Ten Years of Talking Back: Pike Krpan
Illustration: Erin McPhee
In honour of our ten-year anniversary, we spoke with ten different people in the Shameless community, past and present. Today, former writer, blogger and editor Pike Krpan shares why Shameless is important and why Shameless needs your support.
Want to take part in our community and support our work? Check out our list of ten ways to support Shameless: http://shamelessmag.com/blog/entry/10-things-you-can-do-to-support-shameless.
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Hi. My name is Pike Krpan and I got involved with Shameless in 2004. I remember being so excited that we were publishing stories on topics like trans women in sport, youth living without status in Canada, and wearing the Keffiyeh as more than a fashion statement. No other magazine at the time was writing stories about those issues.
The two years that I spent as a writer, blogger and editor at Shameless really changed my world. I got to see what it meant to put women of colour at the forefront of our magazine, from the way we communicated with each other, to the stories that we published, to the way that we allocated funding and development. And I made friendships and allyships that have held to this day.
I know that Shameless continues to provide this kind of experience for young women today, and it’s not often that an independent magazine for young women turns ten. So, Happy Birthday Shameless, and you can give a gift to Shameless. Please consider supporting a little magazine that does so much to broaden the cultural and political landscape for young women in Canada.
- Transcribed by Acacia Christensen