Washington, Atlanta Gay Papers to Close

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Our sister papers in Atlanta and DC are reporting that the Washington Blade and the Southern Voice are both closing this week.

Queerty (which has one of the all-time great mottos) has a good roundup - it's a bit confusing, but it seems the federal government's Small Business Association lent approximately $40 million (there's that number again) to an equity fund controlled by the owner of Window Media, which publishes the two papers and a host of other gay papers. So DC and Atlanta aren't the only cities that will be losing gay papers as a result of the liquidation.

I'm embarrassed to say I'm unfamiliar with the SoVo, but the Blade is an institution; here's a scan of the 1969 newsletter, the Gay Blade that evolved into the current paper.

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