PHILADELPHIA, October 3, 2006 –
Celebrants of October’s Gay History Month will have icing to add to their
cake this year as a collection of leading GLBT newspapers will, for the
first time ever, collectively recognize national and local pioneers from the
Sixteen major GLBT newspapers from
across the country will promote Gay History Month in their publications with
exclusive articles from some of the nation’s most well-known activists,
sports figures, authors and entertainers.
Among those slated to appear are
Congressman Barney Frank, tennis champion Martina Navratilova, and Oscar
Award winning writer Bruce Vilanch.
In addition to the nationally known
and distinguished pioneers, each publication will also celebrate a roster of
their local GLBT leaders.
“We want to celebrate our homegrown
gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender heroes along with those who are
nationally known,” said Dallas Voice publisher Robert Moore. “And we want
to help our National Gay History Month gain the momentum it deserves.”
Mark Segal, publisher of the
Philadelphia Gay News and the founder and coordinator of the Gay History
Project added: “Local gay newspapers are the most complete, comprehensive
record of LGBT history; no individual, organization or traditional medium
has the knowledge and experience which make up our almost 40 years of
Among the publications taking part
in the celebration are: Philadelphia Gay News, San Francisco’s Bay Area
Reporter, New York City’s Gay City News, Dallas Voice, Chicago’s Windy City
Times, Detroit Pride Source, Boston’s Bay Windows, LA’s Frontiers, Seattle
Gay News, Echo Magazine of Phoenix AZ, Washington DC’s Metro Weekly, Out
Front Denver Colorado, Minneapolis’ Lavender Magazine, San Diego Gay and
Lesbian Times, Inside Out in Nashville, and Cleveland’s Chronicle.
The participating publications have a combined circulation of over one half
million – making the project the largest GLBT media promotion in the history
of the gay press. This first-time event is expected to become a yearly