PRESS PASS Q
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JUNE 2012 [Vol. 14, No. 3)
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
TOP STORY: Christmas in June: For many LGBT media outlets, Pride is a make-or-break month
by Chuck Colbert
Just as Christmas and Halloween fuel an economic boom, so do the month-long celebrations of Pride, for gay media outlets and businesses, pack a financial punch as the potential for advertising revenue abounds.
“From a business perspective, this month for us is like August in Provincetown,” said Sue O’Connell, editor-in-chief and co-publisher of Boston-based Bay Windows. “We either make it or break it. This is our December.”
All of which raises some questions. What role do LGBT media outlets play in covering, if not promoting, Pride? How do gay publications interact with Pride committees? What makes Pride still relevant to and necessary for the movement and its media?
In interviews with a dozen editors, publishers and organizers, most believe Pride is as important today as it was 40 years ago, although its observance and celebration have changed dramatically over the years.
After all, Stonewall was a riot. Parades today are anything but that, with corporate sponsorship and ally participation ever increasing. Marketing Pride is business.
This year, Boston, Philadelphia, and the nation’s capital are all celebrating Pride on the same weekend, with Boston and Washington, D.C.’s march and après-parade festival on the same day, June 9, followed by Philadelphia’s the next day, June 10.
“I think it is the most important thing our community does,” said Washington Blade editor Kevin Naff recently over the telephone. “That’s not overstating it. The overall goal is to create an environment where we all can be out. That’s what Pride gives us for a day.”
Linda DeMarco, president of the Boston Pride Committee, agrees wholeheartedly. Locally, the theme of human rights figures prominently. “Every day until we get equal rights, we have to let people know there has to be Pride,” she said.
As summertime approaches, three of the nation’s largest and most visible Pride celebrations culminate on June 24, in Chicago, New York, and San Francisco.
In those localities, Pride organizing committees publish their own Pride Guides, in effect becoming short-term gay media outlets.
Take the San Francisco LGBT Pride Celebration Committee. It publishes two annual print publications, called Inside Pride and Pocket Pride.
Distributed early in the month, the former is an official guide to events, while the latter is a portable guide providing “event attendees with the most up-to-date information about our main stage line-up, parade line-up, exhibitor booth locations and a host of other information,” according to the committee’s website.
And yet San Francisco is a two-gay-paper town, with Bay Area Reporter [BAR) and the San Francisco Bay Times. Sure enough, each publication has its own approach to Pride coverage and revenue seeking.
Editor Cynthia Laird said BAR does a special Pride section that comes out on the Thursday before Pride and generally contains “features on the grand marshals and other stories that we develop on our own. Sometimes we go with the San Francisco Pride theme,” and "sometimes we have our own theme. This year we are going with the Pride theme, which is Global Equality.”
From time to time, however, necessity requires LGBT media to perform its journalistic, public-interest watchdog role over Pride organizers.
In 2010 and 2011, for instance, BAR provided “extensive coverage” of SF Pride “as it was imploding due to poor management,” Laird explained. “Last year was a rebuilding year for them financially, and they did in fact overcome their debt.”
Undoubtedly, special Pride issues are moneymakers. Perhaps that explains why Bay Times planned for not just one but two Pride issues, with publication dates of June 14 and 21.
This year, publishers and editors Betty L. Sullivan and Jennifer L. Viegas are promoting a “multi-platform advertising” print and online approach, featuring “a combination of tools, such as Betty’s List for women and Harvey’s List for men, along with the Bay Times List” and Bay Times Live!, a radio program, according to an e-mail blast.
In Chicago, Pride organizers work with at least one gay media outlet in an advertising revenue-sharing arrangement.
While Pride organizers produce their own booklet, “we do an ad exchange with them,” said Tracy Baim, publisher and executive editor of Windy City Times. “We get an ad in their book, and they get a discount on their ad and what they do in our paper.”
In Philadelphia, “the Pride committee, since the 1970s, always publishes its own program guide,” said Philadelphia Gay News [PGN) owner and publisher Mark Segal.
PGN produces its own Gay Pride issue, which comes out the Friday before the festival. It’s one of the newspaper’s biggest issues.
“If that issue is not the biggest, then you are doing something wrong,” said Segal.
“Last year’s Pride issue was 122 pages,” added Dan Calhoun, PGN’s marketing and advertising director. “I would expect it to increase this year.”
Where Pride all started, New York’s Gay City News [GCN) does not produce a guide for Heritage of Pride.
Like PGN, GCN publishes a Gay Pride issue, “always our largest of the year, the Wednesday before Pride, which is always the last Sunday in June,” said GCN editor Paul Schindler. “In the past few years, our Gay Pride issue has been 100 pages. Last year I noted that the Village Voice issue the same week – the entire issue, not just their Pride supplement – was smaller, despite the fact that the Voice has a staff many times larger than ours.”
GCN sports “a huge truck in the Pride Parade, with enormous banners on both sides, from which we distribute roughly 10,000 copies of the newspaper along the length of Fifth Avenue,” said Schindler.
In its reporting, GCN covers not only the main parade in Manhattan, but also parades in Queens, Brooklyn, and Staten Island.
GCN has plenty of Pride to cover. On the newspaper’s radar screen, noted Schindler, are “the [LGBT] Community Center’s garden party, the mayor’s reception at Gracie Mansion, a Pride rally the weekend before the parade, a Leather festival, the Dyke March the day before the main parade, a Trans Day of Action the Friday before the parade, a drag march the Friday night before the parade, pier dances on Saturday and Sunday night of Pride weekend, and fireworks over the Hudson late on Sunday evening the night of the parade.”
The phenomenon is perhaps most readily evident in Washington, D.C., and Boston, where, unlike other municipalities, Pride organizers tap into local LGBT media to produce “official” Pride Guides.
Competition created some friction in Washington. Earlier this year, when the Washington Blade approached Capital Pride, which is the District’s Pride organization, the committee sent out a request for proposals. Both the Blade and competitor Metro Weekly responded, and Capital Pride selected the Blade, ending Metro Weekly’s 13-year streak in producing the official Pride publication.
During a telephone interview, spokesperson Missy Tom said that Capital Pride’s board of directors selected the Blade for a number of reasons, among them were “green printing” and “revenue sharing,” in which the Blade gives a percentage of donations back to celebration organizers.
The Blade also proposed some new ideas, and the committee wanted “to do something different,” said Tom. Another attractive feature of the Blade’s proposal, she said, was a mobile app.
Metro Weekly co-publisher Sean Bugg voiced dissatisfaction over the decision. “After more than a decade of uninterrupted growth and editorial success, we were naturally disappointed to see Capital Pride Alliance take the project to a less experienced company for 2012,” he wrote in e-mail correspondence. “However, we certainly look forward to working on the Pride Guide again in the near future.”
Meanwhile, for the second year in a row, Boston Pride selected the Rainbow Times, a monthly print publication out of Northampton, Mass., as official Pride Guide publisher. Unlike 2011, Bay Windows did not submit a proposal for 2012.
“Last year, we ended up going with Rainbow Times because they were more aggressive in the contribution of revenue sharing,” explained Boston Pride Committee’s DeMarco.
For her part, Rainbow Times publisher Gricel Martínez Ocasio said the publication’s pitch for “official” Pride Guide publication and celebration coverage, included a “print, online and social media and networking component,” as well as “e-mail blasts and radio talk [a podcast via iTunes) on its own Web site www.trtalkradio.com. No other media in the Boston region has, in our opinion, offered so much to Boston Pride,” she said.
Boston actually has three Pride Guides in circulation this year. Aside from the “official” Pride Guide, there’s Bay Windows’ 74-page “The A-Z Guide to LGBT Pride” and the 54-page Pride Life, distributed by Boston-based promotional marketing company N’Touch Productions.
It would seem that everyone wants a slice of the Pride pie.
IN THE NEWS: Persistence leads to op-ed by Republican Sen. Scott Brown
In her own words, the co-publisher of Boston-based Bay Windows is “practical” and “pragmatic.” She is also persistent, and her persistence finally paid off.
For more than 600 days, Sue O’Connell, who also serves as editor-in-chief of the weekly publication, has been asking Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, a Republican, to sit down for an interview or to submit a guest opinion piece.
“In our wildest imagination, we never thought it would turn into what it did,” she said recently. Brown's foot-dragging "turned into a news story” followed in LGBT and mainstream media.
O’Connell was referring to repeated attempts, initially through his campaign staff and then through Senate staffers in Washington and Boston, to get Brown to connect with the LGBT community through Bay Windows.
After all, Brown had campaigned for the “people’s seat,” she said, and some of those people are gay folks.
“We have never before been refused by an elected official or a candidate to talk to us,” said O’Connell.
Back in January 2011, Brown, who served in the Massachusetts Legislature, emerged as a surprise winner in a special election to fill the seat held for decades by the late Edward M. Kennedy. In his win, Brown defeated state Attorney General Martha Coakley, who has led the state’s legal challenge against the Defense of Marriage Act.
Right after Brown's victory, O’Connell ran an editorial congratulating him.
Days and weeks and months went by. “We called his offices and there was no response back,” she said. O’Connell and assistant editor Hannah Clay Wareham sent e-mails.
“We [even] had readers who would call his office,” O’Connell said. “Very polite, well-intended young people would tell them, ‘I can’t believe he hasn’t called back.’”
In yet another attempt to get Brown to take gay media and the LGBT community seriously, Bay Windows went public, running blank space to underscore his rebuff and each week posted a countdown clock.
As time passed, “We got very polite e-mails saying, ‘The senator won’t be speaking with you,’” said O’Connell.
Brown is now in a tight race for a full six-year term, running against the presumptive Democratic nominee Elizabeth Warren, a Harvard professor who served as a special assistant to President Obama in establishing the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
And with the campaign revving up, O’Connell got wind of a Brown event near her home in Canton, Mass.
Sunday morning, Feb. 12, she showed up at the 50’s Diner on Route 1 in Dedham, Mass., stood in line, and “had a very nice exchange where I invited him to write something,” she said, explaining that Brown told her to “to contact his office.”
“An aide came up to me and took down some information. We e-mailed back and forth, and I removed the [countdown] box as a show of good faith,” she said.
On April 4, Brown’s guest opinion piece graced the pages of Bay Windows. He wrote of being an “independent voice [that] would approach each issue with an open mind and vote based on the best interests of the people of Massachusetts.”
The best evidence of that approach, wrote Brown, was his vote to repeal, “don’t ask, don’t tell,” the policy banning openly gay military service. In studying the issue, he explained, “I determined that the time had come to repeal the policy.”
But when he took aim at Warren, writing, “My opponent has already started down [a] road, promising to support everyone’s pet project,” Brown apparently crossed a line.
Dozens of readers responded, some with a vengeance. “This guy couldn’t find five minutes to contribute to the ‘It Gets Better Campaign’ after every other member of the Massachusetts congressional delegation did,” wrote T. Lewis on Bay Windows’ web site.
Another reader wrote, “Is this man kidding? He was and is staunchly against gay marriage and completely out of touch with anyone besides white straight men.”
Longtime activist Mary Breslauer termed Brown’s op-ed piece “condescending,” taking umbrage at this “dig” at Warren, which Breslauer said “managed to degrade serious legislative remedies to address inequality by referring to them as ‘pet projects.’”
Janice Joseph Carney, president of New England LGBT Veterans, wrote, “The fact that … he did not commit on ENDA or DOMA is an insult.”
Another reader wrote, “Marriage equality is not a ‘pet project.’ It’s about our civil rights, … our human dignity, … [and] fairness and equality. This guest opinion is pathetic, Mr. Senator. I bid you farewell.”
But yet another wrote that she would vote for Brown, writing, “Warren is out of touch with everybody except her elitist buddies at Harvard.”
O’Connell said Brown’s submission “felt like a stump speech” and was “a little too little, too late.” She attributed the phrase “pet project” to “poor editing on the Brown campaign’s part.”
— Chuck Colbert
Metro Weekly’s White House reporter honored
Earlier this year, the Gay and & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation [GLAAD) handed out an award in the category of Outstanding Magazine Article to a gay media outlet. It’s rare when an LGBT publication captures the honor for this one. But sure enough, when Chris Geidner, senior political editor for Washington, D.C.-based Metro Weekly offered thank-you remarks, he made all LGBT media professionals proud.
“I really appreciate that GLAAD was able to look at the value LGBT media bring to the discussion of our issues,” he said in his acceptance speech.
GLAAD selected Metro Weekly for a four-part, 12,000-word retrospective on the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act on the occasion of its 15th anniversary. Geidner interviewed all the major players from the time, opening up a behind-the-scenes window into LGBT community political maneuvering along the corridors of power in the nation’s capital.
In the two short years Geidner has been at Metro Weekly, he has made a respected name for himself, primarily for his legal reporting and analysis. An Ohio State Law School graduate, Geidner is a lawyer with experience in the private and public sector. He also worked for a time in mainstream media.
The tag line of his Poliglot blog – “a queer spin on politics” – says it all. Poliglot is a popular Metro Weekly feature attracting a considerable following of legal and political wonks and others who simply want to be in the know. The blog is largely responsible for drawing heavy traffic to Metro Weekly’s website [www.metroweekly.com).
People who follow Poliglot and Geidner’s reporting “can count on me for an accurate, nuanced assessment of whatever the latest legal developments are,” he said recently in a telephone interview.
Making his mark in legal reporting and analysis, Geidner joins the ranks of Nan Hunter, Art Leonard and Lisa Keen who keep abreast of all things LGBT and legal, offering helpful analysis and reporting. Their writing makes the legal language of court decisions understandable to non-lawyers.
Geidner is also an LGBT media force with which to be reckoned during White House briefings, where he pleasantly and persistently questions press secretary Jay Carney.
Here is a snippet from an April 12 press conference, held in the James S. Brady Briefing Room:
GEIDNER: Does the president believe that Executive Order 11246, that has been in place since 1965, is redundant to Title VII?
CARNEY: You are going to have to …
GEIDNER: That’s the federal contractor executive order that has been in place for race, religion and sex since 1965.
CARNEY: I haven’t had that discussion with him, Chris. What I do know for a fact is that this president is absolutely dedicated to securing equal rights for LGBT Americans. I think his record speaks volumes in support of that statement. And I think the strategy that he pursued and the work that he did with Congress, with allies, in support of repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” testifies to his commitment. And you can …
GEIDNER: But unlike ‘don’t ask, don’t tell,’ the executive order route on employment nondiscrimination for federal contractors has a separate portion even in addition to the legislative route that has been in existence since 1965. So this is not the same as “don’t ask, don’t tell.” And why has the president not approached it in a similar way to that law?
CARNEY: It’s a similar approach to the approach that we took with ‘don’t ask, don’t tell.’ Again, I haven’t talked to him about other executive orders here. What I can tell you is we’re not considering an executive order on this at this time. We are focused on a legislative approach, a comprehensive approach that would be much broader through legislation. And we are going to work with stakeholders to try to build support for passage of ENDA.
Having LGBT media in the room during press briefings has an impact on other media, said Geidner. “The most important thing about my asking a question at White House briefings sometimes is just that other reporters are hearing that something is an issue for the LGBT community. It’s important to look at the reality of what is happening in the briefing room. Just asking the question isn’t all that matters. Actually getting an answer is important. My challenge everyday is to [pose] a question that is going to force [Carney] to respond directly. I want to keep it as simple as possible. The more the question can be made a yes or no, the better.”
His reporting, analysis and White House questioning of Carney have been picked up and noted by mainstream media outlets, including The Rachel Maddow Show, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, and New York Times.
“In a secondary way, my legal background comes into play in asking a question. The White House press secretary comes in with an intention to not answer questions.” As reporters, “our job is to go further to come up with a question that either gets an answer or creates an awkward non-answer,” Geidner said. “It’s not just [about] repeating what is said before but going further to try our best to get an answer.”
— Chuck Colbert
Florida publisher launches website to help men falsely arrested during police stings
The publisher of a South Florida gay newspaper has created a website designed to help men who have been falsely arrested during undercover police stings.
South Florida Gay News publisher Norm Kent launched Citizens Against False Arrest [CAFA) in January after his newspaper reported on two officers with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office who arrested hundreds of men over a five-year period. The officers claimed that these men had solicited them for sex, but SFGN’s reporting suggests that they started sexually charged conversations with them to entrap them. Only four of the more than 300 police reports that the newspaper investigated involved sexual activity.
CAFA contains information about previous undercover sting operations, links to organizations that help men who have been arrested during them and other related information. Kent, who has been a criminal defense lawyer for 32 years, told Press Pass Q in a recent interview from his Fort Lauderdale office that it is important to highlight these incidents.
“I’m an individual who has spoken out against the legal abuses that police have unfortunately engaged in,” he said. “It was important for me to synthesize and document and establish the numbers of arrests that are occurring on a regular basis.”
Similar undercover sting operations have made headlines across the country in recent months.
Manhattan Beach, Calif., police officers in March arrested 18 men on lewd conduct, indecent exposure and other misdemeanor charges during six undercover operations at a public restroom that had become known as a popular cruising location for gay men [see story below).
Kent County, Mich., sheriffs in 2010 charged 33 men who had been arrested in area parks with violating the state’s anti-solicitation laws. The Grand Rapids Press reported that representatives from Equality Michigan and other groups told the Kent County Commission last December that half of these arrests involved two men who merely spoke with the undercover deputies or made casual contact with them.
Kent denied that his decision to launch CAFA was either a conflict of interest or an example of activist journalism.
“I see it as a confluence of interests,” he said. “I’m the publisher of a gay paper trying to prevent gay people from being unjustly arrested and wrongly prosecuted. I think I’m giving back to the community and I want people to have a forum so they can understand that they are not alone and other people have been subject to these abuses.”
Kent said that the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office has “basically stonewalled” SFGN and refused to conduct an investigation or apologize for the arrests since the newspaper published its story. Meanwhile, he said that local residents have welcomed CAFA.
“People [are] coming forward and saying it’s about time somebody put this into a different light,” said Kent.
— Michael K. Lavers
Mainstream and LGBT media handle California sting arrests very differently
The way LGBT media covered a recent undercover sex sting in Manhattan Beach, Calif., differed dramatically from that of mainstream media.
On April 3, the CBS station in Los Angeles published the names and photos of the 18 men arrested at a Manhattan Beach public restroom. Other media outlets that displayed some, or all, of the photos were the Torrance-based Daily Breeze newspaper; the alternative LA Weekly newspaper; KCAL9, NBC4 and KTLA, the latter owned by Tribune Co., which also owns the Los Angeles Times. The Times did not write a story on the arrests, but the newspaper posted KTLA’s video of the story. The Huffington Post’s “Gay Voices” page did not run the name or photos of those arrested, but the site posted the NBC4 video, which showed several of the suspects' mug shots.
Representatives of the outlets that covered the story defended the publication of the photos. One Daily Breeze journalist, who declined to be identified while speaking without clearance from management, said the paper often publishes mug shots with crime stories.
“Why wouldn't we use them? We run mugs all the time when the police release them to us, both misdemeanor and felony,” said the journalist. “Now we are supposed to protect some people, but not others?”
An LA Weekly blog post put the blame on the police department for the photos entering the public domain. Writer Simone Wilson said Manhattan Beach police “sentenced the mug shots to eternal life as soon as it threw them to the undiscerning Internet.”
Wilson took a glib approach to the allegations [“Sounds like they were having quite a party in there,” the Weekly reporter wrote), but said in a subsequent post that the tone had nothing to do with the arrestees’ sexual orientation.
“If there was a heterosexual orgyfest going on at some public restroom in Manhattan Beach,” Wilson wrote, “we’d be equally intrigued/horrified/amused.”
Some LGBT organizations expressed their outrage at the coverage.
The L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center protested the publishing of the names and photos of the 18 men. “It’s shocking that any news operation, but especially an affiliate of a major network like CBS, would choose to publish the mug shots, names and birthdates of people charged with victimless crimes, simply because the charges are salacious or related to gay sex,” said L.A Gay & Lesbian Center Chief of Staff Darrel Cummings to the Los Angeles Times. “Naturally we don’t condone illegal activity of any kind, but these men haven’t been proven guilty and historically, charges such as those leveled against them have involved police entrapment. Publishing their photos serves no purpose other than to humiliate and destroy their lives. We call on KCBS/KCAL to immediately remove the images and names from their website.”
Frontiers LA, an LGBT newsmagazine, did not publish the names or photos of the 18 men arrested in the sex sting.
“During my time as editor here at Frontiers, we have never run names or photos of men arrested in sex stings, although I also don't remember something quite like this happening in the recent past,” explained Editor Stephan Horbelt.
Horbelt said the rationale for not publishing the names and photos was in line with the stance of the L.A. Gay and Lesbian Center.
“LGBT media is, of course, more sensitive to the concerns surrounding publication of names and photos after a gay sex sting than the mainstream media will ever be,” Horbelt added.
Norman Kent, publisher of the South Florida Gay News, also chastised the media outlets for the way they covered the story.
“As we reported in the expose of Palm Beach police falsely arresting hundreds of gay men for allegedly salacious acts in public parks, these incarcerations are a fraud upon the gay public,” Kent said. “Many of the arrestees are legally innocent, wrongfully handcuffed and jailed by cops who illegally induced the prohibited acts by purposefully entrapping gay men.”
Kent offered some advice to the mainstream media: “Instead of lustfully jumping over these arrests and posting them on community billboards, newspapers ought to assign writers the task of uncovering whether the arrests were legitimate and lawful instead of discriminatory and devilish. Hundreds of people driving drunk while putting your life and safety at risk get arrested every week, yet newspapers don’t publish their arrest reports or photos. But a group of queers hook up in a restroom and their lives are subject to public humiliation?”
Kent said media coverage by mainstream sources is something every “LGBT newspaper ought to raise, which is simply, are we being treated equally, fairly, and properly, or are we still the target of an underlying, silent, hidden, discrimination which needs to be brought to light?”
— Joe Siegel
Business changes for Florida Agenda’s parent company
The parent company of Wilton Manors, Fla.-based Florida Agenda announced in February that it has completed the sale of its interests in the online media company Markslist Media, LLC.
Bobby Briggs, managing partner of Multimedia Platforms, LLC, wrote in an editorial published in the Feb. 23 issue of the Florida Agenda that the company had sold its remaining shares in the corporation that publishes Jump on Mark’s List earlier in the month. Multimedia Platforms launched its Foursquare, Facebook and Twitter pages to further enhance its web presence almost immediately after the sale became final.
The company also officially unveiled GuyMag.net on March 8. It averages 5,000 page views a week, while its Facebook page has roughly 7,000 fans. The Florida Agenda’s website remains the same.
“It is our goal to provide all of our online friends with a fun and exciting social media experience, a place to discover everything entertaining in South Florida,” wrote Briggs. “I think you will be quite impressed.”
Multimedia Platforms is also preparing to enter into a partnership with the California-based Cybermesh International Corporation. Briggs said the agreement with the publicly traded company – which had not been finalized by deadline – would allow Multimedia Platforms to acquire additional print and online publications in the United States and Canada.
Briggs told Press Pass Q that the first round of secured funds will be $1 million. “It gives us access to the public markets to raise capital to grow the company. It allows for us to get the necessary funding to grow.”
He added that he remains pleased with the revamped GuyMag.net’s success.
“We feel like we’ve really come out of the gate very strong,” said Briggs. “We have a very, very strong following and look forward to making acquisitions around the country to be able to grow the Multimedia brand.”
— Michael K. Lavers
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Thank you and gracias to Press Pass Q and Chuck Colbert for making She Magazine part of your top story last month – “¡Vamos a leer en Español!: More LGBT publications are reaching out to Latino readers with Spanish-language content” [http://www.presspassq.com/detail.cfm?id=127#feature).
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CORRECTION: Due to an error, a passage in last month's top story, "¡Vamos a leer en Español!: More LGBT publications are reaching out to Latino readers with Spanish-language content" [http://www.presspassq.com/detail.cfm?id=127#feature), did not include an accurate statement from Genre Latino editor Josue Santiago. The passage should have read:
Genre Latino's Spanish language content is the same as its English editorial sections and will remain in both languages. The reason is: "Some among the younger generation were born here in the United States and identify with the culture, music, food and everything else [Latino], but they don't speak fluent Spanish," Santiago explained. "If we really focused only in Spanish, we'd be alienating an audience that identifies as Latino. [Meanwhile,] older readers and recent immigrants are more likely to better understand Spanish and prefer to read and be addressed in the language they grew up with."
TRANSITIONS AND MILESTONES
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MICHAEL BRONSKI, the noted activist and author, has been named Harvard University Women’s and Gender Studies’ first Professor of the Practice in Media and Activism.
CHICAGOPRIDE.COM, the Midwest’s most visited news and entertainment website for the LGBT community, celebrates its 10th anniversary this month.
STEVE ESPINOSA, a former graphic designer for INSTINCT MAGAZINE, appeared as the magazine’s March 2012 cover model.
HERE!TV has announced a reorganization of its executive leadership team. The network’s production and creative services team will be based in the company’s New York office under the leadership of Senior Vice President of Original Programming and Development JOSH ROSENZWEIG. Broadcast operations will be lead by Senior Vice President of Broadcast Operations JOHN MONGIARDO out of Los Angeles.
BOB KECSKEMETY, news writer with Wilton Manors-based FLORIDA AGENDA, lost his long-time battle with bone cancer May 31, dying peacefully at Hospice by the Sea in Hollywood, Fla. He was 60.
MICHAEL K. LAVERS, a contributor to PRESS PASS Q, is the new news reporter at the WASHINGTON BLADE. He previously worked as national news editor for the EDGE MEDIA NETWORK.
THE LEATHER JOURNAL, based in Los Angeles, celebrated its 25th anniversary with its May 2012 issue.
BENJAMIN LEMKE is the new editor of Las Vegas-based QVEGAS.
NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION was launched this month to bring together top regional newspapers serving LGBT communities. Members include San Francisco’s BAY AREA REPORTER, the WASHINGTON BLADE, Boston’s BAY WINDOWS, Detroit’s BETWEEN THE LINES, DALLAS VOICE, New York’s GAY CITY NEWS, Atlanta’s GA VOICE and Chicago’s WINDY CITY TIMES.
PASSPORT MAGAZINE, the gay travel magazine, has launched its new digital edition at www.passportmagazine.com. Every issue will now be available via computers, e-readers and tablets, including the iPad.
THOMAS C. REEVES, a lifelong social activist and contributor to BALTIMORE OUTLOUD, died of heart failure on February 19. He was 72.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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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