$541
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backers
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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Mon, September 9 2019 2:00 AM UTC +00:00.

$541
pledged of $500pledged of $500 goal
14
backers
19days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Mon, September 9 2019 2:00 AM UTC +00:00.

About

OLAR is the first trilingual LGBTQIA zine in the Republic of Qazaqstan (also known as Kazakhstan). Launched in 2019, the zine is published in both print and digital format twice a year in Qazaq, Russian, and English.

Issues are distributed free-of-charge throughout Qazaqstan, and free, digital copies are available online in Qazaq and Russian.

After decades of criminalisation under the Soviet Union, homosexuality was legalized in Qazaqstan in 1997. However, LGBTQIA individuals are not legally protected from discrimination, and they are barred from marrying, raising children, and serving in the military.

They are largely isolated from one another, as few are brave enough to speak openly about their gender identity/sexual orientation, while those who are face many obstacles to finding and building community.


Members of the LGBTQIA community in Qazaqstan live in constant threat of danger to their physical and mental wellbeing, and most are forced to hide their true sexual and gender identities in order to avoid unemployment, familial abandonment, and public humiliation.

Nevertheless, societal and systemic oppression hasn't stopped them from leading lives full of passion and creativity.


OLAR aims to shine a much-needed spotlight on the creative and cultural lives of LGBTQIA Qazaqstanis.

The zine provides an accessible, anonymous (if desired) platform for LGBTQIA individuals to share their work, educate allies and other groups within the community, and broadcast the realities of their lives to the global community.

OLAR features:

  • Photography, illustration, and other visual arts
  • Interviews and informative articles
  • Essays and prose
  • Poetry and more

OLAR is proud to offer our international supporters the opportunity to experience the creativity of the Qazaqstani LGBTQIA community firsthand.

In return for your generous contribution, you will receive a copy of Issue #1, published in English, as well as an invitation to our Almaty launch party and a spot on our credits page.

Although OLAR will always be freely accessible to the Qaqstani community in digital format, print is the only medium which can sufficiently showcase the work of our artists, while also guaranteeing unmonitored, anonymous distribution among our readers.

If we surpass our funding goal of $500, we'll be able to increase our circulation and pay our contributors, ensuring that OLAR is available to all and features the best content that the community has to offer.

Risks and challenges

The only major risk we face is in printing and distribution within Qazaqstan, as attention from the wrong, homophobic entities could threaten our scope and anonymity. Our international supporters, however, should be unaffected by these issues.

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    Keep OLAR close with a print copy of the zine, our collection of limited edition stickers, and a commemorative A4 print from one of our Qazaqstani artists.

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