RON DORFMAN, a longtime journalist and activist whose work occassionally appeared in the Chicago-based WINDY CITY TIMES, died Feb. 10, 2014, after a battle with heart disease. He and his partner, KEN ILIO, were among the first same-sex couples legally married in Illinois when they wed on Dec. 13, 2013. Dorfman was 73.
HERE MEDIA, owner of THE ADVOCATE and HIV PLUS, garnered several Maggie Award nominations. ADVOCATE.COM was nominated for Best Web Publication for overall content; a series of op-eds by managing editor MICHELLE GARCIA is nominated in the Best Regularly Featured Web, eNewsletter or Digital Edition Column category; Best Use of Social Media for its annual Day In LGBT America event; @GAYSAYER, an LGBT comedy Twitter feed maintained by JAMI SMITH, received a nomination for Best Social Media Community, and HIV PLUS for Best Print Publication in the Special Interest/Consumer category. The Maggies are awarded by the California-based Western Publishing Association.
LETTERS FROM CAMP REHOBOTH, based in Rehoboth Beach, Del., entered its 24th year of publication with its February 7, 2014, issue.
OUTSMART, based in Houston, Tex., entered its 21st year of publication with its February 2014 issue.
SOUTH FLORIDA GAY NEWS, based in Wilton Manors, Fla., celebrated its fourth anniversary in its Jan. 29, 2014, issue.
TAGG, based in Washington, D.C., entered its third year of publication with its January/February 2014 issue.
UNITY: JOURNALISTS FOR DIVERSITY announced the appointment of ELOIZA ALTORO as interim executive director. Altoro will manage and oversee the day-to-day operations of the organization as it conducts a search for a permanent executive director. Altoro is taking over responsibilities from interim executive director Walt Swanson, who is stepping down after a year and a half.
WINDY CITY TIMES, based in Chicago, is hosting a summit May 2-5, 2014, on LGBTQ youth in the Chicago region in order to assess the current issues impacting homeless youth and new solutions to these complex issues. The title of the summit is "Owning Our Lives: Dream It. Speak It. Do It!!" The website for registration, donations and full information is http://chicagosummit.lgbthomelessness.com.
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