Date: Sun, 17 Nov 2002 15:52:57 -0800 (PST)

xy Reaches Out to Gay Teens

Irvine -- Coming out as a teenager is getting easier.

One reason: the existence of and the magazine xy.

We chat with Peter Ian Cummings, the creator and publisher of xy, on the KUCI public affairs program, Subversity, on Tuesday, Novmber 19, 2002 from 4-5 p.m. on 88.9 fm in Orange County, California, and via the Web on

Cummings, a former European editor for the Advocate, decided to start this best-selling magazine after finding out his first boyfriend, whom he met at age 15, had killed himself. The magazine is known for its portraits of adolescent boys of all races, as well as snapshots submitted by teen readers. It also runs poignant essays on coming out, and tackles issues mainstream and corporate gay media refuse to touch, such as racism within the gay community, the commodification of gay culture, advertisers' exploitation of the gay market, and the need for a more realistic age of consent. Originally based in the Castro district of San Francisco, it is now published from San Diego.

The magazine itself even made a cameo appearance in a gay teen indie film shot in Hong Kong, Kit Hung's "I Am Not What You Want" ("Angel" in Chinese), which hit the 10 best vcd charts in hk when it was released in June.

xy has provided a lifeline to many youths coming out around the world.

Cummings is interviewed by Dan Tsang, host of Subversity.

To chat with our guest, call 949 824-5824 during the show, or send e-mail to



click on About xy and then Press Room for articles about xy.

I Am Not What You Want


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