It's a big week for queer media in town!
The first news: Just Out is back from the dead! The long-beleaguered newspaper folded in December after 30 years in business, but a new publishing company announced on Just Out's Facebook page that they're resuscitating the paper:
Jonathan Kipp, the president of Glenn-Kipp Publishing, Inc., announced today that his company will purchase the necessary assets from former Just Out publisher Marty Davis to continue the publication.
“Just Out has been an important centerpiece to our community for three decades,” Kipp says. “Our goal is to reinvent Just Out so that it can be here 30 years from now informing and entertaining our community.”
Kipp is the former founding publisher of Portland Bride and Groom, now published by the owners of Portland Monthly and Seattle Metropolitan.
Kipp also wrote news and feature stories for Just Out in the late 1990’s.
“Gay magazines have come and gone over the years. Just Out has been here through thick and thin. That says something about the community,” Kipp says. “That’s why this is an important publication to resurrect.”
Glenn-Kipp Publishing, Inc., also owned by Kipp’s partner Eddie Glenn, will first re-launch JustOut.com, the publication’s website. Then, Kipp says, we’re going to start from the ground up and re-launch Just Out so that it is better than ever. Kipp says much about Just Out 2.0 will be different, but the focus on the community will be even stronger.
This news just happens to come in the same week that another queer magazine is launching in Portland, in part to fill the void left by Just Out's demise. PQ Monthly is hosting a launch party tomorrow night at the Jupiter Hotel. PQ will aim to be "your source for LGBTQ news in the Pacific Northwest."
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