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Elska Guadalajara is our twenty-fourth issue and our second to be shot in Latin America, following our popular Elska Bogotá project. Aside from sharing a Spanish colonial legacy and language, you'll also find that the men are some of the most open, proud, and daring we've met yet. If our Bogotá issue was our most naked issue ever, then this one is even more naked! So yes, the cover (sans censorship kitty) is totally appropriate!
But why Guadalajara? If you're looking at this wondering why our first Mexican issue was made here and not in Mexico City, then you only need to meet a Tapatio man who'll tell you quickly how his city of Guadalajara is the true gay capital of the country. It's this pride that convinced us to come here and made us fall in love with the city.
Inside this issue you'll get to know a sampling of local guys who we met on our trip, presented through honest photography and intimate storytelling. Some of the men you'll meet in Elska Guadalajara include:
Daniel R, who talks about how he was able to come out of his shell, with a bit of blind bravery and a bit of trying to impress a crush;
Alejandro G, who opens up about the pain of now being alone in a city whose every corner reminds him of his love, and waits for the day that they can be reunited;
Iván D, who reflects on meeting a straight man who really touched his heart, showing the value of our hetero allies who can be loved and not only feared;
Andrés A, who divulges the intimate details of a hook-up with a guy he met at the gym who he thought was out of his league, imparting a new confidence and convincing him to take more chances.
Features images of / stories from: Tom P, Daniel R, Iván D, Alejandro G, Luis V, Teo C, Alejandro S, Andrés A; plus our reader Q&A featuring Troy Tsai.
Includes texts in English and Spanish (followed by English translations)
Details and Specs:
Elska Guadalajara is 180 pages. The print version is 170mm x 240mm (approx 6.7 x 9.4 in), full colour, sewn-bound, offset-printed, and on 130gsm (90lb) internal matte paper and 280gsm (110lb) textured coated coverage paper with flaps. One random Elska Collectors' Postcard is inserted inside.