POSTED: Monday, January 2, 2012 - 6:32pm
UPDATED: Thursday, January 12, 2012 - 2:29pm
An online magazine dedicated to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual Hispanic community is growing in popularity. The publisher of the magazine is an El Paso native who says this magazine is the only of its kind in the nation and one that was needed.
"Fuerte Men" has been around for three months but its publisher, Sidney Alvarez, says it already gets 10,000 to 15,000 hits a day. And he expects the numbers to grow once he adds an iPhone app.
The word "fuerte" means strong in Spanish and Alvarez believes it takes a "strong" individual to overcome adversity. "I established this because I thought there was a void out there in the community. There's not a whole lot of publications or online mediums that address the Hispanic GLBT community," said Alvarez.
We caught up with Alvarez in Downtown El Paso in what is considered the gay club district of the Sun City. He tell us, he and his staff of about a dozen writers focus on topics of interest to the GLBT community. "The world is full of bad stuff, so I wanted to make sure that my particular online magazine had really cool, entertaining, exciting stuff," said Alvarez.
Alvarez says because being gay is a taboo topic in the Hispanic community, he felt there was a strong need for the magazine to provide support. "Just because you're gay or lesbian, you don't have to hide. You don't have to be bullied," he said. "There's some resources out there, whether it's entertainment or information that could help you."
Sidney also adds that although his core audience is gay, the topics that are discussed in the magazine are also useful to anybody. "Whether you're gay, straight, black, white, green, purple, pink, whatever, you can get something from it," said Alvarez.
His goal is to reach as many people globally as possible with "Fuerte Men" and leave those who visit his site feeling good about life. "After reading the stories, leave with a smile, leave with a little bit of information and just understand the best things that there are in life," he said.
Alvarez's next project is "Fuerte Women", a website that will focus on issues in the lesbian community.
For more information on "Fuerte Men" visit www.fuertemen.com .