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SIDNEY ABBOTT, a longtime New York City-based activist and co-author of the 1971 book, “Sappho Was a Right-On Woman: A Liberated View of Lesbianism,” died on April 15, 2015, in a house fire in Suffolk County, N.Y. She was 77.
Tracy Baim

TRACY BAIM, publisher and executive editor of Chicago’s WINDY CITY TIMES, is author of the new book, “BARBARA GITTINGS: Gay Pioneer,” the first full-length biography of the woman who has been called the mother of the gay rights movement.

STEVE BLANCHARD stepped down as editor of Orlando, Fla.-based WATERMARK as of May 15, 2015. After 10 years with the newspaper, Blanchard is now the media relations coordinator for the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, a cancer research hospital.
FRONTIERS, based in Los Angeles, entered its 34th year of publication with its April 30-May 13, 2015, issue.
GAY PARENT MAGAZINE, based in Forest Hills, N.Y., published its 100th issue with its May/June 2015 issue.
WILLIAM B. KELLEY, writer and editor of the newsletter of Mattachine’s Midwest chapter, died in his sleep on May 17, 2015. The longtime Chicago-based LGBT activist leaves behind his partner of 36 years, CHEN K. OOI. He was 72.
Michael K. Lavers

MICHAEL K. LAVERS, a reporter for the WASHINGTON BLADE since 2012, was named the newspaper’s first international news editor. The new position was created in recognition of the newspaper’s growing focus on LGBT issues worldwide.

THE MONTROSE STAR, based in Houston, Tex., entered its sixth year of publication with its April 8, 2015, issue.
ROBERT MOORE, co-founder and former publisher of the DALLAS VOICE, was a winner of the Press Club in Dallas’ Excellence in Journalism Award — North Texas Legends. Awards were given out at a May 21, 2015, ceremony.
MULTIMEDIA PLATFORMS WORLDWIDE, publisher of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.-based FLORIDA AGENDA, has issued a Letter of Intent to acquire New York City-based NEXT MAGAZINE from RND PUBLICATIONS.
Volume 17
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