Archer Magazine's Amy Middleton receives Honour Award nomination
With her magazine Archer, Amy Middleton is bringing issues and stories of diverse sexuality and gender identity to the fore – an achievement that has garnered her a nomination in media for an Honour Award.
You might say journalism is in Amy Middleton’s blood. The founder of queer magazine, Archer, comes from a long line of ‘media-types’.
“My dad is a journalist, my mum is a photographer – they had their own media company when I was a kid,” Middleton tells SX. “Their friends were artists, media-types, creatives. My sister was an actor, then a designer – so we’re all heavily immersed in the arts”
Despite this, Middleton said she initially rebelled from a career in journalism, studying creative writing at UTS instead. However when she finished university, her first port of call was as an online assistant for The Bulletin. “The defiance didn’t last long,” she laughs.
Several years down the track and Middleton started her own successful publication, Archer. Published biannually, the print edition chronicles sexuality and gender in an intelligent and interesting fashion.
“I desperately wanted to write about what I was most passionate about,” Middleton explains. “If there had been an obvious, highly intelligent media outlet for issues of sexual equality, diverse sexuality and gender identity, I probably would have just joined their ranks. But there wasn’t one. So I thought I’d better step up to the plate, so to speak.”
She described Archer as Australia’s first magazine about sexuality and gender that is for everyone.
“[It’s] not restricted to the gay community, the lesbian community, the straight community, the trans community... Archer emphasises the universal truth that sex and gender are complicated and fascinating for all of us – from the prudish to the promiscuous. I think recognising that fact will be a big step towards equality.”
She suggested Archer had such a big impact with the community because people are desperate to read about their relationships to sex and gender.
“We’re fascinated, and the most interesting thing about this area is that society is in the midst of shifting its attitudes around these issues. Moreover, many of us as individuals are still developing our thinking on it. So it’s a pretty exciting time.”
Middleton described her nomination for an Honour Award as immensely important and says having recognition from her LGBTIQ peers proves Archer was reaching the right audience.
“We’re not doing our job well if we don’t have credibility within the LGBTIQ community. We connect with individuals from the community regularly, to check in and see whether we’re representing as effectively and compassionately as we can. Of course, you can never please everyone, but positive feedback is among the most important ways we can rate our success.”
[Top image] Honour Award nominee Amy Middleton.
Find out more about Archer Magazine here
KNOW A MEDIA/ARTS/ENTERTAINMENT LGBTI HERO?
Nominations are now open for the 2014 Honour Awards, an event that recognises people and organisations whose work and achievements have made a difference to the lives of people in the LGBTI community in NSW.
Nominations can be submitted in categories covering the business, health, education, community, legal, political, youth, media, arts and cultural sectors.
Nominations close August 27.
The awards will be presented at a gala ceremony at The Ivy Ballroom on Wednesday, September 7.
To nominate, visit the Honour Awards website here.