Gay and Lesbian Times

The Gay and Lesbian Times was a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) newspaper in the San Diego, California area. The Times was a member of the National Gay Newspaper Guild. The paper originally launched in January 1988 as the San Diego Gay Times.[2]

Gay and Lesbian Times
Final Gay and Lesbian Times print edition, No. 1188, published on Sept. 30, 2010
Final print edition, No. 1188, published on
September 30, 2010
TypeLGBT weekly newspaper
Owner(s)Gay Times, Inc.
Founder(s)Michael Portantino
FoundedJanuary, 1988
Ceased publicationSeptember 30, 2010 (2010-09-30)
HeadquartersSan Diego, California
Circulation9,000 [1]

In May 2010, it was accused of defrauding advertisers over circulation counts while being saddled in debt.[1] In September 2010 it folded.[2]

In December 2010, its founder Michael Portantino committed suicide by jumping from the Park Manor Suites, a historic 7-story San Diego hotel popular with the gay community.[3]

Another major newspaper, the San Diego Gay and Lesbian News, launched in 2009 and continues to the present.


  1. ^ a b "San Diego gay newspaper publisher commits suicide", EDGE Boston. December 16, 2010. Accessed February 10, 2013
  2. ^ a b "‘Gay & Lesbian Times’ closes doors after 23 years", Gay San Diego. October 25, 2010. Accessed February 10, 2013
  3. ^ "Michael Portantino, publisher of Gay and Lesbian Times, dies at 52", Blanca Gonzalez. Sign On San Diego. December 9, 2010. June 8, 2011. Accessed June 8, 2011