An Open Letter Regarding the “Own Voices” Editorial Published by a Publication that is Not Affiliated with Dark Matter Magazine, LLC

DATE OF LETTER: Monday, March 29, 2021

On Sunday, March 28, 2021, an editorial titled “Defining ‘Own Voices’ Authors: you can’t have it both ways,” (first published online April 18, 2020) became the center of an online controversy with many readers of the named editorial feeling deeply offended by the contents of the piece. The editorial in question was published by the online publication Dark Matter ZINE, NOT Dark Matter MAGAZINE, and furthermore, was published prior to the inception of Dark Matter MAGAZINE, which was first created on April 24, 2020, six (6) days after the publication of the named editorial. Because of the similarity between the publishing publication’s name and ours (we are Dark Matter MAGAZINE), many persons online mistook the named editorial for something written or published by our staff. This is false. Dark Matter MAGAZINE, LLC, is a federally registered business in the state of Illinois (U.S.A.) and has no affiliation with Dark Matter ZINE, nor did we have any knowledge of the editorial in question prior to yesterday, March 28, 2021. Furthermore, we had no knowledge of Dark Matter ZINE’s existence as a publisher prior to March 28, 2021. Dark Matter MAGAZINE, LLC, does not speak for Dark Matter ZINE, but we also refuse to condone any behavior, written or otherwise, that is discriminatory or hurtful, and we officially disagree with the stance taken by the editorial’s author. Dark Matter MAGAZINE, LLC, has never and will never discriminate against any person, nor will we ever prescribe to any person the ways in which that person should or should not represent their own identity. Frankly, it’s none of our business.

We hope this letter clarifies any confusion on this matter, and we wish you all the best.

Sincerely,

The Dark Matter Team