Wednesday, July 27, 2016

TRANSITIONS AND MILESTONES

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BALTIMORE OUTLOUD entered its 14th year of publication with its May 13, 2016, issue.

BAY AREA REPORTER, based in San Francisco, celebrated its 45th anniversary in its April 7, 2016, issue.

HRC's Jay Brown
JAY BROWN has been named the new Communications Director of the Washington, D.C.-based Human Rights Campaign. Previously, he served as the organization’s Director of Research and Public Education.

DALLAS VOICE entered its 33rd year of publication with its May 13, 2016, issue.

FRONTIERS, based in Los Angeles, entered its 35th year of publication with its April 28, 2016, issue.

XULHAZ MANNAN, the editor of ROOPBAAN, the first LGBT magazine in Bangladesh, was murdered April 25, 2016, by a man wielding machetes at the U.S. embassy in the capital city of Dhaka. Mannan also worked for the United States Agency for International Development. Another gay man, TANAY MOJUMBDAR, was also killed in the attack.

METROWEEKLY, based in Washington, D.C., celebrated its 22nd anniversary with its May 5, 2016, issue.

Q NOTES, based in Charlotte, N.C., celebrated its 30th anniversary with its May 6, 2016, issue.

SPILL, a new queer arts magazine on the University of Florida campus, has been launched by NICOLE WIESENTHAL, an intern at Wilton Manors, Fla.-based South Florida Gay News. Its accompanying web site is SPILLARTSMAG.COM.

TRANSITIONS AND MILESTONES
Volume 18
Issue 4

Iowa to get a new LGBT publication

by Joe Siegel

GoGUIDE, a free LGBT publication based in Iowa City, will launch in September. The new publication will cover topics such as local and national news, the arts, and local politics.

The first issue of GoGUIDE will be the “Back to School: University & College Edition.” The magazine will print quarterly with an anticipated print run of 5,000 copies. It will be printed on glossy stock and will be full-color throughout. 
Tim Nedoba, president and director
of sales for Reach Out Marketing
The web site, goguideiowacity.us, will also launch in September.
The publication and web site will offer “coverage with a twist,” promises Tim Nedoba, the president and director of sales and marketing for Reach Out Marketing, the company which will publish GoGUIDE.

“The twist will manifest itself in many forms,” Nedoba said. “Every issue will have a different theme. The next issue may have a totally different perspective. It will always have different contributors. It will be interactive. It will encourage discussions.”

In addition, Nedoba also plans to develop partnerships between advertisers and readers. “It will always be local. It won't be static. It will always be evolving.”

Nedoba said the time is right to launch GoGUIDE.

“The state of Iowa has been without a print LGBTQ publication for years,” Nedoba said. “The greater Iowa City area is seeing tremendous growth in population and it is home to the University of Iowa, so I believe there is a real need and demand for this publication. The LGBTQ community needs a strong voice and an advocate. It's my hope that GoGUIDE will help serve that need.” 
Nedoba hopes that if GoGUIDE is a success, there will be more publications targeted to the LGBT community in Iowa.
“It is my hope to expand to a statewide network,” Nedoba said. “Of course, that won't happen overnight. So far, response has been positive to the idea. Ultimately, it will be the reader and advertiser that will decide whether it succeeds or fails. I'm certainly going to give it my best effort."
IN THE NEWS
Volume 18
Issue 4

DIVA magazine has new lesbian owners

by Joe Siegel

U.K.-based DIVA magazine has recently been acquired by Twin Media Group. First published in 1994, DIVA has long been at the forefront of the lesbian media world.

Twin Media’s owners and founders are Silke Bader and Linda Riley. Bader is a global leader in lesbian media, owning Curve in the U.S. and Australia’s LOTL. Riley is the former publisher of g3 magazine, a British lesbian magazine that went online only in 2013.

This is the first time in the magazine’s history that it has been completely lesbian-owned. Bader announced there will be no changes in the magazine's staffing structure and “anticipate growing the DIVA team in the near future, especially with regard to our digital offerings.”

“Right now we have plans to focus on as many aspects of lesbian lifestyle as possible,” Bader said. “Linda has grown up with DIVA, which is an important part of lesbian history and culture and we want to help it grow and develop in line with the changes of modern culture.”

Bader said DIVA will print columns from some prominent lesbian writers, and opinions from readers will be solicited by DIVA's staff.
“One of the first things we will do is survey the readers and find out what they would like to see more of in the magazine too.”

DIVA is the only monthly glossy newsstand magazine for lesbians and bisexual women in the U.K.

IN THE NEWS
Volume 18
Issue 4

NLGJA releases new transgender style guidelines

by Joe Siegel

In June, the Pentagon ended its ban on openly transgender Americans serving in the U.S. military. In response, the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) released a new set of guidelines for journalists to ensure fair and accurate coverage.

According to the guidelines, it is acceptable to refer to a "transgender woman" or "transgender man" on first reference. However, subsequent references should refer to a transgender woman as a "woman" and a transgender man as a “man."

Additionally, NLGJA recommends:

As per AP style, one should use the name and pronouns that someone prefers. It’s not about drivers’ licenses, birth certificates or military ID.

Birth names and gender are not relevant when covering individuals without prior name recognition.

It is not about surgeries and hormones. If a person wants to talk about private medical history, fine, but one’s gender identity and right to be respected aren’t dependent on taking such actions, nor are these necessary public topics.

Avoid playing into stereotypes. Not all trans people are seeking to become the archetype of the gender to which they are transitioning. And, at the same time, lots of people who don’t change gender aren’t necessarily the physical epitome of what one thinks of as a man or woman. Avoid subjective assessments of how someone passes.

Sex assigned at birth, gender and sexual orientation are three different, but related aspects of every individual. The military segregates by male and female gender, therefore someone’s sex assigned at birth and surgery history is not relevant to the standards they must adhere to according to their gender identity.

More guidelines can be found in NLGJA's Stylebook on LGBT Terminology at nlgja.org/stylebook/.
IN THE NEWS
Volume 18
Issue 4

PRESSING QUESTIONS: Georgia Voice of Atlanta

Interview with Co-Founder/Owner and Managing Partner Chris Cash
by Joe Siegel

Geographic coverage area: Atlanta and other major Georgia cities

Year founded: 2010

Staff size and breakdown (writers, editors, designers, etc.): Editorial staff includes Editor Darian Aaron, Deputy Editor Patrick Saunders, Art Director Rob Boeger, and dozens of freelance writers and columnists. Business staff includes Publisher Tim Boyd, Managing Partner Chris Cash, and Sales Executives Anne Clark and Dixon Taylor.

Physical dimensions of publication: 10” x 10.5”

Average page count: 36

Key demographics: 57% male, 40% female, 3% other. 76% are college grads, 32% are post-grads. 50% have an income of $75,000-plus. 61% own their home. 55% make annual donations to LGBT organizations.

Print run: 8,000. 10,000 for special issues such as Pride, Black Gay Pride and Best of Atlanta.

Web site: http://www.thegavoice.com

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PPQ: What feature or features of Georgia Voice have been the most popular with readers?

Managing Partner Chris Cash: Local news and politics, by far. Our readers look to us as the most trusted source of news and events in their local community.

PPQ: Who came up with the name and what is the inspiration for it?

Cash: The founders held a community meeting in December 2009 and offered three names from which to choose. The overwhelming choice was Georgia Voice. Southern Voice (owned then by Window Media) had closed its doors in late 2009, leaving Atlanta without an LGBT newspaper for the first time in more than 20 years. Along with myself, Laura Douglas-Brown, Editor of Southern Voice, and Tim Boyd, former sales executive with Southern Voice, joined forces to launch a newspaper to fill the void and to create a media company to serve all of LGBT Georgia.

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

Cash: Money. The lack of it. Free publications depend on advertising to pay the bills. Print advertising, especially local, has fallen off dramatically in the past 10 years or so. Web advertising brings in a small percentage of our revenue. National print ads have become of utmost importance to local gay pubs. Fortunately, our annual LGBT travel guide, "Destination: Gay Atlanta," has become very popular and brings in significant revenue for us. We also publish the guide to Out on Film, Atlanta's annual LGBT film festival, which also boosts our revenue.

PPQ: What challenge or challenges is Georgia Voice facing now?

Cash: The same one since our inception. Limited revenue means limited staff, limited press run, limited marketing. We do a fantastic job of covering our community with the resources we have, however, and are by no means in financial trouble. It is just frustrating that we cannot do more. We always want to do more and do it better.

PPQ: How has Georgia Voice changed since it was first launched?

Cash: We redesigned our logo, masthead, cover and inside pages a few years ago. Our website has been updated several times, and the number of visitors there has increased exponentially since we launched in 2010. The editorial staff posts numerous daily updates there as well as on our Facebook page, Twitter and YouTube. We now have almost 13,000 Facebook followers, and when a big story breaks, it will reach tens of thousands and inspire hundreds of comments and shares. Social media is a priority for us, and we constantly look at ways we can grow it.

PPQ: What one change would you like to make? 

Cash: We would love to have a dedicated staff member for social media and marketing. That is number one on our wish list as it would also free the editorial staff to cover more local news.

PPQ: What has been the biggest news story or stories Georgia Voice has covered?

Cash: Orlando — the biggest story any LGBT publication has covered whether directly or indirectly. The hardest and saddest and most shocking story of our lives. I have been in LGBT publishing for almost 30 years, had numerous friends die from AIDS, witnessed numerous historical events culminating in the legalization of same-sex marriage,  but Orlando — the significance of that massacre cannot be overstated. It will change us.

PPQ: On the Kinsey Scale of 0-6 [exclusively straight to totally gay], how gay is your publication?

Cash: Is there a 7?

PPQ: Do you see yourself as an “activist journalist”? If so, in what way?

Cash: I see myself as a journalist. Period. Of course we are biased for our own community, but that does not mean we do not strive to uphold the standards and practices of fair reporting. Honestly, I do not know what the term "activist journalist" intends to describe. We are activists because of our involvement in the community. We are journalists because we publish a newspaper. We do our best to not get involved in the politics and disagreements within our own community. We do not choose "sides" in any of these debates or give more coverage to one side or the other.

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

Cash: That we are homophobic because we do not add "Q" or "I" to LGBT. Obviously, [it was] someone who has never experienced actual homophobia and all its ugliness and wants to criticize those who fight against it every day.

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

Cash: Make damn sure you love not only journalism, but know at least the basics of how to manage and grow a business. If you are clueless about business, partner with someone who does. Raise enough seed money to cover at least a year of expenses. Be prepared to work harder than you ever have for the least amount of pay you have ever received. Sounds fun, doesn't it?

PRESSING QUESTIONS
Volume 18
Issue 4

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

TRANSITIONS AND MILESTONES

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

THE ADVOCATE has been honored by LOGO’s third annual TRAILBLAZER HONORS television special, which was simulcast on June 25 on VH1 and LOGO. Iconic star of stage and screen HARVEY FIERSTEIN was the other honoree. The show was executive produced by CHRIS MCCARTHY, AMY DOYLE, RYAN KROFT, and CHRIS WILLIAMS for LOGO. MATT FLANDERS was co-executive producer. JOE BOUYE and LEAH LANE serve as executives in charge of production for LOGO. WENDY PLAUT, GINA ESPOSITO and MARCIA LANSDOWN are executives in charge of talent and music for LOGO.

AMBUSH MAGAZINE, based in New Orleans and led by publisher/editor RIP NAQUIN, helped unite 18 LGBT bars and clubs in the city to stand together in support of the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Fla. On Saturday, June 18, for New Orleans Pride, participating clubs hung a banner outside of their businesses proclaiming, “We Are Pulse,” to salute the victims of the recent shooting.
Diane Anderson-Minshall

DIANE ANDERSON-MINSHALLeditor at large of THE ADVOCATE and editor in chief of HIV PLUS MAGAZINE, was honored by the NATIONAL LESBIAN AND GAY JOURNALISTS ASSOCIATION (NLGJA) in Los Angeles on June 23, 2016. The organization presented her with the 2016 LISA BEN Award for Achievement in Features Coverage. The award bears the pen name of EDITH EYDE, the creator and distributor of the first known U.S. lesbian publication and inaugural winner of the award in 2014. NLGJA established the award to honor a journalists whose body of work is distinguished by insight and impact through engaging features on LGBT individuals, the LGBT community or LGBT issues. CYD ZIEGLER, co-founder of OUTSPORTS.COM, was presented with the award in 2015.

GAY CITY NEWS, based in New York City, came out of this year’s NEW YORK PRESS ASSOCIATION’s Better Newspaper Contest with recognition in 13 categories. The newspaper won First Place for Editorial Writing, and Second Place for Coverage of Elections and Politics, for Best Editorial Pages, and for Coverage of Religion. KELLY COGSWELL earned a Third Place Award for Best Column. Photographers DONNA ACETO and MICHAEL LUONGO won a Third Place Award for Photographic Excellence. A Third Place Award went to ANDY HUMM, DUNCAN OSBORNE and PAUL SCHINDLER for Coverage of Crime and Police. MICHAEL SHIREY won a Third Place Award for Best Multi-Advertiser Pages. Honorary Mentions were given to Gay City News for Best News Web Site, Special Holiday Edition, Best Front Page, Overall Design Excellence, and Writer of the Year.

PHILADELPHIA GAY NEWS (PGN) published its 100-page 40th anniversary issue on April 8, 2016.

UNITY: JOURNALISTS FOR DIVERSITY held its third annual Diversity Caucus on June 17, 2016, in Washington, D.C., in order to bring together industry partners who believe in making American newsrooms more diverse. UNITY is an umbrella organization for the NATIONAL LESBIAN AND GAY JOURNALISTS ASSOCIATION (NLGJA), the ASIAN AMERICAN JOURNALISTS ASSOCIATION, and the NATIVE AMERICAN JOURNALISTS ASSOCIATION.

WINDY CITY TIMES, based in Chicago, has published THE OUT! GUIDE: CHICAGO’S LGBTQ VISITOR’S GUIDE. The 124-page guide include a quick reference to travel and accommodations and a guide to the city's many neighborhoods. The guide will be distributed throughout Illinois and in neighboring states, and is available as a free download on the Windy City Times website. View the low-res version at the link: http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/pdf/outchicagolgbtqvisitorguide_low.pdf . View the high-res version at the link: http://www.windycitymediagroup.com/pdf/outchicagolgbtqvisitorguide_hi.pdf . U.S. visitors can also request a free copy to be mailed to them, on a limited basis, by emailing editor@windycitymediagroup.com with the full name and mailing address for the copy to be mailed.

TRANSITIONS AND MILESTONES
Volume 18
Issue 3

LGBT reporters mourn while covering Orlando massacre

by Chuck Colbert

The shooting at Orlando’s Pulse, an LGBT nightclub, was the largest mass murder in modern U.S. history. A lone gunman, for whatever reason, went on a rampage, killing 49 people and leaving 53 wounded, mostly Latinos.

As Watermark, an LGBT publication based in Orlando, put it, “Orlando is in mourning.”

“On June 12, we woke up to a world that is different. A world that looks darker and feels more dangerous than it did just one day before,” wrote Jamie Hyman, Watermark’s director of digital media. “We stretched, rolled over and checked our phones. Our eyes widened and we raised our hands to our mouths, shocked and appalled to learn the news: the previous night, a man named Omar Mateen had armed himself and entered Pulse, a gay nightclub located downtown. He opened fire.”

Press Pass Q spoke with and emailed several LGBT journalists on the ground in Orlando and across the state of Florida to get their reaction to the mass shooting.

Steve Rothaus, a gay beat reporter for the Miami Herald, offered his perspective over the telephone.

“I happened to be awake at 5 a.m., got up, and checked my computer,” he said. “I saw that people on Facebook were exchanging messages about this shooting. I looked, and it was an Orlando gay bar. I knew nothing about casualties, but I knew it wasn’t going to be good. Once I was online, I started to hear from people who had contacts in law enforcement, and they began to tell me this was really going to be bad. The police in Orlando knew it was going to be really bad. 

“We were hearing casualties like 20 to 25 people.  No one dreamed it would be as many casualties as it was. I just went into action. I put a message on my Facebook wall. Once I got the name of the place, I asked anyone [who] had been to Pulse to contact me directly. I began to hear from people and friends who had worked there.

“Then I heard of a person who had been in the club who posted a first-hand account on Facebook. I contacted him and spoke with him directly. By 10 a.m., I had my story online.”

Press Pass Q also spoke with a local resident, Paul Peterzell, who has lived in Orlando since 1977.

“I am astonished that something this horrific could happen to my beloved city,” he said over the telephone. “People come to this city for many joyous reasons and not to be faced with unthinkable tragedy. The tragedy is sad and upsetting.”

Michael K. Lavers and Kevin Naff of the Washington Blade were both on the ground in Orlando.

For Lavers, the Blade’s international editor, “The most important thing for me here in Orlando is to share the stories of those who lost their lives in this senseless tragedy and to humanize them as best as I possibly can in my coverage. It is also important to show how the Pulse Nightclub massacre has impacted the local community — and show how it has come together to support each other and to stand in defiance of the gunman who shattered their city. I have seen a lot of bad things as a journalist throughout my career, but there is nothing that can possibly prepare you for covering the worst mass shooting in U.S. history from the city in which it happened. The fact that this gunman targeted members of the LGBT community makes it even that much worse.”

Lavers has found it difficult not to become emotionally affected by the tragedy. “There are times when I think that I'm okay, and then something unexpectedly triggers my emotions and all I can do is take a moment and allow them to come out. I have a 5-year-old nephew in New Hampshire who I absolutely adore, and seeing parents bring their young children who are around his age to memorials here in Orlando is usually the thing that brings me to tears. You take a few moments to cry — and even sob as I have done on a couple of occasions — and then you go back and try to do the best you can to cover the story.”

Lavers said he has been particularly affected by the story of Alejandro Barrios Martínez, a 21-year-old Cuban national who was killed inside Pulse. “He left Cuba in 2014, and his mother had not seen him since,” said Lavers. “The news that the U.S. granted her a visa to travel to Orlando to attend his funeral nearly brought me to tears. It was also a bright spot in what has been a very dark week here in what was once known as the Happiest Place on Earth.”

Lavers was part of President Obama’s press pool. He reported on Obama’s remarks at a makeshift memorial: “Obama called the massacre at Pulse as ‘an attack on the LGBT community.’” 

Blade Editor Naff noted that it was important for his newspaper to have reporters in Orlando. "As mainstream media so often ignore or underreport the LGBT angles to our stories, I thought it was important for us to be here on the ground, talking to our own community and telling our own stories. The LGBT community in Orlando has displayed an uncommon dignity and strength this week, suppressing their tears while working hard to raise money for victims, collect donations and deliver supplies to overburdened crisis centers and blood donation facilities, to fly grief-stricken family members to town for funerals and more. It's humbling to be here and the attack on one of our physical spaces, the Pulse, reminds us of the importance of helping our own, and writing about our own."

Jason Parsley, associate publisher at Ft. Lauderdale-based South Florida Gay News, offered his perspective. 

“I'm attempting to cover it locally as best we can. Nationally, there are many news outlets that are going to turn over every stone. There is so much happening at once that it's difficult to capture everything but we're going to do our best,” said Parsley. “There are really no words to fully describe a tragedy like this. Heartbroken is really the best I can do. We have lots of vigils going on down here so that’s the bulk of our local coverage right now. It’s devastated the LGBT community down here. Everyone is heartbroken. Orlando is just around the corner from us and this atrocity could have very well taken place down here.”

The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA), and the National Gay Media Association (NGMA) all issued statements.

GLAAD president and chief executive officer Sarah Kate Ellis said, in a statement, "This atrocity was an attack on the LGBT community, it was an attack on our country, and it was an attack on the core American values of equality and freedom for everyone. Whether the gunman's homophobia spurred from hatred of others or hatred of himself, this is homophobia all the same. And it's sadly just the latest example of homophobia turning to horrific violence, just as it has for decades."

For its part, NLGJA offered tips for journalists covering the Pulse massacre:

“Don’t assume someone’s sexual orientation. If it’s germane to the story (likely, in covering the Orlando shooting), ask how the person identifies.

“Don’t assume someone’s gender identity. If it’s germane to the story (possibly, in covering the Orlando shooting), ask how the person identifies.

“Don’t use ‘gay’ to include lesbian, bisexual or transgender. It’s OK to use ‘gay’ in headlines for space, but make sure to explain it further in the story.

“Don’t use ‘homosexual’ unless it’s in a medical context. Use gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or whatever term the person uses to self-identify.”

And the National Gay Media Association (NGMA) said its members were “stunned at the mass shooting.”

“Our hearts go out to the entire Orlando community,” said Leo Cusimano, publisher of the Dallas Voice and president of NGMA. “We lend our support to the community of Orlando, and the LGBTQ community nationally, as we all cope with the incredible sadness and anger this tragedy has caused.”

“Individuals in the LGBTQ community have been targeted for violence frequently over the years, but nothing on this scale,” said Tracy Baim, spokesperson for NGMA and publisher of Chicago’s Windy City Times. “We want to encourage the community to show their support by donating to the victims at https://www.gofundme.com/2942a444.
We also send our support to our member paper Watermark during this difficult time for their community."

NGMA, a membership organization of 12 of the country’s top regional LGBT media, works to help member newspapers. Orlando’s Watermark newspaper joined NGMA in 2015 (http://www.nationalgaymediaassociation.com).

Finally, Cathy Renna, managing partner at Target Cue, a public relations and strategic communications firm, said over the telephone, “It’s interesting as we see mainstream media become more sophisticated, LGBT media is challenged. In this case there are several issues that LGBT media were quicker to include and were part of the conversation, particularly that this was an LGBT Latino venue.”

Renna added, “This was about our community. It was so devastating, so overwhelming for all of us. We all felt it. I don’t think that came across as much in mainstream media.”

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