- This article is about the magazine based out of Winnipeg. For the magazine published with the Calgary Herald, see Swerve (newspaper).
Swerve is a Canadian magazine, published in Winnipeg, Manitoba for the city's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities. Launched in November 1994, it published as funds were available until finally achieving a monthly circulation two years later.
A tabloid newsmagazine, it was distributed free of charge mostly in Winnipeg, with several points outside of Manitoba and in the northern United States. Swerve incorporated as a non-profit organization in June of 2000, adopting a set of bylways and electing a board of directors. The day-to-day operations are overseen by an editorial team who are paid a small honorarium for their work. The current executive director of Canada's national LGBT lobby group Egale, Gilles Marchildon, worked at Swerve for over four years and served as editor for three years.
In 2005, the magazine became involved in a trademark dispute, when the Calgary Herald co-opted the name Swerve for a weekly entertainment supplement. Shortly after, the magazine was transformed from a tabloid into a book format under the guidance of its editor since 2001, Richard F.J. Wood. It also revised its mission statement and its tagline, which changed from "Winnipeg's monthly queer newsmagazine" to "One Community > Diverse Lives."
In January 2007, the magazine re-launched under the name OutWords Inc. Back issues of the original Swerve magazine are available on the website.
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