagazineMockUpWHO: Christopher Vee

WHAT: Kickstarter project: Daniel Magazine: A new publication for the strong, driven gay Asian male launching nationally in print and internationally on web.

WHEN: Deadline to contribute is Wednesday Nov 13, 12:10am PST.

WHY:  Why is it important?
The gay society, specifically the gay Asian community, is in dire need of some identity. The gay Asian community is littered with stereotypes, no visible role models, no identity, and subject to a lot of prejudices. It’s important that leaders within our community are highlighted to encourage people within and outside of the gay Asian community to acknowledge the strength of the gay Asian community. There are over 18 million Asians in America and it’s safe to say there’s a healthy amount of gays within that demographic. This community will only grow with time and now is the perfect time to embrace the moment.

Why DANIEL as a name for the magazine?
We define a “Daniel” as a strong, driven gay Asian male that inspires and encourages through the work that he does and the life that he lives. Giving the magazine a human name instead of an adjective or verb brings the magazine to life with its own identity. By giving the magazine a human name, we’re able to mold it with qualities and characteristics as if it were a human being. DANIEL is set to have it’s own personality, it’s own drive, it’s own life. Words such as ambitious, strong, driven, intelligent are all reflected in this magazine. By also giving it a name, we stand out from other magazines as well. We will also create the “DANIEL” name as a title to be coveted. Who will be the next DANIEL? Who is next edition’s DANIEL? Each DANIEL will be a person who we see as a gay Asian gentleman that embodies the qualities of an outstanding individual.

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