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The first issue of Our Lives appeared dated July/August 2007 printed on glossy magazine stock and in convenient pocket size- but by the second issue had already expanded to the larger, traditional news-magazine size. The magazine is Madison-based and focuses almost exclusively on the Dane County LGBT enclave, unlike most other LGBT periodicals which at least made an attempt to be more state-wide in coverage. As a result, the magazine was initially seldom found outside of Madison. (But then, that initial limited focus and distribution may be a formula for success, as every start-up periodical has trouble being financially viable.)
By late 2009 and early 2010, the magazine began to become more readily available in other areas of the state, featuring more broad ranging articles, news, and activity calendars- although still primarily Madison and Dane County focused.
The Mission Statement, as published in an early issue, reads:
Our mission is to clearly, candidly and openly reflect the diversity and optimism in our community. We are dedicated to improving our readers’ quality of life by celebrating the people, establishments and events that encourage us to embrace our identities as individuals and as an LGBTQA community.
Our goal is to deliver each story, identity and person regardless of notoriety or lack thereof. We aim to demonstrate how we overcome obstacles on a day-to-day basis. The progress our community has made is undeniable and the applause deserved is what we intend to provide.
Credits: covers reprinted by permission of the publisher;
concept and design by Don Schwamb.
Last updated: July-2010.