Media literacy

Welcome to the LGBTQ + language and media education program


WHY WOULD VideoOut, an LGBTQ + non-profit organization, partner of Men’s health magazine? For me, the answer is crystal clear.

As a kid in the 90s, I remember flipping through the glossy pages, learning more about myself and how the world viewed masculinity. It was, to say the least, an eye-opening education. But I rarely saw myself at the time.

Much has changed over the years. Now when you search for LGBTQ on the Men’s health website, you are taken to a very impressive list of articles, from a disabled gay activist fighting for more inclusive pride, to the most recent LGBTQ + portrayal in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Ironically, like Men’s health evolved over time, so did I.

I’ve always been queer, but I haven’t always had the language to talk about it. I often aspired to be what I saw in the pages of Men’s health. Now I know a lot more about myself and I am learning what it means to be me. It’s so refreshing to see myself reflected in the pages (and on the screen) of Men’s health.

So many people assume that Men’s health is for cisgender, straight and male men only. I’m here to tell you, as a queer non-binary trans human, that’s wrong.

This year, VideoOut launched a phased initiative, The LGBTQ + learning project, with resources that illuminate the intersectional history, culture and lived experiences of the LGBTQ + community. As we developed our first phase, the LGBTQ + Language and Media Education Program,The Google News initiative at supported us every step of the way. Google not only funded the creation of this resource, but also facilitated the introduction between VideoOut and Men’s health. With Polygraph, this group of passionate partners has created something unique in the world.

VideoOut worked with a group of expert linguists from the LGBTQ + community to research the origin, evolution and current use of words and phrases used to talk about queer and trans people. Polygraph has made all of this research interactive in a beautifully designed web tool. And now I couldn’t be more excited about the way Men’s health will contextualize this research, bringing more depth and perspective to words, which range from clinical terminology (like HRT and dysphoria) to niche terms (like dip and Maricón).

It’s about always having the language to talk about yourself and knowing how to use the language to talk about others with respect. Thank you, Men’s health, to amplify such an important tool.


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