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5 reasons why you should buy JABR

1. It’s amazing. No seriously. It’s got interviews from some wonderful LGBTQ* initiatives, famous musicians, and did I mention it’s pretty? Really. It is. It’s very aesthetically pleasing. 

2. Three people spent their entire 2012 working on this. Seriously. It was day in day out for 7 months, and to see we’ve only sold 8 copies so far kind of makes us sad. 

3. It’s not done yet! We have great stuff coming up in issue two, but we can’t bring that to you without support! 

4. It’s the 4th of July and what’s more patriotic than supporting an LGBTQ* youth magazine? I mean, that just screams ‘OEEER THE LAND OF THE FREEE, AND THE HOME OF THE BRAAAVE to me. Maybe I’m alone in that. Oh well. Still, seriously…Equal rights are everyone’s rights. LGBTQ* youth have been wanting this zine for a while (we did surveys!) and we can’t get it to anyone without some serious signal boosting!

5. Did I mention it’s really pretty and will help a lot of people? Oh. Well. Can’t hurt to mention it again.


If I’ve convinced you, check out: Magcloud, where you can buy an issue or leaf through the zine!


Just a Bit Radical is live!! is up and running!! The first issue is available for sale, and there’s so much awesome stuff in it…Interviews from Project: OUTThe L ProjectA Note to My Kid,VoltaireArt of TranslinessPink Triangle TheatreJeremiah’s Hope for Kindness…the list goes on. Check it out and grab a copy! Thank you to EVERYONE that helped with this. We wouldn’t be here without you!

JABR is seeking a graphic designer!

JABR is on the hunt for a graphic designer! Must have experience with Adobe InDesign, layout and photo editing, and be able to take direction as part of a group. You will be reporting to our Art Director.

This is a volunteer position that can be used on a resume, and may eventually lead to a paid position within our team.

Email if interested!

A few things you’ll see in issue two of JABR

Just a Bit Radical ( is an LGBTQ+ ‘zine by the people for the people, so to speak. We encompass every letter of the Alphabet, and here’s some things you can look forward to in our second issue: the lovely and talented Sam is going to be doing an interview for us in issue two of Just a Bit Radical. Excited? So are we! ♥ ♥ You might know Sam from his amazing Genderbread Person that went viral on Tumblr:

Also, an interview with April Ashley, an amazing woman and a pioneer of MtF/trans* rights. We’re so humbled to be speaking to her, we can’t even begin to tell you all. If you want to learn more about April before the ‘zine goes live, visit—

We’re also going to be talking with the founder of the Genderreel Film Festival, a trans*/gender-variant/etc. film fest in Philadelphia. — Know some filmmakers that have made a work about trans* issues? They’re looking for submissions, so drop it like it’s hot!

Another thing you’ll be seeing are Q&A’s from and …If you know someone who wants to write an article or submit artwork/photography to us, let us know! Submissions for issue two are open until August!


Just a quick note!

JABR’s website goes live at the end of the month! The ‘zine will also be available for digital purchase and print-on-demand at that time! Yay!! Thank you all for the support, time, PR, shoutouts, donations, and love! We’re so excited to be bringing the ‘zine to you soon!

Just a Bit Radical Issue Two

Do you know of a great LGBTQ project that you think would fit in our second issue? Do you have something to say about LGBT issues that you have to get off your chest? Leave a comment here if so. We’re looking for possible features and articles for issue two of Just a Bit Radical!

As always, the Kickstarter is still running and we need your help to bring issue one (and more!) to print and help us get webspace:

Donate today if you can, or spread the word! Every little bit helps!

Just a Bit Radical on Kickstarter

19 days, yes I said NINETEEN–to get Just a Bit Radical funded. Please donate if you can, or reblog this post to help us spread awareness. We have a long way to go, but we’ve seen some Kickstarter miracles and we’d like to be one of them.

Help us give queer youth a much needed voice! Donate and spread the word today!


Just a Bit Radical – Press Release


For Immediate Release


New Publication Will Give Vulnerable Population A Way to Be Heard

According to statistics provided by the Youth Suicide Prevention Program, over 50 percent of trans* individuals will attempt suicide before they turn 20. Just a Bit Radical magazine editor and founder Catherine Oliver believes that having a publication to read or contribute to, where youth voices are heard and respected, can help make a difference in these numbers. JABR hopes to provide lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, and asexual (LGBTQQIA) youth and their allies ages 13 to 30 with a publication that discusses ideas and issues that are important to them.

“I decided to start Just a Bit Radical because I was tired of seeing the suicides of LGBT youth every time I turned around,” says Oliver. “I was tired of seeing every magazine only cater to one part of the LGBT spectrum and never include youth. I also am alarmed at the lack of transgender representation in print. Being genderqueer myself, I think that having a positive trans* voice in print and digital media is important. Transgender, gender-nonconforming, and gender-variant kids need to know there are others like them. In the media they should be portrayed normally, just like everyone else. Just a Bit Radical is designed to be that place, just as its name states, a little radical—forward-thinking, bold, and edgy.”

Just a Bit Radical is a submission-based, non-content-censoring publication for LGBTQQIA youth and their allies. Founded in 2012, the magazine strives to increase positive awareness of LGBTQQIA youth in media and in print. The team includes Catherine Oliver, art director A. Elizabeth Yeterian, in-house cartoonist Juli Meyers, and graphic designer April French.

If you would like more information on our project’s goals and mission, or you would like to contribute, please visit: or email Catherine Oliver at

32 days left!

Donate to our Kickstarter today, and help us spread the word!

Thank you for all the support!

–Team JABR

We’re in the Huffington Post!!

Check it out, everyone! Thanks so much for all your support! Tell your friends! Together, we can help raise the Kickstarter funding to bring the magazine to print and help so many people that need it.

We love you all—