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
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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
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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
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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
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