PRESS PASS Q
A Newsletter and Trade Publication for the LGBT Media Professional

NOVEMBER 2010 [Vol. 12, No. 8)
A Publication of Rivendell Media

Celebrating 11 years of serving our community of journalists

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Feature: Two-newspaper towns: While some cities are finding only one daily newspaper can survive, multiple LGBT media outlets are thriving in many hotspots
In The News: Lawsuit launched against one of D.C.’s LGBT publications; LGBT marketing survey shows advertisers need to know their specific audience; Chicago’s Windy City Times celebrates, looks back on, 25 years
Letters to the Editor: Why so many male readers? Do gay men outnumber lesbians?
Transitions and Milestones
Bulletin Board
Staff
Contributors to This Issue
Contact Us


FEATURE: Two-newspaper towns: While some cities are finding only one daily newspaper can survive, multiple LGBT media outlets are thriving in many hotspots
by Chuck Colbert

From coast to coast, in cities across the country, increasingly there is more than one LGBT media game in town. Take for example, Atlanta, Baltimore, San Francisco, South Florida, and Washington, D.C. — all have two gay publications. Boston has four LGBT publications. And Chicago has one gay newspaper, a weekly gay bar magazine with some news, and three biweekly gay bar guides.

What all these locations have in common is a surviving, if not thriving, LGBT media market.

Some questions arise, however. What’s the LGBT media landscape like in locations where news and entertainment outlets supposedly compete with each other for readers and advertising revenues? How are editors and publishers branding their products within the LGBT market?

San Francisco, for example, has the Bay Area Reporter [BAR) and the Bay Times. Both are weeklies. Both have websites. But BAR editor Cynthia Laird said recently, “I don't think we really compete with one another on the content side. One look at each of the papers will tell you that we focus on original reporting of various issues, particularly the Castro and local government.”

“We also focus on advance pieces, designed to let readers know about an event or someone coming to town, so that they can choose to go. We do more outside San Francisco, including coverage of LGBT news in Oakland.” Attempts to reach the Bay Times were unsuccessful.

The situation in Atlanta is more complicated. There, Southern Voice and Georgia Voice share an LGBT media landscape shaped partly by the collapse of Window Media/Unite Media. It’s so much more complicated that Georgia Voice publisher Chris Cash put fingers to keyboard explaining the difference between the two outlets.

“Georgia Voice has former Southern Voice staff [Laura Douglas-Brown, Dyana Bagby, Bo Shell, Ryan Watkins, and Tim Boyd) and management [Douglas-Brown and me) but it does not have the name,” Cash wrote earlier this year when both publications emerged on the scene. “The current incarnation of Southern Voice has ... the name.”

How did that happen? Why the confusion? “Because six of the seven staff and managers of Georgia Voice have a history with the old Southern Voice, people assume Georgia Voice is a new version of [Southern Voice],” Cash explained. “Let me be 100 percent clear. Georgia Voice is not Southern Voice, we are not the 'new' Southern Voice, and we are not owned or managed by any of the people who managed Southern Voice between August 1997 and the day it closed forever on Nov. 16, 2009."

Cash continued, “So, you might ask, if Southern Voice ‘closed down forever,’ how is it back on the streets now?”

Keep in mind that Cash incorporated Ryan Publications in 1989, in order to own and publish Southern Voice. She is the founder of the original newspaper [in 1988) and her title throughout the almost 10 years that Cash owned Southern Voice varied from editor to publisher.

But in August 1997, Cash’s Ryan Publications, Inc., sold Southern Voice to Window Media LLC, which owned that publication and several others until Window Media folded last year.

Southern Voice is back “on the streets,” Cash wrote, “because Gaydar Magazine, Inc., bought the remaining Atlanta assets of Window Media, including the rights to the name Southern Voice. … That corporation now publishes a newspaper that it has named Southern Voice. It can do that because it owns the name. The owner of Gaydar Magazine, Inc., was never previously an owner, employee, manager, or publisher of Southern Voice.”

Do Georgia Voice and the new Southern Voice compete editorially? “I don’t feel we compete for coverage,” said Georgia Voice editor Douglas-Brown. “We do what we do and have gotten a great response from the community.” Our aim, she said, “is to be the news source of record for our local LGBT community here in Georgia. That guides all our editorial decisions,” which include “a very strong, in-depth focus on local news, culture and community.”

Is there enough advertising revenue to support two LGBT publications based in Atlanta? “That’s a good question,” said Georgia Voice publisher Cash. And yet, “It’s assuming there are two publications of equal quality, equal management. Now if there were two Georgia Voices, then it would not be possible. But there are not two Georgia Voices out there.”

Southern Voice publisher Matt Neumann has a slightly different take. “Their editorial news side is heavier than ours, while our lifestyle and entertainment is probably a little heavier. We have the established name; they have the established staff. Our readership is probably younger. They have years of established connections with sources and resources. We are building a network, but that takes time.”

Being a two-newspaper town, Neumann went on to say, “Gives Atlanta a choice.” Previously, “Window Media had a stranglehold on what was the voice of Atlanta, the South, and Georgia’s LGBT community.”

Still, is there enough ad revenue to support both publications? “We’re paying the bills,” Neumann said. “We’re healthy. The co-existence [with Georgia Voice] seems to be working right now.”

Meanwhile, yet another hot spot for LGBT media is Broward County, Fla., with two new LGBT publications, Florida Agenda and South Florida Gay News [SFGN). In addition, Steve Rothaus, a longtime gay-beat reporter and blogger for the Miami Herald, reports on LGBT issues.

What differentiates the publications’ content? What about competition for ad revenue? “The Florida Agenda is more feature-oriented and its website updated less frequently than South Florida Gay News, which has a newsier feel,” Rothaus said. “There are probably enough readers in the Fort Lauderdale area for both. It remains to be seen whether there are enough advertisers, however, to financially support both papers in the long term.”

At the same time, Rothaus maintains good rapport with both outlets. “I have good social and professional relationships with management at both newspapers,” he said. “There isn't a sense on my part that I compete directly with the gay papers, for readers or advertisers.”

Like Atlanta, the post-Window Media/Unite Media era shapes the Ft. Lauderdale LGBT media terrain. So much so that Norm Kent, publisher of SFGN, explained the rationale for a new publication, one that has gone up against a locally well- known Mark’s List brand when it launched Florida Agenda right after the Window-owned South Florida Blade disappeared.

“It’s about us,” Kent wrote in an editorial. “A paper that speaks with you, to you, and about you. A paper that pulls no punches, protects our friends, defends our allies, and defines our adversaries.”

He went on, “The South Florida Gay News will celebrate our lives with daily news briefs and storied features, breaking news and lifestyle profiles. … This is a paper where you will find a page. It may be one article in one column or one match from one website. But here you will always find a home, a forum, a sanctuary, and a place to call your own, that no one will ever take away.”

Apparently, Kent’s never-take-away line is recalling some history, insofar as the criminal defense attorney launched his first journalistic endeavor in 1999 founding Express Gay News. But four years later, Kent sold the publication to Window Media/Unite Media, which renamed it South Florida Blade, only to shutter it last year when the company filed for bankruptcy.

Which brings this story to Boston, home to Bay Windows, arguably the region’s publication of record.

Boston had been home to In Newsweekly as well. But after a change of ownership and a name-change to the New England Blade, that paper folded.

Still, the region holds the capacity for a variety of LGBT publications. One of them is the venerable Gay & Lesbian Review, a national New-York-Review-of-Books-style publication, offering a mix of essays, reviews, and commentary about politics, culture, literature, the arts, as well as LGBT history and intellectual thought.

The nationwide Edge Media Network is also Boston-based.

And yet another local publication is five-year-old Boston Spirit Magazine, a glossy lifestyle magazine. Spirit publisher David Zimmerman explained the publication’s regional niche. “We positioned the magazine as an upscale, feature-driven, in-home delivered magazine catering to the LGBT community,” he said. “We tend, for the most part, to stay away from the club scene and all that goes along with it and instead opt for intelligent, well-written articles geared more to the 30-plus professional crowd.”

Zimmerman went on to say that he did not consider the other LGBT media outlets in the area competitors either editorially or from an advertising standpoint. “Editorially we are a ‘feature driven’ magazine and we only publish six issues per year. This affords us the time to really dig into larger stories versus the news-of-the-week stories that Bay Windows does so well. I also assume that many of our subscribers also read Bay Windows and the Gay & Lesbian Review in much the same way that people who read the Boston Globe also read [upscale] Boston Magazine. There really is no need to compete for readers as we have completely different products.”

In Boston, LGBT media outlets are truly giving peace a chance. “We actually enjoy very good working relationships with all of the other LGBT media in town to the point where we consider them friends,” Zimmerman said. “We have also collaborated with Bay Windows on several events for the overall benefit of the community.”

[Editor’s note: Press Pass Q editor Fred Kuhr is a former editor of In Newsweekly, a former reporter at Bay Windows, and has been published in Boston Spirit. Reporter Chuck Colbert has written for those three publications as well as the Gay & Lesbian Review.)



IN THE NEWS: Lawsuit launched against one of D.C.’s LGBT publications

An LGBT newsweekly has been sued in District of Columbia Superior Court. Post-Newsweek Media, Inc., which owns the Washington Post, filed the lawsuit this summer against Jansi LLC, the publishing company of 16-year old Metro Weekly.

The legal action alleges that Jansi has a five-year, $85,0000 outstanding debt owed to Gaithersburg, Md.-based Comprint, an affiliate of Post-Newsweek, for 45,000 Metro Weekly print-run copies. The lawsuit also seeks $1 million in punitive damages, according to the Washington Business Journal, which first broke the story on Aug. 6.

Both Queerty and the Washington Blade have devoted much ink to the developing story.

In addition to charging Jansi and company shareholder Randy Shulman with breach of contract for outstanding printer costs, the Post-Newsweek lawsuit also includes accusations of fraud because of their allegedly entering into a licensing agreement with Isosceles Publishing, Inc., to evade Isosceles’ creditors. Until 2007, Isosceles produced Metro Weekly.

The relationship between Isosceles and Metro Weekly ended with a collections lawsuit, according to the Washington Business Journal. In 2005, a settlement required Isosceles to pay Comprint $125,000. But by the end of 2008, only $40,000 had been repaid, according to the Post-Newsweek lawsuit.

The Washington Business Journal also reported that nearly $656,000 in federal and state tax liens has been filed against Isosceles.

In a deposition, Shulman allegedly said that “the licensing arrangement was the ‘only way’ Metro Weekly could continue to be published in light of the tax lien against Isosceles,” according to the Washington Business Journal.

“Upon information and belief, Mr. Shulman, Jansi, and Isosceles entered into the 2007 License Agreement with the specific intention to evade Isosceles’ creditors while continuing to publish and reap revenues from Metro Weekly,” the lawsuit states. “As a direct result of the defendant’s fraud, plaintiff suffered damages in a sum to be proved at trial but expected to exceed $1,000,000.”

But Jansi’s attorney, William McLain, said, “We believe the lawsuit filed against Jansi LLC by Post-Newsweek is wholly without merit,” he said, quoted in the Washington Blade on Aug. 12.

In a Sept. 9 follow-up story, the Blade reported that Metro Weekly’s attorney argued in an Aug. 23 motion that the lawsuit is a “sloppy pleading” and should be dismissed with prejudice.

The motion also says the court lacks jurisdiction over the breach of contract allegation against Jansi, Metro Weekly’s publishing company, and that the Post-Newsweek lawsuit failed to substantiate the fraud allegation, according to the Blade.

“Post-Newsweek has not identified a false representation made to it by the present defendants,” the motion states. “Nor a material fact about which any representation has been made. Nor any reference or basis of knowledge on the parts of these defendants of the falsity of any statements made by either to Post-Newsweek.” The motion goes on to call the case “irresponsible” and “a far cry from what the rules the decisional law interpreting them require.”

D.C. Superior Court Judge John Ramsey Johnson, presiding justice over the case, rejected the motion to dismiss on Sept. 13, according to court records. The case has been placed on Track 2 Mediation as of Oct. 8.

While Shulman owned Isosceles, Jansi is co-owned by both Shulman and Sean Bugg. The former serves as editor-in-chief of Metro Weekly, with Bugg and Shulman listed as co- publishers and Bugg as senior contributing editor, according to the newsweekly’s masthead. Bugg is not named as a defendant in the lawsuit.

Back on Dec. 11, 2009, a Superior Court judge issued a judgment favorable to Post-Newsweek. The court ordered Isosceles to pay the $85,000 print bill and “pre-judgment interest at the rate of 6 percent per annum, dating from Feb. 1, 2009, to the date of judgment,” as well as court costs. But a Post-Newsweek lawyer said that Isosceles had not yet made any payments on the debt since the judgment, all according to the Blade and court documents.

Meanwhile, the July 2010 lawsuit argues that both Jansi LLC and Shulman should be held responsible for the debt. Why? Because “there has been a near complete intermingling of corporate funds, staff, and property between Isosceles and Jansi LLC.”

And the more recent lawsuit states, “Mr. Shulman has confirmed that one motive for the License Agreement was a desire to continue publishing Metro Weekly without having the publisher responsible for debts incurred by Isosceles.”

In its coverage, Queerty offered its analysis. “If a court upholds the Isosceles-Janis licensing agreement, Post- Newsweek can still go after the original debtor: Isosceles. And if Isosceles has no cash on hand, the court can hand the company and its assets over to Post-Newsweek, thus giving it control over its licensing agreement with [Shulman] and Bugg’s Jansi. Which it could cancel and shut down the Metro Weekly brand.”

Still, it is not entirely clear yet whether Post-Newsweek would take such action, even though on Oct. 10 the Washington Post launched a new publication, “Q LGBT DC Quarterly,” an advertorial placed inside the Sunday magazine section, targeting the LGBT community.

As Queerty notes, “We’d hate to see Metro Weekly close. It’s a decent paper with good inside-baseball coverage of LGBT policy making, and closing down the weekly helps nobody.”

— Chuck Colbert

LGBT marketing survey shows advertisers need to know their specific audience

The results of Community Marketing, Inc.’s latest survey shows how LGBT consumers communicate amongst themselves, how their thoughts on important political and social issues, and how their spending habits continue to evolve.

The fourth annual LGBT Community Survey, of which CMI released the findings on Sept. 10, polled 40,000 people in more than 100 countries. More than half of those who responded said they check Facebook daily – 81 percent of gay men between 18-29, compared to only 37 percent of those aged 45-59, log onto the social networking site at least once a day.

Seventy-nine percent of older gay men and 59 percent of younger gay men said they watch television daily. And thirty-seven percent of younger gay men listen to mainstream radio each day, compared with 54 percent of older gay men.

David Paisley, senior project director for CMI, said these figures demonstrate the need for advertisers to know how to effectively connect with a specific audience.

“If you have a product that is more baby-boomer or older oriented, using social media may not be the way to go – it may be the more traditional media,” he said. “If your product is geared towards younger gay men, social media is the way to go.”

In addition to social networking, the survey found 33 percent of gay men and lesbians plan to take a major vacation in the upcoming year. Older gay men typically said they plan to go away, purchase furniture or buy an automobile once the economy improves. Younger gay men also indicated they plan to buy clothes.

Paisley said the economic “psychology out there right now is quite gloomy.” He stressed, however, that spending habits would certainly change once consumer confidence improves. “Major purchases jump when the economy gets better.”

Only half of survey respondents said their employer is LGBT- friendly. Fifty-eight percent of gay men and 66 percent of lesbians who responded live outside big cities.

“There’s always this assumption gay men and lesbians live in the big city,” said Paisley. “Your outreach strategy needs to be more broad-reached.”

Outside of marriage for same-sex couples, gay men and lesbians ranked the economy, energy dependence, the federal deficit, health care and other mainstream issues as the most important.

Another potentially surprising survey result is that 24 percent of younger respondents drank energy drinks in a typical week, compared to only seven percent of older respondents. Forty-three percent of younger respondents said they drink vodka, compared to only 24 percent of 45-59-year- olds who participated in the survey.

Paisley said these results prove Absolut and other vodka- specific marketing campaigns continue to resonate well with younger consumers. “It is so working,” he said.

— Michael K. Lavers

Chicago’s Windy City Times celebrates, looks back on, 25 years

More than ever, mainstream media is now paying attention to gay issues and the LGBT community. At the same time, more gay readers look for information on digital formats.

Given the current state of print media, it’s all the more impressive that Chicago’s Windy City Times recently celebrated its 25th anniversary.

“It’s a little bit ‘survival of the most creative,’” said Tracy Baim, publisher of Windy City Times, Chicago’s oldest gay publication. To mark the occasion, the newsweekly published a Sept. 29 celebratory issue that included a whole series of old front pages, along with contributions from writers in the early years explaining what news and gay culture were like back then.

During a recent telephone interview, Baim spoke about some of the publication’s milestones. “We’ve always adapted to change quickly, thinking ahead of the curve,” she said, recalling that in the mid-1990s Outlines was one of the first gay publications to put its content online.

Although Baim is one of four original founders, she left Windy City Times in 1987 to found Outlines. But in 2000, Baim bought Windy City Times and merged the publication with Outlines, keeping the original name in the merger.

Today, Baim serves as publisher and executive editor of Windy City Media Group [WCMG), which also produces Nightspots, a club and entertainment guide; Windy City Queercast, an audio podcast; and QueerTVNetwork.com, a video channel.

What else has given Windy City Times a competitive edge? In mid-July 2008, employees began working remotely from home, a move prompted in part by the summer’s rising gas prices. When the recession hit several months later, the publication was already ahead of the economic downturn, having taken a key cost-cutting measure.

Some numbers also help to account for the publication's success. Each week, WCMG distributes 15,0000 copies of the paper spanning out over the Chicago region, Northern Illinois, and a small pocket of Northwest Indiana. Baim says the website attracts between 80,000 and 90,000 unique visitors a month. In 2009, Community Marketing, Inc. ranked the website www.windycitymediagroup.com second of all news websites in Chicago, the only LGBT site among the top 50. As a regional gay newspaper, Windy City Times has enjoyed a consistently high response rate in Community Marketing’s reader surveys.

Continuing its success, as early adaptors of iPhone apps and social media networks, the publication extended its reach to a younger mobile generation of readers. Multiple platforms provide additional venues for consumption of news and entertainment.

And yet Baim does not determine the success of Windy City Times by the bottom line. “We’ve never measured success on an economic scale,” she said, “Although I am sure my investors would like that to be.” Rather, “Our assumption is that we are a community newspaper, and our motivations are very different, from a journalism perspective. Therefore, we can weather storms on the economic front because I am not motivated by becoming some rich millionaire.”

Still, “We have to break even,” Baim explained. “Motivation and measures of success are doing a good job for the community. That’s a very different bar than other kinds of businesses.”

Over the past decade and a half, some things have remained the same, including LGBT community infighting, politics, and robust Chicago mayoral races – all requiring coverage from an LGBT angle.

But one big change in coverage, Baim noted, is the rise in reader interest in entertainment and celebrities. “There’s so much more of it. We know our readers want to know what’s happening in the entertainment buzz world.”

Another difference: Twenty-five years ago, the gay community was so much smaller. Then, readers were more interested in “where to go, news of the day, and a little bit of entertainment,” Baim said. Now “for the 20,000 readers who come to our website per week, there are probably the same number of reasons for doing so,” she explained. “Some want the latest on Lady Gaga. Others, where to protest next week on marriage rights.”

At end of the day, what is key to LGBT media remaining relevant to the gay community? “There’s no one relevancy,” Baim said. “We have to be as diverse as possible, covering the community in ways people want it covered.”

— Chuck Colbert



PRESSING QUESTIONS: will return next month



LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Why so many male readers? Do gay men outnumber lesbians?

In reading last month’s Press Pass Q, I noticed the David Webb article about Our Lives Magazine in Madison, Wisconsin [“Pressing Questions,” September/October 2010). What struck me was that readership is reported as gay males 51.2 percent, gay females 35 percent, etc.

Over the past eight years, with every study [Homegrown, Media Audit & Community Marketing, Inc.) that has been conducted in the Orlando metro area, Watermark’s readership has also been strongly gay men [approximately 80 percent) with 19 percent gay women and 1 percent not-quite-sure how they identify themselves.

It appears from the above and in checking the gender of other LGBT [or is that GLBT?) newspapers and publications that the majority of their readers are gay men unless the publication is aimed at the lesbian reader.

Over the past 10 years of living in Orlando and visiting Tampa/St. Petersburg, I’ve kept tabs on the bars and clubs for gay people. In Orlando today, 15 of the operating bars and clubs are predominantly patronized by gay men; only 1 bar/club is labeled as a lesbian bar. There are many women in some of the “men’s bars.” However, many of them are straight women who enjoy hanging out with gay men. In Tampa, of 31 bars and clubs, 30 are predominantly men’s bars. One calls itself a lesbian bar.

This analysis, unscientific as it is, leads me to a conclusion. There are probably more gay men in Orlando and Tampa Bay than there are gay women. Sticking my neck out further, I’ll venture that the same is true for the major cities in the U.S. In fact, in all the U.S.A. The Northern Hemisphere. Heck, the world!

Observation suggests that men tend to prefer to live in urban areas while gay women tend to drift to the suburbs. It has been suggested to me that women tend to be more inclined to be “nesters,” making a home, entertaining friends at home or friend’s homes, while men tend to want to be in the middle of the action in a city. Those that live in rural areas are exceptions to the generalization, but another unscientific observation suggests to me that cities have a much higher percentage of gay people than rural areas. The city of Orlando, as an example, is estimated to have 7.7 percent LGBT population. The theme-park attractions, movie/TV industry and other draws have been presented as reasons why Orlando’s gay population is higher than other southeast cities.

Do you know of any quality research that disproves or proves any of my conjectures? I would be interested to know.

Don Williams
Account Manager
Watermark Media, Inc.
Orlando, Fla.

[What’s your opinion? We’d like to know. Send your letters to editor@PressPassQ.com. Letters should be kept to a maximum of 250 words and may be edited for length and clarity.)



TRANSITIONS AND MILESTONES

[Editor’s note: Are there important changes going on at your publication? E-mail the information to editor@PressPassQ.com.)

JOEY AMATO has been promoted to managing editor of SOUTH FLORIDA GAY NEWS, based in Wilton Manors, Fla. Previously, he was the features editor. Additionally, JARRETT TERRILL, formerly the newspaper’s political columnist and graphic designer, is the new news editor. SEBASTIAN FORTINO, previously an online columnist for EDGE PUBLICATIONS, is the newspaper’s new features and lifestyles editor. CLIFF DUNN, formerly the publication’s Internet marketing manager, has been named vice president for sales. DENNIS JOSEFOWICZ, who previously hosted NATIONALGAYNEWS.COM, is the new Internet website manager, replacing TOMMY FORCELLA, who left to go into independent website consulting. And JOHN FUGATE, a display sales representative, has assumed the role of distribution manager.

DIANA BERRY, senior advertising executive at CURVE MAGAZINE, based in San Francisco, was elected to the board of directors for the San Francisco LGBT CENTER. Additionally, RACHEL SHATTO, the magazine’s assistant editor who also runs ZOMBIEGRRLZ.COM, won the 3rd Annual Splatcademy Award for best podcast. And publisher FRANCES STEVENS was honored by the NATIONAL CENTER FOR LESBIAN RIGHTS with its Outstanding Community Partner Award.

CURVE MAGAZINE, based in San Francisco, announced the sale of the magazine to AVALON MEDIA, which also publishes BOUND, an international lesbian magazine, and LOTL [formerly LESBIANS ON THE LOOSE), Australia’s lesbian magazine. SILKE BADER is the new publisher.

DAVID ATLANTA MAGAZINE published its 600th issue on July 14, 2010.

GAYZETTE, based in Denver, celebrates its fourth anniversary this month with the November 2010 issue. To mark the occasion, 15 new street distribution boxes will be installed around the city, making it the first LGBT publication in Colorado to have such distribution presence.

GLENN GULLICKSON, managing editor of Phoenix-based ECHO MAGAZINE, lent his voice to a public service announcement to promote Arizona’s Permanent Early Voting List, encouraging members of the LGBT community to sign up to get their ballots by mail.

HERE MEDIA and Wells Fargo received the GLAAD Media Award in Advertising – Outstanding Interactive Campaign for the companies’ collaboration on “THE ADVOCATE Money Minute.”

BONNIE HODSON is the new advertising representative for ACCESSLINE, based in Des Moines, Iowa.

OUT MAGAZINE and the “OUT 100 Presented by Buick” announced the establishment of the Buick OUT 100 Vanguard Award. The winner’s identity will be revealed using a unique in-book QR code to be scanned by readers with their mobile devices.

SOUTH FLORIDA GAY NEWS, based in Wilton Manors, Fla., permanently switched to Wednesday publication dates after a brief trial period of publishing on Mondays.

RICHARD WALTERS, a columnist for San Francisco-based BAY AREA REPORTER who went by the moniker SWEET LIPS, has retired. Walters, who wrote about people, bars and events in the city’s Polk and Tenderloin area, wrote for the newspaper since its founding in 1971.



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CONTRIBUTORS TO THIS ISSUE

CHUCK COLBERT is a freelance journalist based in Cambridge, Mass. He is a longtime contributor to the National Catholic Reporter and covered the crisis of clerical sex-abuse in the Boston archdiocese. Previously a senior reporter and columnist for the former In Newsweekly, he is a contributor to Keen News Service and Boston Spirit Magazine. Also, he has written for major mainstream daily newspapers and magazines, including the Boston Globe, Boston Herald, Dallas Morning News, Philadelphia Inquirer, San Francisco Chronicle, and the Washington Post. He can be reached at crciiiund@aol.com.

FRED KUHR is an editor, reporter, performer and personal trainer based in Toronto. He has written for The Advocate, AdWeek, Toronto-based Xtra, and Boston Spirit Magazine. He has also served as editor of now-defunct publications In Newsweekly [based in Boston) and Out in the Mountains [based in Vermont). He has served as a news analyst on the Fox News Channel and CBC Radio, as well as other media outlets. Fred blogs about politics and pop culture at the FredBlog at www.fred- blog.com and has been rated one of the top Twitterers of “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance.”

MICHAEL K. LAVERS is the National News Editor for EDGE Publications. His work has appeared in the Fire Island News, the Guide, the Village Voice and other LGBT and mainstream publications around the world. He has also provided commentaries on LGBT issues to the BBC, “The Brian Lehrer Show” on WNYC in New York, “La Razón” in Spain and other media outlets. He also blogs at Boy in Bushwick, which can be found at www.bushwickboy.blogspot.com.



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