Welcome to the LGBTQ+ Language and Media Literacy Program

WHY WOULD VideoOut, an LGBTQ+ non-profit organization, partners with men’s health magazine? For me, the answer is clear.

When I was a kid in the 90s, I remember flipping through the glossy pages, learning about myself and how the world viewed masculinity. It was, to say the least, an eye-opening education. But I rarely saw myself back then.

Many things have changed over the years. Now when you search for LGBTQ on the men’s health website, you’re taken to a very impressive list of articles, from a disabled queer activist fighting for more inclusive pride to the most recent LGBTQ+ representation in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Ironically, as men’s health evolved over time, so did I.

I’ve always been queer, but I haven’t always had the language to talk about it. I often aspired to be what I saw on the pages of men’s health. Now I know a lot more about myself and I’m learning what it means to be me. It’s so refreshing to see myself reflected in the pages (and on screen) of men’s health.

So many people assume that men’s health is for cisgender, heterosexual, and masculine men only. I’m here to tell you, as a queer non-binary trans human, that’s wrong.

This year, VideoOut launched a multi-phase initiative, The LGBTQ+ Learning Project, with resources that illuminate the history, culture, and intersectional lived experiences of the LGBTQ+ community. As we developed our first phase – the LGBTQ+ language and media education programThe Google News initiative has supported us every step of the way. Google not only funded the creation of this resource, but they also facilitated the introduction between VideoOut and men’s health. With Polygraph, this group of passionate partners has created something unique in the world.

VideoOut worked with a group of expert linguists from the LGBTQ+ community to research the origin, evolution, and current usage of words and phrases used to refer to queer and trans people. Polygraph has made all of this research interactive in a beautifully designed web tool. And now I couldn’t be more excited about how men’s health will contextualize this research, bringing more depth and perspective to words, which range from clinical terminology (like HRT and dysphoria) to niche terms (like dip and Maricón).

It’s about always having the language to talk about yourself and knowing how to use the language to talk about others with respect. Thanks, men’s healthto amplify such an important tool.


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