The most recent issue of ELIXHER Magazine came together thanks to a stellar team of graphic designers, writers, photographers, and editors. We are able to compensate these talented individuals (who are all working at a discounted rate because they are committed to this work) primarily through the revenue we make at events, which operate as fundraisers and are funneled back into maintaining the website and magazine (crowdfunding, advertising, and sales have not been adequate sources of revenue). We’ve had to use events as a business model to step away from typical models that have worked for white and straight publications (i.e., ads and subscriptions). It’s how we keep our independent baby publication that cost thousands (you read right, thousands) of dollars to produce going. Due to the cost of producing events, we limit the number of complimentary tickets to folks volunteering for the event, people who have let us use their “celebrity” without charge, or offered writing/photographer services at no cost.  It’s not a perfect model but so far it has worked for us while we explore other ways to manage the production costs and ultimately fully compensate our entire team.

We’ve certainly learned the importance of being more publicly transparent about our financial restraints. The challenge sustaining a community resource of quality is that $15-30 tickets are costly for many queer people of color; the cost of the magazine can also be pricey. That is why we will continue to offer free content on our website and explore ticketing options such as a sliding scale, so that more people can access our content, products, and events. We will also continue to create free platforms to engage with our readers like our weekly #ELIXHERTalk on Twitter and support other Black queer entrepreneurs.

We hope that you will attend our issue release party this Friday, May 30 at Galapagos Art Space because it keeps us going and growing. We can’t be better at what we do if we’re not around.

We’re always open to constructive feedback from community members. You can email us info@elixher.com with your suggestions about how we can continue to be a resource and a force for Black queer women. We thank our readers, contributors, and funders for their ongoing support.

Onward and upward,

Kimberley McLeod
ELIXHER Editor-in-Chief/Founder

6 Responses

  1. Hanifah

    Hi Kimberley,

    I appreciate all the hard work I’m sure it takes you and your team to make Elixher happen. The hard work is endless when building a business. But if I can say, this is a customer/staff relation issue that can be rectified with a little humility and public apology. Not one that has you kowtowing or feels a bit empty but acknowledges where the conversation went wrong, your part in it and hopefully void of “poor queer me” rhetoric. Seriously sis, you are a business woman, handle your business before this mishap becomes more than the business can handle. I want Elixher to learn, grow and prosper; we all do. Handle that, from one business woman to another.

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    • ELIXHER

      Hanifah, thank you for the feedback and suggestions. Elixher will be addressing all comments and suggestions by Monday.

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  2. Charla Harlow

    Thank you Kimberley and all of the writers, photographers, graphic designers and volunteers for all the amazing work you are doing. Elixher continues to give a voice to the lesbian, trans, bisexual and queer community. Your work is essential and necessary. No one knows all the blood, sweat and tears that have gone into creating this platform. Thank you for your service to the community. You have my continued support.

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  3. Danielle Moodie-Mills

    Kimberly! I could send you a private email but this is worth saying out loud to everyone… THANK YOU! Thank you for your work, your light, your creativity and your commitment to telling the stories of our diverse and beautiful community. It is because of you that so many stay connected and up-to-date on all the news, artists, and interest of the QWOC community. It is because of your belief that we are indeed VISIBLE that you created Elixher! I believe wholeheartedly in your professionalism, compassion and commitment to community–it’s why I’m so happy and honored to be a contributor and a friend. Continue to do the handwork of telling our stories and sharing your light. Know that when there is rain a rainbow will follow… We look forward to celebrating this weekend!

    Love and Light,
    Danielle

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  4. alice

    if there are money issues at hand, may i submit the following: cost/benefit analysis.

    you *always* take care of those who work with you, especially if you KNOW you’re asking them to do a favor (reduced rates are a favor). they are forever primary. first. no caveats.

    why? in humanity speak, it’s the decent thing to do. in money speak, it costs you a whole lot less in the long run. whichever means more, it’s still the same conclusion. one would hope it’s the former.

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  5. Mark Travis Rivera

    Hello Kimberly,

    First and foremost I want to thank you for all the work you do through ELIXHER! As someone who has worked in the arts non-profits sector for many years, I too, struggled to find a way to make it accessible to my target demographic while finding ways to fund our projects, etc.

    It isn’t as simple or easy as some people would assume. I applaud you and your team for your ongoing efforts and for publishing stories that mostly go ignored in other LGBTQ publications or underreported.

    Your effort is ENOUGH and while there’s always room for growth and improvement, I wanted to send you lots of love, light, and affirmation and share with you this quote:

    “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” ― Theodore Roosevelt

    Looking forward to seeing you on Friday.

    xo

    Mark

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