Colby Anderson and Ernest Macias. The Founders and Co – Editors of BRUNCH CLUB, the mag they describe as a fucking force in the the current political climate. “Queer & Hungry,” Colby and Ernest discuss the future of BRUNCH CLUB and what Erza Miller and Shawn Mendes have in common.
“We’re very queer and also hungry for meaningful content that speaks to us and offers something more than what queer centric media has been feeding us.”
YOUTH and ROLEMODELS
How was your youth, did you have a role model growing up?
Colby Anderson: Growing up in a mostly white, christian, small town, my youth was nothing short of confusing. It’s a very hard situation when you feel you don’t connect with anyone in your town, at the same time you’re trying to connect with yourself. But I made it! I’m here! My grandma has always been my role model. I grew up watching her take care of elderly people in their homes. I don’t know anyone else as loving, and giving as her. Her energy is beautiful.
Ernest Macias: My childhood wasn’t the most ordinary – we moved around a lot, mainly in the south New Mexico, Arizona, Mexico and ultimately Texas. Because I was the older brother under a single mother household I had to mature faster than most kids my age and help my mom with my younger brother. I experienced a lot of bullying growing up and it was difficult coming to terms with myself and my sexuality. My role model has always been my mother. I grew up watching her overcome many obstacles – an abusive relationship, raising two kids alone and much more. My mother taught me how to be strong, respectful, loving and proud.
Who was your first crush and who is your pipe dream boyfriend?
CA: I have this memory of sitting on some boy’s lap in Catholic school… so I guess he was my first crush?? I have this schoolgirl crush on Shawn Mendes and I don’t wanna talk about it.
EM: My earliest memory of a crush was in elementary school, he was a blonde boy with big bright eyes. I forgot his name now but he was one of the few kids that was nice to me and didn’t judge me. My pipe dream boyfriend? That’s a tough one but if I had to choose someone, it would be Ezra Miller.
What was your relationship with queer culture growing up?
CA: I didn’t have a relationship with queer culture until I moved to New York. I did theatre in high school which is, (if it counts), as queer as it got for me.
EM: Contact with queer culture was very limited for me growing up, I had to do a lot of in the dark worship and adoration. I was allowed to take dancing and acting classes, which allowed me to nurture my queerness without knowingly doing so. As I grow up my relationship with queer culture continues to develop and since I moved to NYC that relationship continues to evolve and grow.
What advice would you give to your adolescent self?
CA: I would tell my adolescent self to stop fucking crying all the time because you’re cute. BE STRONG SIS.
EM: Be strong but also allow yourself to feel and cry when you need to, but never forget that no matter how hard it gets – it eventually gets better and you’ll learn to love yourself.
The question you would most like to ask others?
CA: What makes you feel most human?
EM: Which emotions scares you the most?
“We aspire to create a publication and community for our queer family that also empowers and elevates queer people of color.”
Can you tell us about BRUNCH CLUB. What aspirations did you have for it and where did the name come from?
BRUNCH CLUB is the queer community we wish we had growing up as small town queer boys from Texas. The name came from a silly instagram photo caption, but soon evolved into something much more than that. We aspire to create a publication and community for our queer family that also empowers and elevates queer people of color.
How does BRUNCH CLUB address the polarisation in the US fulled by Trump?
BRUNCH CLUB addresses this situation by just being. Most of the work in our first issue is contributed from queer people of color. We think creating a publication that lifts up QPOC voices that is also created by QPOC is a fucking force.
BRUNCH CLUB is one of the ripest new independent zines launched this year. What has the reaction been to the mag and what can readers expect from Issue 01?
We’ve had a ton of great reactions to our first issue! We were nervous during production, wondering how people would react to it, but for the most part we’ve heard great things. A memorable reaction that we received for our first issue was how we were able to highlight intimacy and connection without fetishizing. We own our bodies, not the media.
Readers can expect to see a lot more celebration and representation of QPOC – we want to allow our fellow queers to create and share their stories in a beautiful way.
What do you look for in an artist, opinion or creative project when selecting content for the mag?
During our residency with Hello Mr, our first issue was literally curated / designed / edited in eight weeks. Which is no time compared to how much time we would have on a regular publishing calendar. For issue 00, our contributors were mostly friends, and close connections. We love finding up and coming artists / writers through social media. Giving a spotlight to queer artists especially QPOC artists is something we plan to continue to do.
A quote to best describe BRUNCH CLUB’s philosophy?
“Queer & Hungry”, we feel like it perfectly describes our philosophy. We’re very queer and also hungry for meaningful content that speaks to us and offers something more than what queer centric media has been feeding us.
“I would tell my adolescent self to stop fucking crying all the time because you’re cute. BE STRONG SIS.”
What have you learnt about yourself this year?
CA: 2017 was such a growth year for me in every way. This will sound so cliche, but a huge thing I learned was to honestly never give up. Your drive will take you places.
EM: The past year has been truly transformative. I feel that even though the year was quite hectic and somber, it brought out a side of me that I didn’t know I had – one that is courageous, fearless and relentless. I also learned that I am talented and powerful.
Are there any young creatives that make you excited for the future?
CA: There are definitely a few young creatives that we’ve discovered through Instagram who we would love to work with in some capacity this year!
EM: Thanks to the exposure we received as part of our Hello Mr. residency, we’ve had the pleasure of meeting amazing creatives and content makers that we’re excited to collaborate with. Instagram has also proved to be an amazing tool to discover young QPOC that we can’t wait to highlight.
Goals for 2018?
CA: We’d definitely, definitely like to release issue 01 in 2018. Throwing some events would be really cute. Also would love to fit a lil’ vacation in there somewhere.
EM: Release issue 01 of BRUNCH CLUB ( and keep shining and slaying).
Do you have any future projects that you can tell us about?
CA: We have a couple things coming up in 2018! But for now our lips are sealed xx.
EM: Things are moving and happening but we can’t share much right now!
What would you graffiti on the back of a toilet door?
CA: Queer & Hungry! Also my venmo account name.
EM: QUEER & HUNGRY! (plus my IG handle, duh!)