We wanted to choose a name which indicates our key intention: to build community for women, specifically for lesbians*, hence the letter L. Since it has been important for us from the start to address both Hungarians and foreigners, "clit" seemed like an obvious match. In addition to capitalizing the L, we added another twist by changing the "c" to "q", thus underlining our connection to the queer community as well.
So the name of the magazine, qLit (pronounced as "clit"), was born.
But what is qLit?
The Hungarian lesbian* magazine. Community, information, entertainment, worldview and life in the lesbian* way. The asterix (*) after the word “lesbian” is because our stories are aimed not exclusively to lesbians but to all women loving women (WLW).
We believe that our articles help today’s LGBTQ+ women and girls to lay fresh eyes on things surrounding them.
Just like the lesbian* community, our team is also diverse. Among us you can find marketing experts, graphic designers, copywriters, translators, architects, researcher, artists, IT experts and so. However, one thing definitely bonds us together: we all are open people who like to think and are eager to create. We believe that it is worth talking openly about topics that concern all of us, and we have faith in our readers who are partners in this conversation.
Dorka works in the communication and media industry, mainly online, at the creative department of a big media agency. She first dived into Hungary’s LGBTQ+ life in 2011-12 when working on organizing the EuroGames Budapest 2012. At that time she built strong connections with the Hungarian LGBTQ+ organizations and party organizers and she’s been following their works ever since.
Originally qLit was Dorka’s and Eni’s dream and so they are the founders of the magazine. Dorka coordinates the editorial staff together with Ágota and Boki, and she is continuously working on laying the foundation for the long life of qLit, together with Eni and Anna.
The most important is, however, that she is the one holding the team together.
Eni is an architect, who has been working as a designer at industrial building constructions lately. By the way she’s been playing soccer, more or less seriously, for 20 years now. She is fond of travelling, getting into photography and one fun fact about her: she is studying Czech. She was also a EuroGames organizer in 2011-12, her task was to organize and coordinate the soccer tournament with some 300 participants, and before the event she was responsible for the communication with the players from all over Europe.
Eni is also one of the founders of qLit. She is responsible for qLit’s image and website and it is her job to make it even better. If you spot a qLit T-shirt, sticker, banner, business card, you should know that they all came from her computer.
Anna, with degrees in linguistics, lives her life in the researcher-teacher-translator triangle, but lately she has also gained experience in marketing and communication. When she is not working or travelling, she plays soccer, climbs rocks, rides her bike, hikes or jumps/runs/exercises/kicks in some other way. Anna also participated in organizing EuroGames Budapest, but she has known Eni from the soccer community much long before. After getting back to Hungary from Philadelphia, where she was conducting research, she started Hungary’s first LGBTQ wall painting project. We are cheering for her on that!
Her main task at qLit is project management and strategy planning. She is responsible for the teamwork on how to make qLit a long term, significant inspiration in Hungary’s L* life.
Ágota moved to Budapest from a small rural town, and as she refers to it was one of the best decisions in her life. You can often see her at LGBTQ+ programs, not only as a spectator. She works in nature and environment protection, but she prefers to talk about her poems and short stories.
Her main task within qLit is coordinating the editorial workflow. She is one of the responsibles for cooperating with the authors how to make an article draft to a final article. And sometimes she also writes for the magazine herself.
Ági Bokor Boki
Boki works as a copy and speech writer, and she is a big improvisation fan. She is part of Budapest’s improvisation life as a spectator, actor and trainer, too. Boki is from Szigetköz who has never ever paddled on Mosoni Danube, but she rides along Budapest by bike whenever she can.
She coordinates the editorial work in qLit with Ágota and Dorka. She also writes articles, but her most important job is to make the article drafts from authors evolve to what you can read in our magazine.
After finishing the university, Ibolya started off and didn’t stop until she reached Island. She’s been living there and in Germany ever since and has coordinated the social media channels of several companies and organizations. She recently went back to school to study ecotourism at Reykjavík University. She spends as much of her free-time in the nature as she can, she loves hiking and travelling.
Since joining our team, qLit’s Facebook page became much better. Besides managing our Facebook feed, Ibolya translated several articles of qLit from Hungarian to English.
Julis majored in the English with theoretical linguistics minor. Since then, she has been working at translation companies as project manager, language engineer and general IT person (the official name of the position is “Julis, it’s not working!”).
She is an absolute fan of television series. Watching them, writing, reading about them, listening to podcasts about them, analyzing and possibly overthinking them. She is one trustworthy source if we have any questions regarding series. Julis has a blogger past, so we can say that her mind has been always driven by content consumption and production. At qLit, we use this interest of her and we also win from her experience in translating: she also translated several articles into English.
Katt Kati Kovács
Katt’s nickname comes from her photographer past. Since then she has been working on lots of stuff, for example every kind of graphic tasks from designing leaflets to html building, event organization, managing online advertisements and other online campaigns. She loves transport, huge machines and industrial buildings. She loses herself in strange light sources and concrete design objects.
Katt has diverse tasks at qLit, too. One of these is that she is our photographer at events, another one is editing the articles into their final appearance at the website.
Marcsi majored in communication, then CEU gender studies, and during her university years she worked as a publicist and at several other positions. She has been working as a journalist since the age of 16; for Hungarian and foreign weekly papers like Hungarian Orange (Magyar Narancs), New Europe and American Hungarian Journal. She has experience in working at almost every Hungarian LGBTQ organization. To name a few: she used to be the media representative of Budapest Pride for several years, her job was to strengthen the national communication at EuroGames, later it was her responsibility to start and organize LGBT History Month of Háttér.
As she gets inspiration from new things and exploring the depth of life, recently she has been getting closer to theoretical physics and cosmology, however, she doesn’t neglect her long interest in politics and social sciences. At qLit she uses her writing skills the most, we can read her articles from time to time.
Zsófi got her degree in animation at Metropolitan University. She works as a freelance graphic designer and is trying to find out how to break into the illustrator profession, which she has been preparing for since the age of 3. QLit is not the first occasion she gets in the service of an LGBTQ+ organization, she was also a volunteer at the many times mentioned EuroGames Budapest. Fun facts: cat lover (follow @csaszarzsomle instagram!) and she finished the Vienna Half Marathon this spring.
Zsófi makes us happy with her illustrations, for example qLit’s own graphics of OUTober are thanks to her creativity and style.
Daniella has an economist past, but after finishing her master’s degree she moved to a field promising a much more glamorous future: literature. Currently she is doing her PhD in Boston in contemporary American literature. Besides the US she has lived in other foreign countries, too, for example she stayed for a longer time in Switzerland. She likes to think and philosophize on questions of society, arts and economy (the works of Michel Foucault made her an incurable society critic). She has a special interest in experimental theater.
At qLit we can read her articles mainly in the topics of society, literature and culture.
And the above list is continuously getting longer and longer.
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