Michele Ursino is licensed under  CC BY 2.0

Michele Ursino is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Christian teen magazine Brio is back after folding in 2009.
The conservative Christian magazine Brio is going to stage a comeback after it went out of publication in 2009 due to budget issues. Published by the “Focus on the Family” organization, a conservative Christian group that is opposed to contemporary issues such as gay rights and abortions, Brio was the conservative teenager’s version of a teen magazine.

Conservative Christian families that found magazines such as Vogue too risky for teenagers saw a safe alternative in Brio. The magazine dealt with teenage issues such as premarital sex, offering advice to youngsters to avoid immoral behaviors and to not give into peer pressure. For the young Christian girl who wanted to bridge the gap between her faith and the modern world, Brio was a saving grace.

The new issues will be similar to the old versions in all other respects. Young girls have always found solutions to teenage problems, ideas on how to remain fashionable without compromising on modesty, tips on making cards and gifts and so on. A 31-year-old writer from San Francisco, Laura Turner, says she was always interested in turning to the advice pages where experts would give on dating boys who weren’t Christians or on fashion.

Some readers, however, say their parents were so conservative they found even Brio to be too risky for their children to read. Alissa Wilkinson, 33, relates how she was banned from reading Brio and had to secretly read the issues in the church library or had to smuggle copies home. Now, when she looks back at her teenage days, Wilkinson feels grateful to Brio for having connected her to her peers, keeping her updated about the latest developments around her without letting her do anything she would later on regret.

Focus on the Family introduced the first issue of Brio in 1990, at a time when questions of modernity and morality had just begun to affect teenagers. The organization has announced the new issues will have the same focus as when they started, however they will also tackle issues such as LGBTQ rights, abortion and birth control, and so on, with redoubled efforts, centering on a more “biblical worldview” of issues.

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