In awe of first presidential election after fleeing Cuba

by Yariel Valdés González(Yariel Valdés González, a contributor to the Washington and Los Angeles Blades, was granted asylum in the United States because of the persecution he suffered in Cuba as a journalist. He now lives with his boyfriend in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. […]

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Pressing Questions: Erie Gay News of Erie, Pennsylvania

Interview with Editor Michael Kenton Mahlerby Joe Siegel Geographic coverage area: Erie County and surrounding counties in Pennsylvania, New York State and Ohio Year founded: 1992 (in October 2020, Erie Gay News published its 300th issue) Staff size and breakdown: 1 volunteer […]

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TRANSITIONS AND MILESTONES

(What’s happening at your publication? Let us know. Email editor Fred Kuhr at editor@presspassq.com) THE BLADE FOUNDATION’s 2020 scholarship, worth $3,000, was awarded to KAELA ROEDER, a journalism student at American University, a former intern for the NATIONAL PRESS FOUNDATION, a digital media […]

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Covering Election Night without candidate events due to COVID-19

by Joe Siegel The way LGBTQ media covered the 2020 election was more subdued than in the past due to social-distancing rules in light of the coronavirus pandemic. “It was very different this year first because of the pandemic, but also because […]

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LGBTQ media react to local wins and a presidential nail-biter

by Joe Siegel “Presidential election results too close to call.” That was the November 4 Washington Blade headline, encapsulating the nail-biter nature of the contest that lasted for almost a week. “Biden as of the Blade’s print deadline was ahead of Trump […]

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Virtual NLGJA conference focuses on coronavirus and elections

by Joe Siegel This year’s annual NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists was held virtually for the first time this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The event, which ran October 23-25, featured more than 30 breakout sessions and special guests included […]

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Banks having difficulty connecting with LGBTQ consumers in 2020

by Fred Kuhr Banks and other financial institutions are mainstay sponsors of events such as Pride celebrations. They also often advertise in LGBTQ media. These are among the ways that such businesses build what is known as LGBTQ “brand equity” or “brand […]

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When not to cover a Trump story

by Mark Segal (Mark Segal is the publisher of Philadelphia Gay News. This column originally appeared in PGN. It is reprinted here with permission.) Before the election, a Trump “gay pride” rally was held in our back yard. PGN chose not to […]

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TRANSITIONS AND MILESTONES

(What’s happening at your publication? Let us know. Email editor Fred Kuhr at editor@presspassq.com) ECHO MAGAZINE, based in Phoenix, entered its 32nd year of publication with its October 2020 issue. Additionally, BILL OROVAN stepped down as publisher as the magazine was sold to […]

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Publications adapt as markets hit by second wave

by Joe Siegel The novel coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on the economy, shuttering businesses and forcing the cancellation of concerts, festivals, parades, parties and sporting events. As well, LGBTQ publications have been severely impacted, resulting in a sizeable drop in advertising […]

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