In 2015, VICE launched Broadly, a website dedicated to covering gender and identity. Now, all the stories that touch these important issues will live on VICE.com. Bringing Broadly onto VICE means that what Broadly stands for, the issues it fights for, and the worldview it explores will not only continue, but will be amplified further.
Below are some of our favorite Broadly initiatives—which you'll now see many more of on VICE.com.
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Whether the issue was reproductive health, LGBTQ rights, or weed, we put the people and communities impacted most at the center of our stories. Some of our favorite features are deep dives into topics that alarmed and intrigued us, like anti-abortion terrorism or the making of the Spice Girls movie.
Astrology is a millennia-old study and worldview that can often feel inaccessible or trivialized. We worked to make its lessons inclusive through our daily, weekly, and monthly horoscopes that explained planetary alignments with expertise. These are now available for everyone—novice or seasoned mystic—to enjoy on VICE.com.
In collaboration with VICE.com, we created a stock photo library featuring nearly 200 images of trans and non-binary models that go beyond the clichés. This collection is available to the media for free, and aims to help the industry better represent members of these communities as people not necessarily defined by their gender identities.
Our Sunday newsletter tracks the specific ways we go about improving our days. Every week, a new contributor shares an essay about a strategy they employ to feel better, alongside annotations from members of Sad Girls Club, a community that focuses on mental health.
We are committed to rewriting biased histories and recalling the lives of important women, non-binary, and queer people who have been otherwise erased from the history books. In columns like Myth Understood and History Of, we dove into the untold origins and lives of feudal Japan's women samurai, the tradition of wearing eyeliner, and icons like Eartha Kitt and Bessie Stringfield, among many others.
Queerly Beloved is a multifaceted portrait of LGBTQ chosen family—the people who help us figure out who we are and how to live as our most authentic selves. Co-hosted by our editor Sarah Burke and Fran Tirado of the queer podcast Food 4 Thot, the first season of Queerly Beloved tells five intimate stories of incredible, unlikely, and extremely queer relationships. It was nominated for the ASME Award in Podcasting.
My First Time explores sexuality, gender, and kink with the wide-eyed curiosity of a virgin. Over four seasons, we've heard from asexual people, STI activists, erotica writers, and shibari masters about their love, sex, and dating lives. Along the way, we won a Lovie Award, were nominated for a British Podcast Award, and learned a lot about what you get up to between the sheets.
Our videos allowed us to travel the world and bring to life the stories we felt others should see, feel, and hear. We found ourselves casting love spells with witches in Romania, meeting with virgins at a bride market in Bulgaria, dancing in a women-only village in Kenya, and considering the phallus at a penis festival in Japan.
This growing oral history archive captures the stories of transgender forebears and pioneers. This first installment features the lives of 13 transgender women whose stories cover topics such as growing up transgender in the American South in the 50s, partying at Studio 54 in the 70s, surviving via sex work over several decades, and flourishing despite traumatic abuse and frequent discrimination. Expect more oral histories to come on VICE.com.
In this issue of VICE Magazine, we explored how the digital world can inform our identities and how we portray our private and public selves. Through personal narratives and photo essays, we explored experiences at the intersection of the digital and the corporeal. Stories included experiences with chronic illness and the internet, grieving digitally, and escaping your body through avatars.
We partnered with artists niv Acosta and Fannie Sosa to create an issue of Black Power Naps magazine, which interrogated the equity of sleep and promoted rest and leisure for people of color—particularly Black, indigenous, and migrant people, as well as queer and trans people of color. The print magazine was available for free at Performance Space New York throughout the run of Black Power Naps art show, and all its stories can be read on VICE.com.
In a year-long campaign, Broadly explored stalking and domestic abuse in the UK. Through a mix of investigations, video, and interactive journalism, the initiative supported calls from UK anti-stalking charity Paladin to introduce a Stalkers Register. Unfollow Me was nominated in the Amnesty International Media Awards, the British Media Awards, and The Drum Awards.
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