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CAMP, based in Kansas City, Mo., entered its 15th year of publication with its February 2018 issue.

FENUXE, based in Atlanta, entered its ninth year of publication with its January 12, 2018, issue.

GOLIATH ATLANTA entered its fourth year of publication with its February 2018 issue.

THE FIGHT, based in Los Angeles, celebrated its seventh anniversary with its February 2018 issue.

LETTERS FROM CAMP REHOBOTH, based in Rehoboth Beach, Del., entered its 28th year of publication with its January 26, 2018, issue.

THE MIRROR, based in Wilton Manors, Fla., entered its seventh year of publication with its January 2018 issue.

OUT IN JERSEY, based in Trenton, N.J., entered its 23rd year of publication with its February/March 2018 issue.

OUTSMART MAGAZINE, based in Houston, entered its 25th year of publication with its February 2018 issue.

SOUTH FLORIDA GAY NEWS, also known as SFGN and based in Wilton Manors, Fla., celebrated its eighth anniversary in its January 24, 2018, issue.

Bob Smith
BOB SMITH, author and standup comic, passed away on January 20, 2018, after living with ALS for 11 years. He was the first out gay standup comic to have his own HBO special and to appear on “The Tonight Show.” He was 59.

TAGG, based in Washington, D.C., entered its seventh year of publication with its January/February 2018 issue.

THE WASHINGTON BLADE and the DC Brau Brewing Company have teamed up again on a specially branded can of Brau Pils for this summer’s Pride celebration. Readers were invited to submit their original designs for consideration to the Blade for a limited-edition “Pride Pils” can. Proceeds from the sale of the special cans will benefit SMYAL and the Washington Blade Foundation.

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Issue 12

More pubs adding “queer” and “LGBTQ” to their lexicon

by Joe Siegel

Many, but not all, LGBT publications have embraced the term “queer” and added the “Q” in “LGBTQ” when describing the community in their news coverage.

In an August 2017 editorial, OutSmart Magazine in Houston explained its use of the new terminology.

“The ‘Q’ stands for ‘queer’ or ‘questioning,’ and the change reflects our effort to be more inclusive of the entire community,” wrote editor John Wright.

As Wright points out, according to Community Marketing’s 11th annual LGBTQ Survey released in July of last year, 24 percent of millennials now identify as “queer,” as do 37 percent of “gender expansive” people. The survey also found that “LGBTQ” is now preferred over “LGBT” among millennials, and that, for the first time, the expanded abbreviation has an approval rating among baby boomers of more than 50 percent.

Based on its findings, Community Marketing concluded that “LGBTQ” is “a positive word for corporations to use today, with little negative downside.” 

“Indeed, even some mainstream publications, including the Los Angeles Times, have switched from ‘LGBT’ to ‘LGBTQ,'” Wright noted.

Ryan Howe, editor of Out Front Colorado in Denver, wrote a letter from the editor last month explaining “why we use ‘queer’ alongside ‘LGBTQ.’”

“Out Front’s staff spent many meeting and arguments on whether to use the word in our magazine,” he wrote. “… Ultimately, we settled on using ‘queer’ when both the writer and the subject of the story agree with it. … For us, ‘queer’ is used as an umbrella term for anyone who identifies as LGBTQ or something other than the worldview that promotes heterosexuality as the norm.”

Troy Masters, editor of the Los Angeles Blade, said he’s “always been a fan of the word ‘queer’ because of its breadth of meaning. Today it refers to the increasing visibility of gender queer and gender fluid people or fluid sexual identity.”

Masters said the use of “LGBTQ” is a reflection of changing times.
“As we embrace diversity it just makes sense that we become inclusive about the term we adopt to describe ourselves collectively.”

“We use ‘LGBTQ’ and the word ‘queer’ regularly in our content and have done that for several years,” added Cynthia Laird, news editor for the Bay Area Reporter in San Francisco. “The main reason is that's how more people we talk to identify. LGBTQ has also been embraced by various nonprofit organizations, so we honor that as well.”

“We use ‘LGBTQ,’ and we will use ‘queer' when subjects identify that way,” noted Kevin Naff, editor of the Washington Blade. 

Some publications choose not to use LGBTQ in their reporting.

“Our style is not to include the ‘Q’ as a general rule,” said Tammye Nash, managing editor of the Dallas Voice. “We certainly include the ‘Q’ when we are quoting someone, when it is part of the actual name of an organization or event, and there are some occasions when one of our writers includes the ‘Q’ for some other specific reason.”

Nash cited another reason for the publication’s decision.

“We have no particular objection to the ‘Q,’ and we do understand the element of inclusion. It’s just that the use of the initials ‘LGBT’ is intended to save space and time, and as more and more letters are added, it becomes increasingly clunky and, at least in my mind, a bit pretentious.”

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Issue 12

Los Angeles Blade plans to go weekly

by Joe Siegel

The Los Angeles Blade plans to expand its coverage by publishing a weekly print edition, just one year after its biweekly debut.

The publication covers Los Angeles and California mixed with national and international coverage from the reporting team of its sister newspaper, the Washington Blade.

“After a successful first year on a biweekly print schedule, we determined that Los Angeles needs and deserves even more robust coverage of LGBTQ issues,” said publisher and editor Troy Masters. “To that end, we’re excited to deliver the Blade each week starting May 4.”

In addition to the expansion, the Los Angeles Blade announced it has hired media veteran Michael Jortner as its new advertising and marketing director. Jortner served as principal of WeHo Digital, a digital marketing agency serving small businesses in the area. Jortner is certified in digital marketing solutions by Gannett and MarketMotive.

“I’m a big believer in LGBTQ media and thrilled to join the Blade team,” said Jortner. “I look forward to working with Los Angeles businesses to reach and connect with LGBTQ consumers.”

The first weekly edition of 20,000 copies will debut May 4 at L.A. area bars, restaurants, gyms and other locations popular with area LGBT residents. 

The Los Angeles Blade and the Washington Blade are published by Brown Naff Pitts Omnimedia. The Washington Blade is the only LGBT media member of the White House press corps.

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Issue 12

Queer media in NoCal subject of new exhibit

by Fred Kuhr

A new exhibition will highlight the history and diversity of LGBT and queer publications produced in Northern California from the 1940s through the 2000s. "Empowerment in Print: LGBTQ Activism, Pride and Lust " draws on the collection of more than 5,000 periodical titles preserved in the archives of the San Francisco-based GLBT Historical Society.

"From sober to sleek, from coy to explicit, from apolitical to militant, these publications demonstrate some of the myriad ways LGBTQ people have found empowerment in print," according to co-curators Joanna Black and Jeremy Prince. "The exhibition celebrates the important role San Francisco and our wider region have played in the creation of queer periodicals."

With one title on display for each letter of the alphabet, the show  looks to reflect “queer people from diverse communities using periodicals to form social networks, create culture, express desire and inspire activism.” The publications in the exhibit — many of them graphic — “offer a distinctive window into the intersectional identities, culture and politics of LGBTQ people at the high point of print periodicals as a means of mass communication.”

The exhibit starts with scarce private newsletters from the 1940s, when homosexuality was the object of legal and social persecution. It also displays pioneering American homophile movement journals from the 1950s, noting that the U.S. Supreme Court overtuned the ban on mailing periodicals defending homosexual people 60 years ago this year. 

The show then offers a selection of the periodicals that emerged as the movement grew in size and force and as commercial publications reached paying subscribers in the 1960s and 1970s. The periodicals on display also suggest the array of issues represented in publications from the 1980s into the 2000s and some of the ways that zine-makers have created alternatives to mainstream LGBT publications.

The exhibition includes periodicals from the Northern California cities including Albany, Berkeley, Fremont, Oakland, San Francisco, Santa Cruz and Union City. 

"Empowerment in Print" runs through May 21, 2018, at the GLBT History Museum, 4127 18th St., San Francisco. For more information, visit

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Issue 12


Interview with Publisher Jack Tesorero
by Joe Siegel

Geographic coverage area: Throughout  Arizona with additional locations in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Diego and Palm Springs

Year founded: July 2001

Staff size and breakdown: 
Publisher/Founder Jack M. Tesorero, Editor Deon Brown, Creative Director Kevin Bushaw, Art Director Alex Campos, Copy Editor Austin Head, Director of Sales John Singleton, Tucson Advertising/Distribution Danny Catt, Director of Events Christopher Tong, Photographers Franklin Diaz, Leakedglass Productions, Fernando Hernandez, Scotty Kirby and RSVP Photography, Writers Addison DeWitt, Claude Edwards, Peter Lora and Miss Tiger, Distribution Paul Sanchez and Ted Kirby

Physical dimensions of publication: 5.5” x 8.5”

Average page count: 100-132

Key demographics: Gay men 18-50

Print run: 8,000

Web site:


PPQ: What feature or features of ION Arizona have been the most popular with readers? 

Publisher Jack Tesorero: Horoscopes, gossip, and bar and nightlife guides.

PPQ: Who came up with the name and what is the inspiration for it?
Tesorero:  I moved from Detroit, fell in love with Arizona and felt the national press never gave Arizona the credit it deserved. Phoenix is now the fifth latest city in the country. The original name was Eye on Arizona —  taken from a show on The Simpsons called “Eye on Springfield” — but it was shortened to IONAZ on the premier issue, then since people where trying to pronounce IONAZ phonetically (badly), we changed it to ION Arizona.

PPQ: What challenge has your publication had to overcome since its inception? 

Tesorero: Competition. When ION started, there were only two publications, both news/politics/health/opinion. We were all entertainment/lifestyle. Since 2001, there have been more than 10 publications which have come and gone. Competition drove advertising prices down. Now that there are only two left, the print media is definitely different with competition on many fronts, including social media.

PPQ: What challenge or challenges is ION Arizona facing now?

Tesorero: In order to stay competitive and profitable, we offer social media marketing packages, sometimes without an ad buy. Also, another source of income is our signature events. We host epic pool parties, a sexiest bartender fundraising contest and an LGBT Oktoberfest. We also work with local promoters and non-profits to host smaller events at local businesses.

PPQ: How has ION Arizona changed since it was first launched?

Tesorero: When we started we were 48 pages, black and white with a color cover wrap. Back then, Abercrombie & Fitch Magazine was all black and white. We had 65 locations and we were not online. Today, we are 100-132 pages, all color, perfect bound, soft touch cover with 200-plus physical locations and available online everywhere. 

PPQ: What one change would you like to make?

Tesorero: Eliminate competition. Phoenix is a big city but doesn’t need two monthly magazines, one sports magazine, a regional publication and an annual directory. Advertisers are forced to choose where to spend their money in the LGBTQ community, so everyone struggles. Plus, we are all under attack by social media and the trend to move away from traditional media.

PPQ: What's the most surprising feedback you've received from a reader?

Tesorero: Just recently, a closeted TV reporter from our local NBC affiliate was featured on our cover. He used ION to “come out” and he said it was the best experience ever and he has never been happier. He proceeded to tell this story to the entire HRC Gala last week. 

PPQ: What advice would you give to anyone who may want to launch their own LGBT publication?

Tesorero: Invest the money that you would’ve spent starting a magazine in an aggressive mutual fund. That is not a joke. I sold my Apple stock in 2001 to start the magazine. It’s worth over $1 million today.

PPQ: There have been a number of gay publications which have either downsized their staffs or ceased operations completely. Can anything be done to reverse this trend?

Tesorero: As I said before, diversification is the key for publishing survival. Of course, cutting costs is the easiest way to save money, but without income it’s irrelevant. Make money with ads, online ads, social media, graphic design, photography and events. Don’t rely on print ads for 100 percent of your income and survival.

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Thursday, February 22, 2018


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AMBUSH, based in New Orleans, entered its 36th year of publication with its January 2, 2018, issue.

BAY AREA REPORTER, based in San Francisco, entered its 48th year of publication with its January 4, 2018, issue.

BAY WINDOWS, based in Boston, entered its 36th year of publication with its December 7, 2017, issue.

BETWEEN THE LINES, based in Livonia, Mich., entered its 26th year of publication with its January 4, 2018, issue.

THE EAGLE, based in Indianapolis, entered its 27th year of publication with its December 2017 issue. It also switched format, from a newspaper to a magazine, with its January 2018 issue.

ECHO MAG, based in Phoenix, printed its 700th issue, dated January 2018.

THE GAY & LESBIAN REVIEW, based in Boston, entered its 25th year of publication with its January/February 2018 issue.

GAY CITY NEWS, based in New York City, entered its 17th year of publication with its January 4, 2018, issue.

GAY SAN DIEGO entered its ninth year of publication with its January 5, 2018, issue.

GLOSS, based in San Francisco, entered its 16th year of publication with its January 5, 2018, issue.

Fay Jacobs
GRAB MAGAZINE, based in Chicago, entered its ninth year of publication with its January 9, 2018, issue.

HOTSPOTS, based in Oakland Park, Fla., entered its 33rd year of publication with its January 4, 2018, issue.

ION ARIZONA, based in Phoenix, entered its 33rd year of publication with its January 2018 issue.

FAY JACOBS, whose work regularly appears in LETTERS FROM CAMP REHOBOTH and DELAWARE BEACH LIFE, has been awarded for her new book, “Fried & Convicted - Rehoboth Beach Uncorked.” The book has been named of the top three LGBT Books of the Year for 2017 by the International Rainbow Awards.

SHAUN KNITTEL, staff writer and associate editor of SEATTLE GAY NEWS, has relocated to his hometown of Las Vegas, with his husband YEE-SHIN HUANG, after eight years with the newspaper.

LEFT MAGAZINE, based in San Francisco, entered its fifth year of publication with its January 2018 issue.

CHIP LEWIS is the new director of communications at NMAC, formerly the NATIONAL MINORITY AIDS COUNCIL, based in Washington, D.C.

THE LOS ANGELES BLADE entered its second year of publication with its January 12, 2018, issue.

MAN ABOUT WORLD, based in New York City, addresses the critical topic of LGBT travel safety with three new digital initiatives: the LGBTQ Guide to Travel Safety; a new online resource addressing the question “Is it safe to go to ________?”; and twice-yearly Twitter Chats focusing on LGBT travel safety. They are available for free to all travelers. Download a PDF version of the guide at or download the mobile version in the free ManAboutWorld App in the AppStore and
Google Play (search ManAboutWorld).

METROSOURCE, based in New York City, entered its 29th year of publication with its February/March 2018 issue.

ALEX MORASH is the new director of media and public relations at the NATIONAL LGBTQ TASK FORCE in Washington, D.C. He previously wrote about economic policy at MEDIA MATTERS.

PEACH ATL, based in Atlanta, entered its second year of publication with its January 3, 2018, issue.

FRANK PEREZ, columnist for New Orleans-based AMBUSH, is teaching three courses at Delgado Community College this semester in tour guiding and French Quarter history.

PHILADELPHIA GAY NEWS entered its 42nd year of publication with its January 5, 2018, issue.

Jeremy Rodriguez
Q MAGAZINE, based in Key West, Fla., entered its 13th year of publication with its January 2018 issue.

THE RAINBOW TIMES, based in Boston, entered its 11th year of publication with its January 4, 2018, issue.

JEREMY RODRIGUEZ, a staff writer at PHILADELPHIA GAY NEWS, is now the publication’s interim editor. He takes over for JEN COLLETTA, who left the newspaper late last year.

SEATTLE GAY NEWS entered its 46th year of publication with its January 5, 2018, issue.

WILLIAM SIEVERT, an award-winning journalist, writer and columnist with LETTERS FROM CAMP REHOBOTH, died November 19, 2017, of cancer. He also wrote for the THE ADVOCATE, MOTHER JONES, ROLLING STONE, the WASHINGTON POST and the LOUISVILLE TIMES. He was 70.

SOUTH FLORIDA GAY NEWS, based in Wilton Manors, Fla., entered its ninth year of publication with its January 3, 2018, issue.

THE WASHINGTON BLADE entered its 49th year of publication with its January 5, 2018, issue.

WATERMARK entered its 25th year of publication with its January 11, 2018, issue.

WIREMAG, based in Miami, entered its 30th year of publication with its January 4, 2018, issue.

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Issue 11

Miami Herald’s LGBT magazine ceases publication

by Joe Siegel

Miami’s Pallette magazine, published by the Miami Herald Media Company, ended publication with its December 2017 edition. The magazine was three years old.

“Financially, we just weren’t making it a successful product,” said Kristina Schulz-Corrales, the Miami Herald’s New Business Development Manager. “We were losing money on it actually.”

Schulz-Corrales said the LGBT community is still being covered by the Miami Herald’s Gay South Florida channel.

“After three years, it’s incredible to think that this is the last issue of Palette,” the magazine wrote to readers. “… Having started with so many lofty goals and riding a wave of exhilarating national milestones, we’re sad to see it all end.

In December 2016, Palette announced a partnership with the Miami-Made Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce. The organization’s Clarity Business Magazine was to be published inside of Palette in three of its six editions – February/March, June/July and October/November. Other issues featured several pages on the Chamber’s programming, initiatives and market outreach. 

“The Miami-Dade Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce has been an exceptional partner, collaborating on the demanding but deeply rewarding responsibility of publishing a magazine that wanted above all to be inclusive of everyone within the LGBTQ community,” readers were told. “This may be our last issue, but we are grateful to have gotten a chapter in this dazzlingly beautiful community’s ongoing story.”

Todd Evans, CEO of gay media company Rivendell Media (and publisher of Press Pass Q), noted that while Palette was a “lovely” magazine, “The success of LGBT media really starts with its connection to the LGBT community. Miami and then South Florida have a number of quality LGBT owned and operated publications that have strong ties to the local LGBT and mainstream community for many, many years and really do a fine job. It is no surprise a mainstream company was not able to make the connection needed to maintain a strong local advertising base to ensure its success.”

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