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

OCTOBER/NOVEMBER 2011 [Vol. 13, No. 7/8)
A Publication of Rivendell Media

Celebrating 12 years of serving our community of journalists

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Feature: Are readers enough to support LGBT blogs?: Post sparks discussion about financial viability and future of our “citizen journalists”
In The News: Gay Chicago shuts down its print edition to go online only; OUT magazine launches Greek edition, its first foreign foray; This LGBT history project by journalists, for journalists; Signorile among those inducted into LGBT journalists hall of fame
Pressing Questions: QVegas of Las Vegas
Bulletin Board
Staff
Contributors to This Issue
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FEATURE: Are readers enough to support LGBT blogs?: Post sparks discussion about financial viability and future of our “citizen journalists”
by Chuck Colbert

The conversation about the future of LGBT media has come full circle.

More than a year ago, a Village Voice piece sounded a death knell for LGBT print media with a piece entitled, “Gay Print Media on the Wane: The Internet spells doom for many long- established periodicals.” It was written by Michael K. Lavers, who also contributes to Press Pass Q.

Now, in somewhat of a turnaround, the conversation about LGBT media on a lifeline concerns the future of community bloggers as citizen journalists and Internet-based news sites. Specifically, is the gay niche too niche for some LGBT news sites to attract sufficient advertising dollars to stay afloat?

Writer Nikki Usher raised that question recently in a September 21 piece posted on the Neiman Journalism Lab’s web site [http://www.niemanlab.org/2011/09/how-niche- is-too-niche-the-case-of-gay-news-blogs/).

“Whether corporate run or one-man shops, the outlook for gay news blogs is that most of them are not turning a satisfying profit,” wrote Usher, an assistant professor at George Washington University and former reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Sure enough, her piece has struck a chord. And while there are points of agreement among folks across the LGBT media landscape, how best to sustain online gay outlets that would enable viability and vitality remains an open question.

Undoubtedly, LGBT bloggers and citizen journalists have played a key role in the media and in the struggle for the LGBT equality rights.

“What is so important about blogs,” said Kevin Naff, editor of the Washington Blade, “is that they offer unvarnished commentary and criticism that is sometimes difficult to find.”

Citizen journalists are “passionate” and “want to make [LGBT life] better,” said David Badash, founder, editor and publisher of the online LGBT news site The New Civil Rights Movement. They also “want a platform and want people to read their work,” he said. “People write because they have a voice and want to amplify an opinion” and not necessarily because they want to get paid.

“The purpose of Bilerico,” said its founder, publisher and now editor Bil Browning, “is to lift up voices that are not normally heard and put them on the same par as some of our celebrity bloggers.”

In turn, that effort has benefited the LGBT community and advanced the gay-rights movement. “If you look at the recent LGBT stories that have broken into the mainstream media, the LGBT blogosphere has often pushed those stories to greater prominence," said Browning. "That influence is tremendous and, in some cases, it wouldn't have happened without us."

Furthermore, “the LGBT community, using the blogosphere, has done a fantastic job of creating space for a lot of difference of opinion,” said Cathy Renna, managing partner of Renna Communications, a strategic communications company specializing in LGBT issues.

Just as important, if not more so, Renna added, “The advent of citizen journalism and the role it has played is most evident on [national mainstream] cable television. In the media and in general, journalists like to talk to each other; and whether we like it or not, bloggers and citizen journalists have become the go-to people in the media to talk to.” For example, she pointed to Andrew Sullivan, John Aravosis, a co-founder of AMERICAblog, and Mike Rogers, managing director of The Raw Story, an online investigative news site.

Still, “the challenge is that the vast majority of [blog writers] is not getting paid,” Renna said. “Unless you are independently wealthy, you just can’t afford to do that. Nobody is trying to be a millionaire. They are just trying to make a living.”

The Bilerico Project and The New Civil Rights Movement are cases in point. Both Badash and Browning readily acknowledge they are struggling.

“I am working 12, sometimes 18 hours a day, seven days a week,” Badash said. “I make less than $1,000 a month and that doesn’t come close to paying rent on my studio apartment in New York City with a fiancé and two dogs. I don’t even want to look at what my hourly rate would be. It would be embarrassing.”

With 25 years in business, Badash decided to change careers and went back to school for journalism, studying at the New School in New York City, he said.

Badash has up to 18 contributing writers but is unable to compensate them, he said. His team includes college professors, a lawyer, professional writers, business owners and activists – all highly accomplished professionals and leaders.

“These people aren't writing because they want to get paid, this isn't their full-time job,” said Badash. “They are writing because they want to make a difference.”

Meanwhile, readership is up – a more than 400 percent increase, according to Google analytics. But Badash has not been able to attach ad revenue dollars to the meteoric increase in eyeballs to his site.

“Quite frankly, I am a victim of my own success,” said Browning. “I started Bilerico as my blog, a place where I got to sound off about political issues that I wanted to and did when I wanted to,” he said. However, as Bilerico grew taking on more and more contributors, “We never stopped and asked, ‘How are we going to make money off this?”’

Shortly after Usher’s Neiman post, Badash expanded the discussion. He not only sounded a note of alarm with his “Gay News Sites: Will Your Favorite Still Be There Next Year?” posted September 28, on www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com, but also called for the LGBT community and its leadership to provide financial support for LGBT citizen journalists, many of whom do not have backgrounds in journalism or business.

As Browning told Badash for his piece, “LGBT leaders should be investing in our sites as an inexpensive way of moving their message, but instead they expect citizen journalists to work solely for altruistic reasons.”

But is reliance on LGBT advocacy organizations like the Human Rights Campaign or wealthy individual contributors a good idea, let alone a reliable way forward for citizen journalists?

“If your business model is to rely on Google AdSense and HRC dollars to pay the rent, your staff and your health insurance, you shouldn’t be in the business of blogging,” said David Hauslaib, a blogger who founded Queerty, which he sold recently to Gay Cities. “It’s that harsh, and simple.”

Hauslaib said people with editorial backgrounds – journalists, producers and photographers – often ask him, “How do you make money from blogging?”

“If they haven’t already established that they are not simply running a blog, but operating a small business, they’re in trouble,” said Hauslaib. “Just because you know how to run a lawn mower doesn’t mean you should open a landscaping business.”

“There absolutely is an ad-based business model in LGBT blogging,” he said, referring to Queerty and Towleroad.

But “far too few folks behind these blogs really act as publishers in the true sense of the word.” As Hauslaib explained, “It’s a publisher’s job to sell enough ads to cover the bills and turn a profit. If the founders-slash- owners-slash-editors are also wearing the publisher hat, this too is their responsibility.”

What about wealthy LGBT individuals funding LGBT community’s media outlets?

“I’m all for them putting money behind media that supports and covers our community,” said Hauslaib. “Mostly, this crop of people has put their money into advocacy and activism, which is a wonderful thing to do. But pumping up LGBT- related editorial could actually accomplish many of their same goals toward equality.”



IN THE NEWS: Gay Chicago shuts down its print edition to go online only

In a surprising move, the publisher of Gay Chicago announced the newspaper will stop distributing a print edition. News of the change came in a September 28 press statement and follows an announcement only a week earlier that the publication would begin a bi-weekly print distribution.

“It is with great sadness that we have come to this point in our publication’s history,” said publisher Craig Gernhardt in a written statement. “Continuing print operations became more and more difficult in the past few years with dwindling ad revenues and rising print and operating costs. We just can’t sustain our old model anymore. It’s time to turn toward a new direction.”

And that's the Internet.

Contacted by e-mail, Gernhardt declined to comment further.

The publisher’s father, Ralph Paul Gernhardt, who passed away in 2006, founded Gay Chicago, formerly Gay Chicago Magazine, in 1976.

The publication began at a time when routine arrests of gay people were commonplace and when no laws existed prohibiting discrimination on the basis of LGBT status.

The late Gernhardt was inducted into Chicago’s Gay & Lesbian Hall of Fame in 2004. Gay Chicago Magazine was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1991.

This spring, Gay Chicago achieved a significant milestone, celebrating its 35th birthday. To mark the anniversary, Gay Chicago published, on April 6, a 52-page print edition. Gay Chicago was the longest running print publication in the Windy City.

The anniversary issue also introduced readers to a new tabloid format – dropping the word “magazine” from the publication’s title.

The former Gay Chicago Magazine was known primarily for an entertainment and nightlife focus. The new Gay Chicago had a local hard news and editorial emphasis. That shift, Gernhardt said at the time, required a change in print format.

Reaction to the loss of the print newspaper was primarily sorrow.

“Gay Chicago and Gay Chicago Magazine have played such an important role in the LGBTQ community for so long, it's sad to see the print edition disappear,” said Tim Nedoba, former director of advertising at Chicago Free Press. [After an 11 year run, the Chicago Free Press folded in May 2010.)

“I'm very hopeful Gay Chicago will be able to continue as an online enterprise. It's always best if there are multiple media outlets,” Nedoba added. “It helps to keep everyone honest.”

"It is always sad when a print publication folds,” added Tracy Baim, publisher of Windy City Times. “Chicago has a rich history of LGBT media, going back to the 1960s when Mattachine Midwest published a critical newsletter for our community. Gay Chicago Magazine was part of that history, and that legacy will remain a part of the movement for many years to come.”

For his part, longtime local gay-rights activist Rick Garcia called Gay Chicago “an institution.” Over the years, “It has made enormous contributions to this city, the movement, and social life.”

For decades, Chicago has had any number of publications serving the LGBT community, including The Chicago Gay Crusader, Lavender Woman, Outlines, GayLife and Chicago Free Press.

Today, Windy City Times is the only weekly publication remaining, along with three nightlife and entertainment bi- weeklies still in print, also available online. They are Grab and Boi magazines, and Nightspots, which is published by Windy City Media Group.

— Chuck Colbert

OUT magazine launches Greek edition, its first foreign foray

OUT, the longtime gay monthly, is about to begin publishing a Greek-language edition.

Here Media, OUT's parent company, recently announced the December 2011 issue will be targeted to LGBT readers in Greece for the first time.

The company owns and operates a variety of media assets, including The Advocate, Here TV, Gay.com, and Alyson Books, as well as web properties including Gay.net, Advocate.com, Out.com, OutTraveler.com and SheWired.com.

G. Piliouras, Ltd., will collaborate with OUT editor in chief Aaron Hicklin to translate the magazine’s leading fashion, style and pop culture content for the Greek marketplace.

Said Hicklin: “They can expect the same quality of writing and photography, and much of the same content, but with some additional editorial specific to Greece and the Greek LGBT community.”

Additionally, G. Piliouras, Ltd., will retain European journalists to produce content of local interest, including interviews with Greek personalities, music and entertainment reviews, and local travel coverage creating Greece’s first mainstream LGBT print publication.

Following the premiere issue, OUT’s Greek edition will publish on the same 10-times-per-year schedule as the U.S. publication. OUT’s Greek edition will be available on Greek newsstands and at local retailers as well as via subscription.

“With a burgeoning gay audience in Greece, OUT’s Greek- language version provides the perfect outlet for a consumer not currently being reached by local publications. G. Piliouras’ knowledge and experience makes them the ideal partner to help facilitate the international expansion of the Here Media brands,” explained Stephen Macias, Here Media’s executive vice president and general manager, who will be leading the company’s international business development.

G. Piliouras, Ltd., had already provided U.S. titles to the Greek market with much success. The Greek publisher also produces Greek editions of titles including FitnessRX for Men, FitnessRX for Women and Muscular Development.

“The strategy of G. Piliouras, Ltd., is to detect the gaps that exist in publications in the Greek market and to fill those gaps with the best foreign titles,” said George Piliouras, general manager of the Greek publishing house. “The LGBT community in Greece is in need of its own publication that will cover its needs and interests. Looking for the most suitable LGBT foreign publication, and after a thorough study of dozens of foreign titles, we came to the conclusion that OUT magazine was the best choice, as it is the most successful LGBT magazine in the world, but most importantly for us, a magazine of very high standards and quality. With the Greek edition of OUT we feel that the Greek LGBT community will finally have the publication it needs and deserves to have.”

— Joe Siegel

This LGBT history project by journalists, for journalists

In conjunction with October’s LGBT History Month, 30 publications signed onto an initiative designed to highlight the contributions LGBT people have made to American history.

The Washington Blade, Bay Windows, The Dallas Voice, Frontiers, South Florida Gay News and QVegas are among the publications that took part in the “We Are America: How Members of the LGBT Community Helped Create the U.S.A.”

The project is in its seventh year. And Mark Segal, publisher of the Philadelphia Gay News [PGN), said it is designed to provide “compelling evidence” that the founding fathers “welcomed LGBT people to help create this country” and that American history “might have turned out quite differently” without their contributions.

“We were very ambitious with the goal at its core to prove that the LGBT community was a part of the founding of this nation,” Segal told Press Pass Q. “We exceeded that goal.”

PGN and other publications published 15 bios of people to which Segal points that were either LGBT historical figures or were allies based on historical documents, accounts and even first-hand information from those who are profiled.

These include, for example, Baron Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben, a gay Prussian lieutenant who fled Germany and faced persecution in France in the late 1700s because of his sexual orientation. Benjamin Franklin recruited von Steuben to train the rag-tag Continental Army that had suffered a series of humiliating defeats against Great Britain during the early years of the Revolutionary War. Von Steuben arrived in Valley Forge in February 1777 and immediately began to train the inexperienced army. Historians credit von Steuben’s training with helping change the eventual outcome of the war.

“Nowhere else have you read that Ben Franklin was the first U.S. official to recruit gays [in] the military,” said Segal, who further pointed out that President James Buchanan is among the other figures on whom the project focuses.

Other project participants share Segal’s obligation to highlight LGBT contributions to American history.

“Our community includes many historically important leaders, artists, activists; many of them have been necessary cogs in the wheels of time to get us where we are today,” said Bil Browning, founder and publisher of the Bilerico Project. “The more people who know our history, the more we can build upon it.”

George Bakan, publisher of the Seattle Gay News, pointed out that the Emerald City’s LGBT history dates back more than four decades. He stressed, however, that not everybody understands this legacy.

“As now the next generation and even the next generation come out, a lot of people didn’t understand that our movement didn’t start five years ago or 10 years ago,” said Bakan. “It’s terribly important that we save some of that stuff about the organizations and the historical people we’ve never really claimed.”

Segal’s project is not the only LGBT History Month effort to target gay media. The Equality Forum, which is also based in Philadelphia, offers up its annual list of 31 icons for LGBT History Month every October [“Tools for covering LGBT History Month available for journalists,” http://www.presspassq.com/detail.cfm?id=121#news, September 2011). Malcolm Lazin, the Equality Forum’s founder and executive director, declined to comment on Segal’s project.

— Michael K. Lavers

Signorile among those inducted into LGBT journalists hall of fame

The National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Associated [NLGJA) has added three new members to its Hall of Fame for the year 2011.

The newest inductees are Don Michaels, an activist turned Washington Blade publisher for more than 20 years; Michelangelo Signorile, an author, journalist and current radio talk show host; and the late William Dorr Lambert Legg, publisher of the early [1953) pro-gay “ONE: The Homosexual Magazine.”

Both Michaels and Signorile were in Philadelphia on August 27 at the NLGJA convention's awards ceremony to receive their recognition.

Established in 2005, the NLGJA’s LGBT Journalists Hall of Fame "honors individuals who made exemplary contributions through their careers to the organization’s mission of promoting fair and accurate coverage of issues affecting the LGBT community,” according to the organization.

Michaels said he was “humbled” to be chosen and “honored to be joining the late Tom Morgan.”

“In my early years at the Blade, when Tom was with the Washington Post, he was always very helpful and encouraging, something we were in great need of at the time,” said Michaels. “Many other gay and lesbian journalists in the mainstream media gave us help during that time, but all had to be very ‘discreet’ about it. Since those dark days, NLGJA has made life so much better for a new generation of gay and lesbian journalists.”

Michaels, who intentionally kept a low profile in the nation’s capital, is credited with turning the Blade into a local and national LGBT publication of record.

“It was a goal of mine to record what was going on in the community and concerning the community,” he said. “To be a newspaper of record was the main thing I was interested in.”

Under Michaels’ stewardship, the Washington Blade strived to be non-partisan and objective in its coverage. Accordingly, the Blade did not run editorials or advertorials and kept advertisers and activists at a distance, resisting their influence on content. The publication extensively covered legal and legislative developments on Capitol Hill. Its local coverage included not only Washington, D.C., but also suburban Virginia and Maryland.

For his part, Signorile said, “It was enormously gratifying for me to be recognized by my peers, especially because 20 years ago, when I was at the center of the ‘outing’ controversy, I was a pariah in journalism. There was so much misunderstanding and distortion by the media at the time. So much of the debate on the issue happened at NLGJA over the years, and the Hall of Fame induction was an acknowledgement of how far the discussion had come.”

Signorile earned a journalism degree at Syracuse University. In gay media, he has been an editor at large and columnist for the Advocate, co-founder and features editor at OutWeek magazine, a columnist for OUT and New York NightLife magazines and gay.com, and host of Internet radio at GAYBC.com. In mainstream media, Signorile has freelanced for The New York Times, USA Today and the Los Angeles Times. Signorile has also appeared on “Larry King Live,” “Today” and “Good Morning America.”

At OutWeek, Signorile became known for reporting on the homosexuality or bisexuality of celebrities – David Geffen, Liz Smith, Malcolm Forbes and Pete Williams, among others. That practice had strong supporters and opponents among journalists, gay activists, media scholars and average citizens nationwide.

In 1993, Signorile published his groundbreaking book, “Queer in America,” which detailed the negative effects of the closet.

Currently, “The Michelangelo Signorile Show” is broadcast on Sirius XM Radio's OutQ channel.

NLGJA’s third inductee died in 1994 at the age of 90, but was honored posthumously for his pioneering role in gay media and a landmark court ruling favoring gay media. As publisher of ONE magazine, Legg sued what was then the United States Post Office Department to defend the gay journal's right to be sent through U.S. mail. In 1957, Legg won the case, One, Inc. v. Olesen [355 U.S. 371), at the U.S. Supreme Court. The ruling was the first time the high court had ruled explicitly on free-press rights concerning homosexuality. In Los Angeles, Legg is also remembered for founding, with his partner, the Knights of the Clock, a support group for LGBT interracial couples.

— Chuck Colbert



PRESSING QUESTIONS: QVegas of Las Vegas
by David Webb

Staff size and breakdown: 10 total [Editorial: 2. Creative: 2. Sales: 3. Office: 2. Website: 1.)

Physical dimensions of publication: 8” x 11”

Average page count: 72

Key demographics: The target readership demographic is the gay male between the ages of 18 and 65. However, it is the continued policy of QVegas to offer content that will appeal to our atypical readers: lesbians, bisexual men and women, transgendered people and our straight allies. It is also the policy of QVegas to embrace the whole spectrum of peoples and cultures found within the LGBT community. Current survey stats are not available.

Print run: 25,000

Website: QVegas.com

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PPQ: When did you launch your publication?

Publisher Kelly McFarlane Smith: I became involved with the publication in July 1998, but the publication was originally launched as a newsletter in June 1978.

PPQ: I understand that you are straight, and that you were recently named Ally for Equality at Las Vegas’ Human Rights Campaign Gala. Why did you want to produce an LGBT publication?

Smith: My bother Brett McFarlane who is gay and I purchased the Las Vegas Bugle in July 1998. He has since gone on to other ventures and I remained as publisher and advocate for equal rights on a national and local level. I am very proud to have been named HRC Las Vegas Ally 2011 and more proud that our work at QVegas makes a difference.

PPQ: Has your publication changed since it was first launched?

Smith: We were bi-weekly newsprint and now we are gloss monthly.

PPQ: How much support does your publication and the LGBT community receive from the mainstream business community?

Smith: It is always a challenge to get mainstream and gay businesses involved with our community. It comes down to return on investment and it is rare to find a company that supports anything without the company getting that return for their investment. Our other biggest challenge is most of our businesses that cater to the tourist industry very seldom advertise locally.

PPQ: What is your greatest challenge now?

Smith: Overcoming the stigma that print does not work. Yet, QVegas prints and distributes 25,000 issues each month. … The community is reading.

PPQ: What part of your publication is the most popular?

Smith: Our QTease photo pages

PPQ: Do you see yourself as an "activist journalist"?

Smith: I am not a journalist but I am an activist, and QVegas may not be a leader in activist journalism but our mission is to create an environment within our community that gets people involved with today’s LGBT issues.

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

Smith: That straight businesses should not be allowed to advertise.

PPQ: What advice do you have for others working in LGBT media?

Smith: Treat your media as a business and hire the best people available and never hire anyone who thinks it is just a job or 9-5.



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TRANSITIONS AND MILESTONES

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TYLER CALKINS, publisher of Atlanta’s FENUXE MAGAZINE, and WILLIAM DUFFEE-BRAUN, the magazine’s editor, were honored by the Atlanta GLAAD Leadership Council as two of 30 “local heroes” who make a difference in the local LGBT community.

PAUL DUNCAN, senior advertising salesperson at Torrance, Calif.-based LESBIAN NEWS, died on August 6 in Las Vegas. He was 74.

ECHO MAGAZINE, based in Phoenix, entered its 23rd year of publication in October. Additionally, associate publisher and general manager TIM DEPLANCHE has stepped down in order to join his active-duty Air Force partner in California. He is replaced by TOM HENCZ.

THERESA ERICKSON, a San Diego adoption attorney and one-time columnist for SAN DIEGO LGBT WEEKLY, pled guilty in federal court in August for running what officials are calling a “baby-selling ring.”

ARTHUR EVANS, an activist and writer who played a key role in the history of San Francisco’s BAY TIMES, died of a massive heart attack in his Haight-Ashbury home on September 11. He was 69. A few months before his death, he penned his own obituary, which the Bay Times published.

THE GAY & LESBIAN REVIEW WORLDWIDE, based in Boston, has launched a digital edition for iPad, iPhone and Android. Single issues are available at http://us.zinio.com/browse/publications/single-issues.jsp? productId=500631101. Subscriptions are available at http://us.zinio.com/browse/publications/index.jsp? productId=500631101.

GAY.NET is the newest web portal launched by HERE MEDIA. The new site focuses on entertainment, travel, style and culture.

BRENT HEINZE, SCOTT MCGLOTHELEN and ROBYN VIE-CARPENTER have joined Denver’s OUT FRONT COLORADO as regular contributors.

DOUG IRELAND, contributing editor for international affairs at New York City’s GAY CITY NEWS, has been honored with a Sepas Award for excellence in reporting for his long-running coverage of gay Iranians both in Iran and in exile. The Sepas Awards are announced annually by the Iranian Railroad for Queer Refugees and are given in recognition of contributions to Iranian queer art, culture and activism.

ODYSSEY, based in Honolulu, celebrated its 17th anniversary with its September issue.

OUT OF TOWN MAGAZINE, based in Pensacola, Fla., has completed its expansion to Louisiana, making it the only magazine to cover the entire state of Louisiana.

OUTWORD MAGAZINE, based in Sacramento, Calif., celebrated its 16th anniversary with its August 25 issue.

PINK TRIANGLE PRESS, publisher of Toronto-based XTRA and FAB as well as editions of XTRA in Ottawa and Vancouver, celebrated its 40th anniversary with a party at its new Toronto office space on October 20.

PULP MAGAZINE, based in Palm Springs, Calif., entered its 14th year of publication with its September 2-15 issue.



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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, Boston Spirit Magazine and Northampton, Mass.-based The Rainbow Times. 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, a self-described social media whore, 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.

JOE SIEGEL is a freelance journalist based in Rhode Island. He has written for several New England-based LGBT publications, including In Newsweekly, EDGE Providence, Options and The Rainbow Times. In addition, he has been a reporter for the Attleboro, Mass.-based Sun Chronicle newspaper for the past 8 years. He can he reached at joesiegel@cox.net.

DAVID WEBB worked for both mainstream and alternative media during his 25-year career, including LGBT newspaper Dallas Voice for seven years as a staff writer and news editor. He now lives on Cedar Creek Lake southeast of Dallas. In addition to freelancing, he authors the blog therarereporter.blogspot.com.



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