After a troubling series of events that have taken place over the past two weeks - from a woman going missing to what was meant to be a peaceful vigil for her, interrupted by police brutality - people need to do better in supporting minority groups and women all over. The nation was more than happy to come together for International Women's Day on 8 March or Mother's Day on 10 May, but when the days in between are concerned, it sometimes feels like equal rights are a distant concept dreamt up by the Suffragettes long ago. This year the UK government also stepped in to cut funding for transgender people, making it even harder to get access to hormones than it already was for most. This is where Gucci's CHIME zine comes in, building on its dedication to support and promote gender equality through the Chime for Change campaign launched in 2013 in collaboration with singer Beyoncé and actress Salma Hayek Pinault, Gucci released the third issue of the vital publication on Tuesday.
Edited by Adam Eli and art directed by visual artist MP5, the issue includes various essays, interviews and artwork highlighting the importance of graphic symbols in social movements - amongst other topics. From covering how the tradition of resistance in Egypt has been upheld for a new generation to mentioning how women and marginalised groups powered Nigeria's #EndSARS movement while also uncovering the women's uprising in Poland. These topics are being faced by women worldwide, and not only are their voices finally being heard but collated together, cross-referencing the importance of the radical queer feminist zine culture of the 1990s and 2000s in the digital age; somehow, we think it all ties in quite nicely.
The limited print edition will be available at the Gucci Garden in Florence, the Gucci Wooster Bookstore and Dashwood Books in New York, with the digital edition available on Gucci Equilibrium.