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JOSH BAEZ has been named the HUMAN RIGHTS CAMPAIGN’s new vice president of marketing. He previously worked for Viacom Velocity as vice president of marketing operations and strategy. He is the coauthor of “The Gay and Lesbian Guide to College Life.”
BETWEEN THE LINES, based in Livonia, Mich., celebrated its 25th anniversary with its March 8, 2018, issue.
ANDY GARCIA is the new director of Creating Change for the NATIONAL LGBTQ TASK FORCE. He will oversee its annual conference as well as the entire Creating Change Department, including its leadership development programming.
KATHY GRIFFIN, the comedian who is in the middle of a comeback, attended the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on April 28, 2018, as a guest of THE WASHINGTON BLADE and THE LOS ANGELES BLADE. Previous Blade guests have included actress LAVERNE COX, professor and commentator MELISSA HARRIS-PERRY, and TV star NENE LEAKES.
TODD HEYWOOD, reporter for Livonia, Mich.-based BETWEEN THE LINES, was honored with The Lansing for Cesar E. Chavez Committee 8th Annual Humanitarian Award at a dinner over Easter weekend. The group chose to honor Heywood because of his history of research and his national recognition related to hate groups and hate violence.
CHRIS JOHNSON, White House reporter for THE WASHINGTON BLADE, won honorable mention for the Merriman Smith Award for print, which honours presidential news coverage under deadline pressure, from the White House Correspondents’ Association last month. He won, in part, for being first to report that the current administration fired all members of its AIDS advisory committee a few days after Christmas last year.
METROWEEKLY, based in Washington, D.C., celebrated its 24th anniversary with its May 3, 2018, issue.
MONTROSE STAR, based in Houston, entered its ninth year of publication with its April 4, 2018, issue.
OUTFRONT, based in Denver, entered its 42nd year of publication with its April 4, 2018, issue.
OUTSMART, based in Houston, celebrated its 25th anniversary with its April 2018 issue.
MICHAEL PETTY, husband of PHILADELPHIA GAY NEWS longtime office manager DON PIGNOLET, died April 26, 2018 from complications due to open-heart surgery. He was 73. The couple first met on Halloween 1975 and legally on Dec. 29, 2013.
PHILADELPHIA GAY NEWS won seven Keystone Press Awards, sponsored by the Pennsylvania NewsMedia Association. The awards will be given out at June 2, 2018, ceremony. The newspaper won top honors for weekly publications with over 10,000 circulation in the categories of editorial, column, news photo and photo essay. Works by MARK SEGAL, JEREMY RODRIGUEZ, JEN COLLETTA and SCOTT DRAKE were singled out for honors.
QNOTES, based in Charlotte, N.C., entered its 33rd year of publication with its May 4, 2018, issue.
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