In April 2013, publisher Ryan Fitzgibbon created Hello Mr. magazine as a way of exploring the culture of men who date men. Now, after nine issues featuring over 500 contributing writers and artists, Fitzgibbon is publishing the tenth and final issue of Hello Mr.. So let’s take a look in the Hello Mr. final issue to see what we’ll be missing out on when it’s gone.
Fitzgibbon says the Hello Mr. final issue is supposed to provide a nostalgic look at the past, present and future state of the queer media.
As such, it features 27-year-old Years and Years frontman Olly Alexander as a cover model. Just a few months ago Alexander’s band released a video about straight men who have gay sex, and more recently Alexander spoke out against the casual homophobia that runs through the entire music industry.
In the Hello Mr. final issue, Alexander discusses his band’s new album Palo Santo and shares his thoughts on what creating a queer future looks like.
There’s also an interview with openly gay actor Jim Parsons, who talks about “perfecting his craft, hard work and his motivations behind telling impactful queer stories.” Parsons recently starred in the Broadway revival of the gay 1968 drama The Boys in the Band.
The magazine also features lesser known artists sharing their worldviews. Genderqueer writer Jacob Tobia shares their “harrowing tale of navigating the gay world as a genderqueer person,” Fitzgibbon says, while writer Tom Capelonga provides an illustrated overview of 20th century queer pop culture.
And that’s just the start. There are also eye-opening pictorials about The New Pandemics, a queer-only modeling agency providing a platform for queer and trans models and interview pictorials with other queer men that provide intimate insights into strangers you might otherwise pass on the street.
“From the start, Hello Mr. was a space to understand each other better through a deeper understanding of ourselves.” Fitzgibbon says. “This exposure to possibility and of new discoveries has always been the magic of Hello Mr.”
Head here to pick up the Hello Mr. final issue.