Last week Phillip Picardi announced on social media that he was concluding his time as editor in chief of OUT magazine, a position he began in mid-2018. Last year, shortly after his first issue of OUT dropped, the then 27 year-old Picardi met with 032c executive editor Victoria Camblin to discuss the history and future of the American LGBTQ magazine, his former role at Teen Vogue during a pivotal time in its evolution, and the function of young voices in digital and print publishing.
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“VC: If anyone’s going to be responsive and evolve what you’re supposed to do in a print context, it’s going to be the people who are innovating online as well. And this kind of weird segregation between the digital and the print media is so boring, first of all. You know, saying print or whatever medium is “dead” has never been my thing. I find it so short sighted and alarmist.
PP: It is alarmist. I think especially to be in print as a queer title is so, so, so important because seeing us at newsstands may make a difference in someone’s life, even if they’re not able to pick up the magazine out of fear of being identified publicly. Seeing it at newsstands matters.
We have to listen to our audience and we have to create content that’s more representative, more diverse in terms of what or whom we cover. A lot of people thought that because I came to Out, that it was only going to be for young people now. For the whole year every issue has to have a multi-generational or inter-generational moment. Those kinds of moments feel really important – we have to make sure that we’re honoring the people who made it possible for us to all have these jobs and to be at this publication at this moment in time.”
READ THE “OUT, NOW” INTERVIEW WITH PICARDI AND OUT FASHION DIRECTOR YASHUA SIMMONS.