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BOSTON SPIRIT publisher DAVID ZIMMERMAN is credited with convincing all four of Boston’s major sports teams — Celtics, Patriots, Red Sox, and Bruins — to send their mascots to march in the city’s annual Pride parade in June 2016. BOSTON HERALD columnist STEVE BUCKLEY accompanied the float.

David Zimmerman of
Boston Spirit
THE CENTRAL VOICE, based in Middletown, Penn., introduced its redesigned format in its July/August 2017 issue. This is the first redesign for the newspaper in its 14-year history.

THE LEATHER JOURNAL, based in Los Angeles, published its 300th issue in June 2017.

LYNETTE MATUSIK is the new columnist with Charlotte, N.C.-based QNOTES. The column will chronicle the writer’s transition from biological male to transgender female. She also works as a circus arts performer and teacher.

MAX, based in St. Louis, Mo., published its first issue in July 2017. It’s tagline is “Maximizing St. Louis Lifestyle.” DARIN SLYMAN and JAMES LESCH are co-owners, with Slyman serving as CEO and Lesch serving as publisher. LAREN HEALEY is the editor.

RIP NAQUIN, publisher of New Orleans-based AMBUSH, died August 15, 2017, of kidney failure. He was 63. Naquin and his partner, with whom he ran the magazine, were the first New Orleans couple to register as domestic partners when that law went into effect in 1993. They officially married in New York in 2013 on their 40th anniversary together.

Rip Naquin of Ambush
OUR LIVES MAGAZINE, based in Madison, Wisc., announced that BRIANNE MUELLER has joined the staff as the publication’s new sales administrator. The magazine also celebrated its 10th anniversary with its July/August 2017 issue.

RAGE MONTHLY, based in San Diego, Calif., has been selected to be the LGBT publication found in each of the 286 rooms of the new luxury Jeremy Hotel located in West Hollywood. The magazine also celebrated its 10 anniversary with its June 2017 issue.

SPENCER WILLIAMS has joined Iowa City-based GOGUIDE as the magazine’s new cinema columnist and assistant editor. Spencer's first work will appear in the September 15 back-to-school issue. His columns will also appear online at

THE WINDY CITY TIMES, based in Chicago, will sponsor its third annual WERQ! LGBT Job Fair on September 22, 2017, at the Center on Halsted. More than 70 corporations, small businesses, government agencies and nonprofits are scheduled to participate.

Volume 19
Issue 5

NLGJA confab to be held in Philly, but without LGBT Media Summit

by Joe Siegel and Fred Kuhr

Over 300 journalists, media professionals, and news executives are expected to gather for annual convention of The Association of LGBTQ Journalists (aka NLGJA). This year's event will be held September 7-10 at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel in Philadelphia.

Unlike past years, however, there will be no LGBT Media Summit. Instead, LGBT content will be spread out over the three days of the convention.

NLGJA president
Jen Christensen
“Essentially, we analyzed the attendance and found that very few attendees came just for the LGBTQ Media Summit," said NLGJA president and convention co-chair Jen Christensen. "Most people came for the entire convention. Additionally, we got feedback from our members who work outside the LGBTQ media who asked if they too could have more access to the LGBTQ-themed panels. We thought if we spread the panels out, everyone could benefit from them and also we would have additional time to expand the more general professional programming.”

She noted, however, “For those who are in the LGBTQ media specifically, we are bringing back the caucus gatherings so that there will be a chance for folks to gather as a group as well. I want to make sure our convention is as inclusive and as accessible as possible.”

The convention's opening reception will be held on September 7. Good Morning America meteorologist Sam Champion will lead a panel to discuss what it is like to be out on the air as a meteorologist.

Philadelphia was selected as this year’s location due to its cultural diversity, according to Christensen.

“People in the city have always been so welcoming to NLGJA,” Christensen said. “There’s also so much to do, there’s incredible history there, there’s a strong and interesting LGBTQ community, and the location — with it being a major media market and being so close to other major media markets that would make it an easy trip for our members — was ideal.”
Another highlight of the convention will be when Ari Shapiro interviews National Public Radio’s Terry Gross about her career as host of Fresh Air, followed by an audience Q&A session.

“Finding Your Voice With Mo Rocca” features the contributor and correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning. Rocca will discuss bringing his perspective and voice to feature reporting on arts and culture. This will be moderated by CBS Sunday Morning executive producer Rand Morrison.

The Washington Post and former NLGJA president Steven Petrow will moderate an all-convention plenary of newsroom leaders to include USA Today’s Randy Lovely, Huffington Post’s Lydia Polgreen, Reuters’ Steve Adler, CNN’s Ed O’Keefe and others to talk about the future of media.

Plenaries include Social Media Reporting, Google News Lab, Fundamentals of YouTube for Content Creators, Pathway to Podcasting, Vamping and Improvising On the Air, and “In the Life” 30 Years Later: The Legacy of Joe Beam.

A plenary looking at the best ways to cover President Trump will feature NPR’s Marilyn Geewax, PBS’ John Yang, and Fox News’ Ellen Ratner.

Another plenary session — “Silent Epidemics: How media can shed light on health disparities and violence in the transgender community — will feature Dawn Ennis, Bethany Grace Howe, Frances Fernandes, and Kevin Steffens.

Some of the other features of the convention include a Women's Networking Dinner, Travel Writers Caucus Reception, Diversity Reception, an Author's Cafe that includes a book signing, and opportunities for professional development at the Career and Community Expo.

“Every year we continue to build on the success from the year before,” said Christensen. “This year we’ve got more great workshops, we’ve added an entire section focused on investigative work through a collaboration with Investigative Reporters and Editors ( We are operating in one of the most interesting times for journalists. Our members will certainly hear from the industry’s leaders about the direction media is heading in and how they can best position themselves for success going forward.”

In anticipation of this year’s event, NLGJA has already announced that next year’s convention will be held September 6-9 at the Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs in Palm Springs, Calif.

“I’m sure I echo our members on the West Coast in saying that I’m very excited for NLGJA’s national convention to return to California,” said NLGJA executive director Adam Pawlus. “Palm Springs has long been a popular destination for the LGBTQ community, so I’ve no doubt that the city and our convention attendees will welcome each other with open arms.”

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Volume 19
Issue 5

NLGJA announces Excellence in Journalism winners

by Fred Kuhr

Ahead of its annual convention next month in Philadelphia, NLGJA announced the recipients of its 2016 Excellence in Journalism Award winners. The highest individual awards, NLGJA Journalist of the Year and Sarah Pettit Memorial Award for the LGBTQ Journalist of the Year, were awarded to Katie Barnes and Erik Hall, respectively.

Katie Barnes
Hall is being honored because of his work writing for the website OutSports during 2016. Barnes also covers sports, writing for

"We are thrilled each year by the work that is nominated for NLGJA's Excellence in Journalism Awards," said NLGJA president Jen Christensen, "and this year was no different. All of the award recipients are doing their fair share to advance NLGJA's mission of promoting fair and accurate LGBTQ coverage, and it is our privilege to recognize their outstanding work."

NLGJA’s Excellence in Journalism Awards were established in 1993 to foster, recognize and reward excellence in journalism on issues related to the LGBT community. Last year the awards were expanded to 30 categories and this year included the creation of the Excellence in Religion Coverage Award.

With support from the Gannett Foundation, the Al Neuharth Award for Innovation in Investigative Journalism was presented to Meredith Talusan with Matthew Rodriguez, Anna Swartz, Brianna Provenzano and Marie Solis for “Unerased: Counting Transgender Lives.” The award includes a $5,000 grant.

The awards will be formally presented throughout the NLGJA convention September 7-10 in Philadelphia.

Erik Hall
The complete list of award winners include:

Special Recognition Awards:

NLGJA Journalist of the Year Award

Sarah Pettit Memorial Award for the LGBTQ Journalist of the Year

The Al Neuharth Award for Innovation in Investigative Journalism
Meredith Talusan, with Mathew Rodriguez, Anna Swartz, Brianna Provenzano and Marie Solis for “Unerased: Counting Transgender Lives,”

Print/Online Awards:

Excellence in Book Writing

Excellence in Feature Writing Award
Erin Allday for “Last Men Standing,” San Francisco Chronicle

Excellence in Feature Writing Award (Non-daily)
Jeff Chu for “Spirituality in LGBTQ Uganda,” Medium

Excellence in News Writing Award
Lauren McGaughy for “Coverage of LGBT Platform Issues (Republican National Convention),” The Dallas Morning News

Excellence in News Writing Award (Non-daily)

Excellence in Photojournalism Award
Michael Zamora for “Trans in Iowa,” The Des Moines Register

Excellence in Profile Writing Award

Excellence in Sports Writing Award

Excellence in Student Journalism Award
Louis Finley for “PrEP Continues to Face Stigma and Uncertainty,” NLGJA CONNECT: Student Journalism Project

Excellence in Travel Writing Award

Digital Awards:

Excellence in Blogging
Tim Fitzsimons for “SCRUFFtistics: 2016 Election Survey,”

Excellence in a Digital Edition Award
Manny Velasquez-Paredes, JJ Vega, Xioger Sandoval, David Duran and Ross Christianson for “Travel Heels,” Connextions Magazine

Excellence in Digital Video Award
Santiago Garcia, Jordi Oliveres, Gerry Martinez and Fer Gonzales for “Willing and Able”, Fusion

Excellence in Multimedia Award
Peter Rowe, Howard Lipin, Luis Cruz and Lara Hochuli for “How a Girl Born at 2 Pounds Became a Happy Boy,” The San Diego Union-Tribune

Excellence in Online Journalism Award
J. Bryan Lowder and June Thomas for “The Lesbian Issue,” Slate - Outward

Editorial Awards:

Excellence in Column Writing
Derrick Clifton for “Derrick Clifton on Identity, Culture, and Social Justice,” Chicago Reader

Excellence in Opinion/Editorial Writing Award

Broadcast Awards:

Excellence in Documentary Award
Lizzie Gottlieb, Carmen L. Vicencio, Justine Nagan, Christopher Hastings and Chris White for “America ReFramed - Romeo Romeo,” WORLD Channel

Excellence in Local Television Award
Megan Mitchell and Cliff Naylor for “Two Spirits,” KFYR-TV

Excellence in Network Television Award
ESPN/E:60 for “E:60 Life as Matt,” ESPN

Excellence in Podcasts Award
Marlo Mack, Jim Gates and Whitney Henry-Lester for “How to Be a Girl,” KUOW

Excellence in Radio Award
Jeff Tiberii, Jess Clark, Elizabeth Baier, Dave DeWitt and Brent Wolfe for “HB2 Coverage,” North Carolina Public Radio WUNC

Coverage Awards:

Excellence in Bisexual Coverage Award

Excellence in Health or Fitness Coverage
Michelle Nash for “No League of Their Own: Transgender Athletes,” Fusion

Excellence in HIV/AIDS Coverage Award
Erin Allday for “Last Men Standing,” San Francisco Chronicle

Excellence in Religion Coverage Award
Jason DeRose, Tom Gjelten, Marisa PeƱaloza, Anna King, Andrea Smardon and Stina Sieg for “God vs. Gay: Bridging the Divide,” NPR

Excellence in Transgender Coverage Award
Daniel Trotta, Letitia Stein, Jon Herskovitz, Colleen Jenkins and Daniel Wiessner for “The Battle for Transgender Rights,” Reuters

Volume 19
Issue 5 now owned by LA LGBT community center

by Fred Kuhr

The Los Angeles LGBT Center has acquired the popular website domain as a donation from its current owners, VS Media, and its flagship live cam site Flirt4Free. VS Media estimates the value of the domain to be $6.9 million.

The URL now redirects to the Center’s newly launched blog, Vanguard ( Vanguard shares stories related to the people who are helped by the Center and the organization’s programs and services.

“We’ve only just begun to think about future possibilities for the domain,” said Jim Key, the Center’s chief marketing officer. “But for now, the traffic from to our new blog will help even more people learn how we’re building a world where LGBT people thrive as healthy, equal, and complete members of society.”

After acquiring the domain last year and transforming it into an online hub for LGBT individuals looking for a community, VS Media and Flirt4Free executives hatched a concept to transform the domain into something that would provide the maximum amount of support for the LGBT community, thus creating the “ Charity Challenge.” The company invited five of the top LGBT charities and asked them to provide a proposal by July 1 detailing how the organization planned to use the site in order to further the organization’s mission while supporting the LGBT community as a whole.

“We were thrilled to see the enthusiasm and ideas the challenge brought forth by the various charities,” said Flirt4Free president Gregory Clayman. “We believe that if the Los Angeles LGBT Center follows its plans as outlined, its efforts with the domain will have a massive impact on the organization’s charity and the LGBT community not only in Los Angeles but everywhere.” debuted in 1997 and has been previously owned by PlanetOut and Here Media.

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Issue 5

PRESSING QUESTIONS: Our Lives Magazine of Madison, Wisconsin

Interview with Publisher Patrick Farabaugh
by Joe Siegel

Geographic coverage area: Across Wisconsin with an editorial focus on Madison

Year founded: 2007

Staff size and breakdown: (writers, editors, designers, etc.): Four on staff, with a roster of over 75 contributors

Physical dimensions of publication: 8.375” wide by 10.875” tall

Average page count: 70

Key demographics: Median age is 42. Two-thirds identify as female, one-third as male. 55% are in relationships and living together. 61% earn $50,000 or more per year. Approximate annual household income of $75,000.

Print run: 8,500 (Total reach of 21,250)


PPQ: What feature or features of Our Lives have been the most popular with readers?

Publisher Patrick Farabaugh: Every January we publish our “Love List” to recognize and celebrate our readers’ relationships. Hundreds of relationships from every corner of the state submit their relationship along with a photo for inclusion. It always creates a really moving portrait of what LGBTQ love looks like across Wisconsin (

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

Farabaugh: I came up with the name because it spoke to the vision I had for the kind of community I hoped we’d build together. I’m uninterested in being another LGBTQ media that pushes out celebrity interviews filled with canned talking points and catchphrases. To me, digging locally for the real human interest stories about the everyday people here are far more compelling. They help shine a light on what it looks like to navigate all aspects of LGBTQ life in this community. It’s important for us to prioritize journeys of personal growth in our profiles because the humanity and vulnerability that comes out in those narratives is something we can all relate and connect to.

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

Farabaugh: There isn’t a mold for what we do. Over the years, it has felt like we’ve worked to define a new kind of community media. Although news is a facet of what we do, it’s never been our focus.

PPQ: What challenge or challenges is Our Lives facing now?

Farabaugh: The political climate is certainly challenging. Under Obama, many people became complacent with the progress we made during his administration. It’s been sobering to see those same people who checked out over those years check back in now that they’re waking up to how real and fragile our rights are.

PPQ: How has Our Lives changed since it was first launched?

Farabaugh: I don’t know if we’ve changed really, but we’ve certainly evolved. Every anniversary issue I go back and reread my Publisher’s Note from our first issue. It always strikes me how much focus and clarity we’ve had in our vision since the first day. As we’ve grown, we’ve just continued to find ways to expand that vision, but we’ve never really had to change it. 

PPQ: What one change would you like to make?

Farabaugh: Again, not a change really as much as it is an expansion.  We’re beginning to explore producing our own events. 

PPQ: What has been the biggest news story or stories Our Lives has covered?

Farabaugh: The one that’s gotten the most attention was when Wisconsin’s marriage ban was struck down. We anticipated it coming, and had a full roll out ready to drop as soon as the ruling was released.

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

Farabaugh: We’re definitely a 6. All of our content is both LGBTQ and local. We don’t use wire services at all and our editorial format helps foster more content than we could ever publish.

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

Farabaugh: That seems to have become the label placed on any marginalized media right now by groups who want to brand them as an opposition voice. In ways, it is similar to saying we promote the “homosexual agenda.” At our core, we just want to help our community live happy, healthy lives. Part of doing that is by fostering a space where we can all learn and grow from each other. The same people who become resistant to that growth, or to change, are often the ones who move to using divisive language. We’re always mindful to be inclusive. Maybe “inclusion advocate” is a better term for our brand of journalism.

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

Farabaugh: We’ve often been met with surprise when new readers discover we’re a local publication because the quality of our product keeps pace with much larger national titles.

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

Farabaugh: Question why you want to do it. What need is it filling? What value do you bring to the lives of your readers? If you can answer these things with measured confidence, then follow your heart and try. No matter the outcome, the personal growth you’ll experience will be invaluable.

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