Hello Mr. Issue 4 is out now. We are excited to announce our fourth issue of Hello Mr. and introduce you to our new cover mister, Saeed Jones, photographed by Michael George. Saeed’s new book of poetry, Prelude to Bruise, investigates race, sexuality, and his escape from the South. Only after he left for the metropolitan solace of New York City, where he is the LGBT editor at Buzzfeed, did he abruptly realize that digging up his past was his best way forward. Embracing our histories became a recurring theme in this issue. We reflect on the effects of the classroom through the eyes of two gay educators, one new, the other recently retired.
We witness a young man meeting his estranged uncle, musician John Grant, who was disassociated from their family almost 20 years ago and how that experience motivated him to pursue his dream, which now includes collaborations with Sinead O’Connor, Hercules & Love Affair, and music in the acclaimed film Weekend. Similarly, London-based fashion designer Bobby Abley, fled his hometown to explore his passion. Ironically, drawing from childhood classics like The Little Mermaid, his Disney-inspired collections have now become a staple to his identity.
Now matter what our relationship with the past, it is the foundation for who we are. In many ways, this fourth issue marks a return to our roots. In less than two years, Hello Mr. has expanded and evolved in many incredible ways. Through it all, we are constantly considering the mission we set forth to achieve and ultimately how our growth is serving you. It still feels like we’re just beginning, and seeing another issue added to the collections on your coffee tables and nightstands is motivation to continue building and moving forward.
Hello Mr. magazine is a publication about men who date men. it’s the overdue response to the unending clichés that surround current gay lifestyle publications. Rather than pushing agendas or perfecting appearances, it’s about relevant material for a misrepresented generation with an evolved range of interests. a chronicle of everyday life, and the narratives which define it. Hello Mr., originally funded on Kickstarter.com, is published twice a year, each issue will contain written and visual contributions from discerning individuals around the globe. An inclusive and informal approach that makes hello mr. something you can’t help wanting to get to know. and given we uphold the following simple attributes, we hope hello mr. is something you can’t help knowing you’re already a part of.