Thursday, June 21, 2018


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BALTIMORE OUTLOUD celebrated its 16th anniversary in its May 11, 2018, issue.

Henry Goldblatt of
Entertainment Weekly
DALLAS VOICE entered its 35th year of publication with its May 11, 2018, issue.

FOCUS MIDDLE TENNESSEE, based in Memphis, celebrated its first anniversary in its May/June 2018 issue.

HENRY GOLDBLATT, editor in chief of ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, received the LISA BEN Award for Achievement in Features Coverage from NLGLA (The Association of LGBTQ Journalists) at its annual L.A. Exclusive benefit on June 1, 2018.

LAVENDER MAGAZINE, based in Edina, Minn., published its 600th issue on May 24, 2018.

METRO WEEKLY, based in Washington, D.C., entered its 25th year of publication with its May 17, 2018, issue.

Blake Chambers of the
Washington Blade
CARL MITCHELL, author of three memoirs addressing gay life in the 1940s through the ‘60s, died May 14, 2018, after a six-year battle with cancer. He was 86. His books include “Marching To An Angry Drum,” about his romances with men while in the military; “The Home,” about his time in an orphanage while a teen; and “Plum Street,” which recounts his time living in his native Detroit’s hippie neighborhood in the 1960s. He is survived by ROBERT STANLEY, his partner of 47 years.

OUTWORD, based Sacramento, Calif., published its 600th issue on May 10, 2018.

THE WASHINGTON BLADE FOUNDATION announced the launch of a new journalism fellowship focused on LGBT issues in Delaware. The fellowship is named in honor of STEVE ELKINS, a journalist and co-founder of the CAMP Rehoboth LGBT community center. He also served as editor of LETTERS FROM CAMP REHOBOTH for many years as well as executive director of the center. BLAKE CHAMBERS, a Dover resident and 2017 graduate of the University of Delaware who is pursuing a career in journalism, is the inaugural recipient of the fellowship.

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Issue 3

Wisconsin’s Our Lives office vandalized

by Fred Kuhr

Patrick Farabaugh, the publisher of Our Lives Magazine, reported that on May 18 the door of its offices in Madison, Wisc., was smashed in with a rock, an act he said was done “out of intimidation and hate.”

“Someone took the time to find our office and throw a rock squarely through the logo on our door,” Farabaugh wrote in a message to readers, noting that he has never published the address to the magazine’s office in the magazine or on its website. Both have always listed the magazine’s downtown post office box.

“This has been very intentional because we are too small a business — a full-time staff of two — to be able to fully feel safe doing work inside a community that’s often targeted with weaponized rhetoric by one the major political parties in this country,” said Farabaugh. He noted, however, that the street address did appear briefly on its Facebook page because the social network required an address for some features.
As a result of the attack, Farabaugh has started conversations with his building’s maintenance staff about installing security cameras and reviewing other security measures.

This is not the first time Our Lives has been the target of vandalism. Usually, however, incidents are limited to damage to downtown sidewalk distribution boxes. He called this latest incident “an escalation.”

“It would take premeditated action to commit this kind of vandalism. Someone had to leave where they were and travel with the intent of causing harm to the magazine,” said Farabaugh. “This … is the first time that targeting involved a form of real violence where we physically work. That had me pretty shaken up.”

Farabaugh went on to thank readers for their continued support for Our Lives.

“Our free publication is 100 percent advertising-funded. One of the best ways you can help us remain sustainable and strong is to be intentional in your support of the advertisers that choose to be publicly visible in our pages,” according to Farabaugh. “… Our strength is in how strong of a network you help us build, together.”

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Leather Journal looks to new tool for fundraising

by Fred Kuhr

The Leather Journal, a national publication based in Hollywood, Calif., is trying a novel way to raise much-needed funds to keep the publication going.

Publisher and editor Dave Rhodes has announced that the publication has joined forces with the Seattle-based Leather List, a new fundraising organization aimed at assisting leather community organizations. According to Rhodes, Robert O’Dell of the Leather List has invited The Leather Journal to be one of the beneficiaries to be listed.

“While The Leather Journal is not an official nonprofit organization, it has been in need since 2009,” Rhodes wrote in a letter to readers. “While the vast majority of our revenue comes from display advertising, we have been falling short in all but about 10 issues in that span.”

Given that financial situation, Rhodes said he often hears from readers who want the Journal to continue, “especially the print version,” and have expressed an interest in contributing monetarily.

Enter the Leather List, which Rhodes describes as a United Way for leather community organizations. “In a way, [it’s] a shopping center for Leather organizations that need support,” said Rhodes. “… Now, when I am at events and hear Leatherfolk indicate how they see our need and wish to contribute, they can, on the spot. They can do it right on their phone. How many times have I heard from Leatherfolk … how they want to support us while they are at an event that inspires them, only to have them cool off after they get home. This is a normal pattern, not ill will. Now people can do it immediately. Hopefully this changes the game.”

According to Rhodes, anyone can contribute by going to, searching through the charities, and clicking on the ones you want to support. Funds are transferred through PayPal. Leather List does not take a cut.

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FunMaps founder is back with FunTravel Guides

by Joe Siegel

Alan Beck, the creator and publisher of FunMaps, the ubiquitous city-specific guides that showcased the best LGBT travel destinations, is back with FunTravel Guides and its accompanying website,

FunTravel Guides feature a comprehensive look at popular cities including Ft. Lauderdale, Miami, Key West, New York and Toronto. The best hotels, resorts, bars, clubs, attractions, shopping, and annual events for each city are highlighted.

The site will soon expand to cover Atlanta, Chicago, Baltimore, Providence, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Provincetown, Philadelphia, Washington (D.C.) and Vancouver.

Beck created FunMaps with a simple purpose. “My intention was to build a business which would serve the gay and lesbian audience,” Beck explained.

In 2015, Beck sold the 25-year-old travel and leisure publishing company to Multimedia Platforms, the gay-owned parent company of Florida Agenda and Guy magazine. The company was out of business less than 18 months later.

Losing FunMaps was devastating to Beck, but he was determined to provide an improved product to serve LGBT travellers.

Beck reports visitors to the new site have been very responsive, but there will also be printed copies of the travel guides in the future, Beck said. They will be distributed all across the United States and Canada at bars, hotels, clubs and shopping venues.

Beck, citing his advancing years, believes the time will come for him to step down from the business. But for now, he vows his work will continue for many years ahead. “I’ll be leaving this to others, to carry on the torch,” Beck added.

The LGBT tourism industry is a lucrative one. It represents a reported annual $65 billion on gay travel in the United States alone. The gay tourism market in Europe has been estimated at €50 billion (almost $58 billion US) annually by the Gay European Tourism Association.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018


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JOSH BAEZ has been named the HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN’s new vice president of marketing. He previously worked for Viacom Velocity as vice president of marketing operations and strategy. He is the coauthor of “The Gay and Lesbian Guide to College Life.”

BETWEEN THE LINES, based in Livonia, Mich., celebrated its 25th anniversary with its March 8, 2018, issue.

ANDY GARCIA is the new director of Creating Change for the NATIONAL LGBTQ TASK FORCE. He will oversee its annual conference as well as the entire Creating Change Department, including its leadership development programming.

Todd Heywood
KATHY GRIFFIN, the comedian who is in the middle of a comeback, attended the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on April 28, 2018, as a guest of THE WASHINGTON BLADE and THE LOS ANGELES BLADE. Previous Blade guests have included actress LAVERNE COX, professor and commentator MELISSA HARRIS-PERRY, and TV star NENE LEAKES.

TODD HEYWOOD, reporter for Livonia, Mich.-based BETWEEN THE LINES, was honored with The Lansing for Cesar E. Chavez Committee 8th Annual Humanitarian Award at a dinner over Easter weekend. The group chose to honor Heywood because of his history of research and his national recognition related to hate groups and hate violence.

Chris Johnson
CHRIS JOHNSON, White House reporter for THE WASHINGTON BLADE, won honorable mention for the Merriman Smith Award for print, which honours presidential news coverage under deadline pressure, from the White House Correspondents’ Association last month. He won, in part, for being first to report that the current administration fired all members of its AIDS advisory committee a few days after Christmas last year.

METROWEEKLY, based in Washington, D.C., celebrated its 24th anniversary with its May 3, 2018, issue.

MONTROSE STAR, based in Houston, entered its ninth year of publication with its April 4, 2018, issue.

OUTFRONT, based in Denver, entered its 42nd year of publication with its April 4, 2018, issue.

OUTSMART, based in Houston, celebrated its 25th anniversary with its April 2018 issue.

MICHAEL PETTY, husband of PHILADELPHIA GAY NEWS longtime office manager DON PIGNOLET, died April 26, 2018 from complications due to open-heart surgery. He was 73. The couple first met on Halloween 1975 and legally on Dec. 29, 2013.

PHILADELPHIA GAY NEWS won seven Keystone Press Awards, sponsored by the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association. The awards will be given out at June 2, 2018, ceremony. The newspaper won top honors for weekly publications with over 10,000 circulation in the categories of editorial, column, news photo and photo essay. Works by MARK SEGAL, JEREMY RODRIGUEZ, JEN COLLETTA and SCOTT DRAKE were singled out for honors.

QNOTES, based in Charlotte, N.C., entered its 33rd year of publication with its May 4, 2018, issue.

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Activist and PGN founder Mark Segal’s history now part of Smithsonian

by Fred Kuhr

Mark Segal, the founder and publisher of Philadelphia Gay News (PGN), has spent decades making history as part of the LGBT civil rights movement. But now it’s official.

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History received a donation from Segal, documenting his almost 50-year career in LGBT activism.

During a ceremony held May 17, 2018, at the museum, Segal donated personal papers — approximately 16 cubic feet of important and rare journals, flyers, posters, letters and materials that chronicle political developments that cover the 1970s to the present.
Some of the items Mark Segal donated to
the Smithsonian's National Museum of
American History

In addition to his papers, Segal donated artifacts from his personal collection, including the first state-issued Gay Pride Proclamation (1975), buttons and t-shirts. Segal also gave a donation collection can that he used during the 1970 Christopher Street Gay Liberation Day march (recognized as America’s first gay pride celebration) and a flyer for the march, as well as his personal marshal’s badge.

“Few people have been as fearless, creative and relentless in their activism for LGBTQ rights as Mark Segal,” said Katherine Ott, curator at the museum. “The materials he is donating are an insider’s guide to most of the big issues of the past 50 years.”

“We fought for pride, for equal rights, our place in the military and our right to marry the person we love,” Segal said. “I am humbled and honored to know the National Museum of American History will preserve and tell our struggle for generations to come.”

In June 1969, a teenaged Segal travelled from his home in Philadelphia to New York City, and within weeks found himself in the middle of the Stonewall raid and uprising. Following that experience, he helped organize the first New York Pride March in 1970. He helped found or participated in a number of emerging activist groups, including the Gay Activists Alliance, Gay Liberation Front, Action Group, Gay Youth and the Gay Raiders. Segal realized the power of media, and to protest the lack of LGBT television coverage, he interrupted numerous live broadcasts, including leaping in front of Walter Cronkite on the CBS Evening News with a sign that said “Gays Protest CBS Prejudice.” Later, he and Cronkite became friends.

After starting PGN in 1976, he was elected president of the National Gay Media Association. In 2004, he was chosen to be president of the National Gay Newspaper Guild. He was appointed to the Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal Joint Diversity Board as a member at large in 2011. In 2013, he was inducted into the National Lesbian & Gay Journalist Association’s (NLGJA) Hall of Fame. His 2015 memoir “And Then I Danced: Traveling the Road to LGBT Equality” took top prize for “excellence in book writing” at the 2016 NLGJA awards.

“During my book tour over the last three years, when I was introduced, many would call me historic, something that seemed to me a little out of place, so when the Smithsonian called, it began a process of me attempting to understand what I had accomplished and the barriers that were placed in the way,” Segal wrote in a PGN editorial. “… Writing my memoir … gave me a sense of the history I witnessed or created. But when three individuals from the Smithsonian showed up at my front door and explained that America’s history museum wanted my papers, I realized that we fought for pride, for equal rights, for our place in the military and our right to marry the person we love.” (Segal’s full piece is reprinted below at

Materials from the National Museum of American History’s LGBT collections date back to the 19th century. The archival collections include ephemera, oral histories, photographs, posters and entertainment publicity materials. The museum has mounted a number of LGBT history displays over the years, including two marking the 25th and 40th anniversaries of the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City and a showcase exhibit on the 30th anniversary of the emergence of the HIV and AIDS epidemic.

The museum is located on Constitution Avenue N.W., between 12th and 14th streets, and is open daily (except Christmas) from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit

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Issue 2

LA’s The Fight launches San Francisco edition

by Joe Siegel

The Fight magazine, based in Los Angeles, launched a San Francisco edition in April. Editor Stanford Altamirano said the expansion to one of the most competitive media markets in the country seemed natural.

“The Fight sponsors the Folsom Street Fair. We produce the official guide for the event. Working with that market last year, we realized there is room for a glossy monthly publication focusing on culture, lifestyle and politics,” Altamirano said.

Readers can access both publications on The Fight’s web site, However, the magazines have different content. The San Francisco edition’s editorial staff are all based in the city, according to Altamirano.

The April issue featured Bay Area Reporter columnist and leather titleholder Race Bannon discussing “the evolution of kink, the golden age of gay sexual liberation, and San Francisco as the beacon of light in the LGBT world.”

The May issue features mayoral candidate Mark Leno. Leno is the first gay man elected to the California senate and would be the first openly LGBT mayor in the city’s history.

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