Elska Magazine, the publication dedicated to sharing the bodies and voices of diverse men from all over the world, puts the spotlight on Tbilisi for its latest issue, Elska Tbilisi.
“I imagine that making a gay publication on Tbilisi, a place few in the wider world know much about, might seem like an odd choice, but it’s a city I have always wanted to feature for this project, one of my top five favorite cities in the world,” Liam Campbell, Elska editor and chief photographer tells Out Traveler. “However, the reason it took us until our forty-fourth issue to come here is because gay life in Georgia is notoriously difficult. Despite a rather progressive post-Soviet government that passed many ‘European’ standard laws to protect the LGBTQ community, a highly conservative and Orthodox society has had other goals, meaning that regardless of the legal situation, local gays have felt little safety.”
Readers of Elska Tbilisi and its companion zine Elska Ekstra Tbilisi are introduced to 15 local men photographed in their homes and the streets of Tbilisi. These men write their personal stories by sharing their mood, style, and sometimes naked bodies.
You can learn more at www.elskamagazine.com, but keep scrolling to see our favorite curated pics from Elska Tbilisi.