The New York Blade

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The New York Blade was a free weekly newspaper focusing on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues in New York City, New York. The Blade was a member of the National Gay Newspaper Guild, and contained news, entertainment, classified ads, and free personals for men and women.

The New York Blade
Logo of newspaper
TypeLGBT Weekly newspaper
FormatTabloid, 52 pages/issue
Owner(s)HX Media, LLC
PublisherHX Media, LLC
Editor-in-chiefKat Long
EditorTrenton Straube
Ceased publication2009
HeadquartersNew York City
Circulation22,000 free copies [1]

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The New York Blade was founded in 1997 as a New York edition of the Washington Blade. The paper immediately came under fire from gay rights advocates because of indications that it would be half-owned by News Communications; straight ownership.[2] They were also criticized for choosing objective reporting over LGBT advocacy and not having an editorial page.[2]

When the New York City Police department started a campaign to hire LGBT police officers, they placed advertisements in the newspaper.[3]

The paper featured Alison Bechdel's comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For.[4]

The paper, along with the Washington Blade, was acquired by Window Media, LLC in 2001, and both were then sold to HX Media in 2007. Kat Long succeeded Trenton Straube as editor-in-chief in February 2009. The paper ceased publication in July 2009.[1]

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References edit

  1. ^ a b Lee, Jennifer (July 1, 2009), "New York Gay Newspaper Suspends Publication", The New York Times, retrieved August 9, 2015
  2. ^ a b Halbfinger, David M. (October 22, 1997). "A Mini-War of Gay Newspapers: A New Weekly Draws Fire". The New York Times. p. B1.
  3. ^ Knowlton, Brian (September 14, 1999). "New York Starts Campaign To Hire Gay Police Officers". International Herald Tribune. ISSN 0294-8052. ProQuest 316978100.
  4. ^ Martin, Rachel R., ed. (October 5, 2018). Alison Bechdel: Conversations. University Press of Mississippi. p. 86. ISBN 978-1-4968-1928-4.

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