Monday, January 25, 2016

TRANSITIONS AND MILESTONES

What’s happening at your publication? Let us know. Email editor Fred Kuhr at editor@presspassq.com.

BAY WINDOWS, based in Boston, entered its 34th year of publication with its December 10, 2015, issue.

ALEX COX, a sales representative for Livonia, Mich.-based BETWEEN THE LINES, legally wed her partner of 25 years DEB DYSERT, a minister with the METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY CHURCH of Detroit, on October 24, 2015, at the Pontiac Waterford Elks Lodge.

THE GAY & LESBIAN REVIEW, based in Boston, entered its 23rd year of publication with its January/February 2016 issue.

GAY CALGARY, based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, celebrated its 12th anniversary in November 2015.

GAY PEOPLE’S CHRONICLE, based in Cleveland, Ohio, has ceased publication. Its last issue was dated December 25, 2015.

GENRE LATINO celebrated its fifth anniversary with its December 2015 issue. At the same time, Editor IAN MALONEY celebrated his third anniversary at the helm.

THE GLBT HISTORICAL SOCIETY, which runs THE LGBT HISTORY MUSEUM in San Francisco, has hired TERRY BESWICK as its executive director. Previously, he led another Castro-based nonprofit, the Castro Country Club, which serves LGBT people in recovery. He is an AIDS activist and journalist with experience with the HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN, the National AIDS Program Office of National HIV/AIDS Policy, and BAY AREA REPORTER.

HOTSPOTS MAGAZINE, based in Oakland Park, Fla., celebrated its 30th anniversary with issue #3049, dated December 10, 2015. The issue was unveiled at the Hotspots Holiday Celebration at the W Fort Lauderdale, which also served as a fundraiser for The Pride Center and Latinos Salud.

Brandon Matheson
BRANDON MATHESON, the publisher and editor in chief of Toronto-based DAILY XTRA since its inception, is stepping down. He has been with PINK TRIANGLE PRESS, which publishes Xtra, since 1993.

MEDIA MATTERS FOR AMERICA, based in Washington, D.C., has named CARLOS MAZA as Multimedia Research Fellow. He will continue in his role as LGBT Program Director until a replacement is named.

Franklyn Roger Margason
aka Dorien Grey
FRANKLYN ROGER MARGASON, an author and gay-press editor who last lived in Chicago, died November 1, 2015. Long based in Los Angeles, he served as editor of INCHES MAGAZINE and worked for different publishing houses. After retirement, he moved to Chicago and became a successful author using the pen name DORIEN GREY. He was 81.

The NORTH AMERICAN OUTGAMES 2016, to be held in St. Louis from May 28 to June 4, is open for media registration. For media credentials: http://bit.ly/1PsO2LQ. For more information: http://bit.ly/1QmFyTz.

OUT IN JERSEY, based in Trenton, N.J., entered its 21st year of publication with its December 2015/January 2016 issue.

SOUTH FLORIDA GAY NEWS, based in Wilton Manors, Fla., has won three FLORIDA PRESS CLUB Awards. Executive Editor JASON PARSLEY won second place in the Community News category, first place in Health Writing, and first place in Minority Reporting.

TRANSITIONS AND MILESTONES
Volume 17
Issue 10

Gay activist, publisher and pioneer Tim Campbell dies

by Chuck Colbert

Gay rights activist and LGBT publisher Tim Campbell died December 26, 2015, at a hospice in Houston, Texas, at the age of 76, from esophageal cancer.

Campbell was perhaps best known as the publisher of the GLC Voice newspaper in Minneapolis, which was published from 1979 to 1992. During that period, he was the go-to person in Minneapolis for the media whenever they needed a quick quote on a gay-related event. 

Tim Campbell
Because Campbell was also known for a number of gay rights street theater-style protests over the years, it chagrined some in the community when he became their “voice.” Campbell often remarked that he made a terrible mistake when he named his paper the GLC Voice. 

The U.S. Army pushed Campbell out of the closet in 1962 when he was called to register for the draft. He checked the box for people who had “homosexual tendencies,” even though he had never yet acted on them. For years, Campbell had to list “1Y” as his draft status on every application for employment he filled out. (The Vietnam War era code meant that he was only fit to serve in the military in the case of a national emergency.) This had a chilling effect on his pursuit of gainful employment, so he worked in department stores and waited tables. 

Campbell was asked by FREE, a University of Minnesota gay and lesbian group, to be their spokesperson with the press at a rally for equal employment for gays and lesbians. That march passed from the university campus downtown to the offices of Northwestern Bell Telephone Company in the spring of 1974. From then forward, the local press kept his phone number handy.

Campbell himself often said his most important contribution to the national drive for gay rights was some energy he put, during 1974 and 1975, into convincing the Advocate magazine, the Minneapolis and St. Paul newspapers, the Washington Post, Dear Abby, and the New York Times to direct their stylesheets to use “gay,” “gay and lesbian” or “lesbian and gay” instead of “homosexual.”

Going sober in 1973, Campbell was also very involved in helping gays, lesbians and others to recover from alcohol and drug addiction. He was the founding chair of the Lambda Sobriety Center in Minneapolis in 1981.

Campbell received his Masters in French Literature from the University of Texas in 1969. He studied in Tours, France, and was theoretically working on his doctoral dissertation while teaching at the University of Minnesota, Morris Campus, from 1970 through 1972. Just last year, Campbell finally wrote up a lot of his studies about Proust and posted them on a blog called ProustByCampbell.blogspot.com. 

From 1973 to 1974, Campbell joined with Jack Baker and Mike McConnell in conducting accredited seminars in sensitivity training on gay issues for students in the Education Department. He conducted similar seminars for police officers and other professionals, including chemical dependency counselors, over the next few years. Campbell, Baker and McConnell encouraged each other in the belief that they could “change the way people see gays” by working to do so. That was the purpose of Baker and McConnell’s same-sex marriage, the first of its kind in the U.S., in May 1980. 

Campbell partnered with Bruce Brockway too start the Positively Gay newspaper, which became the GLC Voice in 1979. Campbell picked the name GLC Voice the night before press time. He and Brockway enumerated that issue Volume I, Issue 7. They put both logos on the top of page one: GLC Voice / Positively Gay.

Campbell chose the name “GLC Voice” hoping it would suggest The Village Voice. In his mind, the letters G-L-C stood for gays, lesbians and civilisados (Spanish for civilized people). Most issues of the newspaper carried the motto “A Twin Cities newspaper for gays, lesbians and civilized others.”

The GLC Voice hit the stands once a month the first year. In 1981, it started coming out twice monthly. The press run was 15,000 per issue, except when there was not enough advertising to pay the print bill.

The GLC Voice took advantage of technological advances in the 1980s that made producing the newspaper less expensive. But Campbell never paid himself more than $1,000 per month.

(Material from an obituary, written by Campbell before his death, and the GLC Voice blog was used in this reporting. In that obituary, Campbell asked that in lieu of flowers or other memorials, people so moved are encouraged to engage in random acts of kindness, generosity or courage.)

TOP STORY
Volume 17
Issue 10

Kansas’ Liberty Press gets boost from shuttered alt weekly

by Joe Siegel

The Liberty Press, the longest-running LGBT newspaper in Kansas, has been given a boost from a now-defunct publication.

F5, Wichita’s weekly alternative newspaper, stopped publishing in July 2015. In November, owner Mike Marlett donated the magazine racks the paper had been using in various distribution locations around Wichita to the Liberty Press.

Liberty Press owner Kristi Parker said the paper had been distributed at many of the same locations and reached out to Marlett after seeing the empty racks.

Parker asked what he planned to do with the racks, and Marlett offered to donate the racks at no charge.

“I feel very fortunate to have these racks. They are very expensive and I had recently been looking online for an affordable option. I am so grateful to the owners of F5,” said Parker. “[The racks] will be put to use much more in the next few months. They will bring far greater exposure to the Liberty Press at our distribution spots and enable us to add more distribution points which require a rack.”

Elle Boatman
Currently, the Liberty Press is distributed at 125 locations. But now Parker plans to add another 50.

In addition, the Liberty Press has added several new writers and a new photographer. Transgender activists Elle Boatman and Brenda Way have joined as staff reporters.

The paper has had a trans columnist for many years, but the addition of Boatman and Way will enhance the coverage of the trans community, Parker noted.

Jeromiah Taylor
“Elle and Brenda will add a trans voice to more news reporting type stories. I'm excited to have their point of view reflected in what we cover,” Parker said.

There are also some younger writers coming aboard — Wichita East juniors Jeromiah Taylor and Isabella Parker. Emily Beckman from Butler County College contributed a feature for the February issue, and Matthew Jones-Arnone has joined the staff as an event photographer.

Parker is happy to feature younger voices in the Liberty Press.

“I'm so excited about the overall direction of the paper,” Parker said. “The changes lead to growth for us, and after more than 20 years, it is exciting that it's happening. The community is still putting a lot of energy behind the paper and I'm very grateful.”

IN THE NEWS
Volume 17
Issue 10

NLGJA stylebook branching out en español

by Chuck Colbert

The National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association’s Stylebook has been a resource for countless newsrooms covering the LGBT community. Consequently, the organization is planning an expansion of this resource for those outlets delivering the news in Spanish.

As Adam Pawlus, NLGJA executive director, explained, “NLGJA is committed to providing newsrooms with resources to effectively tell the stories of diverse LGBT communities. By adding Spanish language resources to NLGJA’s Stylebook, we hope to help Spanish language media outlets accurately cover LGBT issues.

The NLGJA Stylebook is intended to complement the prose stylebooks of individual publications as well as the Associated Press stylebook. NLGJA's stylebook reflects the association's mission of inclusive coverage of LGBT people, includes entries on key words and phrases, and features greater detail than other prose stylebooks.

Those with ideas or comments should email stylebook@nlgja.org.

IN THE NEWS
Volume 17
Issue 10

PRESSING QUESTIONS: Gay Calgary

Interview with Publisher Steve Polyak
by Joe Siegel

Geographic coverage area: Canadian province of Alberta

Year founded: 2003
Staff size and breakdown: Full time publisher/editor/sales representative, copy editor, 10 or so freelance writers

Physical dimensions of publication: 8” x 10.5”
Average page count: 64-80

Print run: The magazine is now online only in PDF and ISSUU format

Web site: gaycalgary.com

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PPQ:Who came up with the name Gay Calgary and what is the inspiration for it? 
Publisher Steve Polyak: GayCalgary.com was set up to be a center hub for the LGBT community in Calgary, so it was a logical choice to continue using that brand for when launching the magazine in 2003. It eventually became trademarked across Canada.

PPQ: What challenge has your publication had to overcome? 

Polyak: There have been a lot of challenges that we had to overcome during the past 12 years of the magazine. We had major issues with another gay publication that was located in Calgary. The problems got so bad that we had to sue them for violating our trademark. Even though they were saying they were a national gay publication, they constantly saw us as a threat.

PPQ: What challenge or challenges is Gay Calgary facing now? 

Polyak: In 2014, our editor and partner in the magazine Rob Diaz-Marino decided to call it quits. After being part of the magazine for 11 years, he wanted to have a life away from the day-to-day operations of the magazine. We had also decided at that point to announce that the December 2014/January 2015 edition would be the last printed edition and go online only. We had been running into problems with lack of distribution points of the magazine with closures of gay and gay-friendly businesses, but also the gay community moving away from Calgary’s downtown core and into the suburbs, making it harder to find new distribution locations. We originally had 300 locations and the last year or so it was down to 35, so we reduced the print run down to 2,000 copies. 

PPQ: How has the publication changed since it was first launched? 

Polyak: When we first launched, it was dedicated to the Calgary market. Edmonton, which is a 3-hour drive from Calgary, had two gay publications covering it. But after they both shut down, it was requested by businesses and community groups for us to expand to cover all of Alberta. 

PPQ: On the Kinsey Scale of 0-6 [exclusively straight to totally gay], how gay is your publication? 
Polyak: Gay Calgary should be about a 5 out of 6. We have seen too many gay publications censor themselves assuming their customers and readers want the sexuality toned down. We believe that we can still show our sexuality without going overboard. So we do have about 20 percent to 25 percent straight readership because the articles and interviews that we have are of interest to everyone. 
PPQ: Do you see yourself as an 'activist journalist'? If so, in what way? 

Polyak: Well yes and no. In the past, another gay publication that we were getting advice from said we should push more articles about negative things going on in the community or things that are politically charged. What we notice in Alberta is that our gay community is extremely fractured. So articles that are needed to help explain to the readers what is going on could easily have a backlash from other parts of the gay community. 

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

Polyak: We are floored when straight politicians say that they read our magazine and they will pose for our cameras, then ask for it to be in our community photo section of the magazine. Another surprising feedback came from a cashier at Costco. She saw the name Gay Calgary on our membership card. While she was scanning our items, she explained that she was trans identified, was in the process of transitioning, and loved reading our magazine.

PPQ: What advice would you give to anyone who may want to launch their own GLBT publication?
Polyak: Several years ago, I would have told people to do it. Now, I would say hold off. I have had several people contacting me for advice in regards to setting up a magazine in Canada. If it is for a gay audience, or another type of demographic, I suggest doing it only if they are willing to put out a lot of money and time to get started. If someone is wanting to do it, they should do a lot of research too to see if the market can handle it.

PPQ: What one change would you like to make?

Polyak: If possible, more time in the day. I never seem to have enough time to get everything done. 

PRESSING QUESTIONS
Volume 17
Issue 10

GUEST COMMENTARY: 40 years strong

by Mark Segal
(Mark Segal, publisher of Philadelphia Gay News, is the nation’s most-award-winning commentator in LGBT media. His memoir "And Then I Danced, Traveling The Road to LGBT Equality” has been number one on Amazon's LGBT memoir/biography bestsellers list. This column originally ran in the January 7, 2016, edition of PGN and can also be found at http://www.epgn.com/opinion/mark-my-words/9849-40-years-strong.)
This is a very special week here at PGN.

On Jan. 3, we marked the 40th anniversary of the first issue of PGN. We’ll have an official 40th anniversary edition and event later in the year; stay tuned for that information.

We are one of the few publications in the nation for the LGBT community that has reached this milestone, and the only one with the same publisher at the helm.

I don’t know if I can accurately explain my emotions as I write this column, but it is one of joy and something else that I’m just beginning to be able to utter: accomplishment.

That word is strong and I use it not in the sense of a publication that has met every deadline over its 40 years, nor as one that is financially stable in an industry that is going through major changes, but more about our staff and its capacity to fulfill the promise that the flag on this paper has stated every issue: “Honesty, Integrity, Professionalism.” We do that every week, and that commitment has made many people proud and others angry, but that is what a newspaper is supposed to be. Newspapers that print only happy or uncontroversial news have become irrelevant in this day of new media. 

We continue to do our job with a dedication to the highest level of journalism, including printing features that sometimes look at the disenfranchised in our community. That spotlight is not always welcomed, but it’s important to remember that we are not a true community until we not only look at issues, but also begin to take steps to correct them. And making people aware of the issues is the very first step.

As someone who can look back on this community with almost 50 years of activism, I appreciate how young activists are attempting to bring inclusion to our community, but they sometimes do this without knowing our community’s history. I was a part of the group that fought to include all in our community, and as I look back on the 40 years of PGN, I see the influence that time period had on me and, in turn, PGN, by reviewing the stories we’ve published — including topics that some other LGBT publications still to this date have not addressed.

Here’s the best anniversary gift we at PGN can give you: We’ll continue each day to provide our readers with what they need to create community, and we’ll be proud to allow all your voices to be heard. And we’ll do that with respect.

To the entire staff of PGN, past and present, thank you for making me a proud publisher. But more importantly, thank you for your service to our community.

GUEST COMMENTARY
Volume 17
Issue 10

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

TRANSITIONS AND MILESTONES

What’s happening at your publication? Let us know. Email editor Fred Kuhr at editor@presspassq.com.

JIM ALBRIGHT, formerly of Oakland Park, Fla.-based HOTSPOTS MAGAZINE, has joined the sales staff at Wilton Manors-based SOUTH FLORIDA GAY NEWS.
Jim Albright

BRIAN T. CARNEY, a freelance writer for THE WASHINGTON BLADE, was elected to a two-year term on the Steering Committee for PennGALA (the Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Alumni Association of the University of Pennsylvania).

ECHO MAGAZINE, based in Phoenix, Ariz., entered its 27th year of publication with its October 2015 issue.
Brian T. Carney

GAY PARENT MAGAZINE, based in Forest Hills, N.Y., celebrated its 17th anniversary with its November/December 2015 issue.

ERIC GINSBERG was hired by OUT & ABOUT NASHVILLE as director of sales, marketing and events. He replaces SCOTT BRYANT, who left at the end of June 2015. Managing print editor JAMES GRADY filled the position temporarily.

EXIT MAGAZINE, based in Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa, published its 300th issue in November 2015.

GUY MAGAZINE, based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., launched a Central Florida edition — covering Orlando, Tampa and St. Petersburg — on December 3, 2015. SCOTT SPAR is publisher and FRED BIRKS is advertising manager of the new publication, which will be published monthly in the short term.

THE LEATHER JOURNAL, based in Hollywood, Calif., celebrated its 28th anniversary at a party in Asbury Park, N.J., on November 28, 2015.

ODYSSEY MAGAZINE, based in Jersey City, N.J., entered its 7th year of publication with its October 21, 2015, issue.

THE WASHINGTON BLADE, based in Washington, D.C., launched a new business column entitled, “Comings & Goings,” which will highlight the accomplishments of LGBT professionals in the area. The column is written by contributor PETER ROSENSTEIN.

WINDY CITY TIMES, based in Chicago, entered its 31st year of publication with its September 30, 2015, issue.

THE WORD, based in Indianapolis, Ind., unveiled its redesign with its October 2015 issue. In the same issue, the newspaper merged with its sister publication UP DOWNTOWN, a general circulation publication, which is now a section of The Word. This will also include a map of Indianapolis that showcases LGBT and ally-owned and operated businesses in every issue.

BULLETIN BOARD

PHILADELPHIA GAY NEWS will have an advertising sales rep position for an energetic, self-motivated individual with outstanding communication and sales skills available the beginning of February.

Qualifications: Two years of successful sales experience, preferably in print and/or online sales; Strong verbal and writing skills; Excellent at relationship building; Ability to work independently and part of a team; Knowledge of local media market and/or LGBT community a plus; Computer literacy a must

Our ideal candidate should have polished sales skills with experience in lead generation and cold calling, combined with a track record of closing the sale.

Salary/Benefits: Salary plus commission. Our benefits package includes medical and dental insurance, paid holidays, 401K plan, vacation and a non corporate work environment.

Qualified individuals interested in applying are encouraged to send their résumé to greg@epgn.com.

TRANSITIONS AND MILESTONES
Volume 17
Issue 9