Thursday, June 21, 2018

TRANSITIONS AND MILESTONES

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

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.

TRANSITIONS AND MILESTONES
Volume 20
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.”

TOP STORY
Volume 20
Issue 3

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 LeatherList.org, 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.

IN THE NEWS
Volume 20
Issue 3

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, funtravelguides.com.

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.

IN THE NEWS
Volume 20
Issue 3