After 40 years, the Washington Blade closes down
Yesterday, as I was tidying up my place, I came across my only copy of the Washington Blade, which I had picked up at a conference in D.C. last year. I almost threw it out, but said to myself, "Hmm. This is a classic," so I kept it. And now, I'm glad I did. Not only is my Washington Blade 8 December 2008 edition a classic, it is a memento of America's oldest and most respected gay newspaper that just went under.
Launched in 1969, the Washington Blade focused on international and regional political issues concerning LGBT persons with additional coverage of entertainment and nightlife in the D.C. area. The newspaper had just celebrated its fortieth anniversary in October 2009. Window Media, the company that owns several gay publications, including the Washington Blade, as well as the Southern Voice and David in Atlanta, has ceased operations of all its titles due to problems linked to, among others, the general challenges that print publications face in an increasingly online world.
Well, this blogger still enjoys that tactile experience of holding, folding, and reading a newspaper, from time to time.