Twenty-five years ago this month a revolution in journalism was born in New York. It was called OutWeek magazine, and though it only lasted two years and may not be well-known today, it had a major impact on journalism and certainly how queer issues would be covered.
I grew up in an era when I never heard words like homosexual, lesbian, or gay. The publication of The Empty Closet and the social movement it represents brought those words out into the public dialog, and I believe that was a good thing.
I challenge the local, national, and international queer press to step back and look at the bigger picture. I suggest that you work harder to be journalists instead of just lazily stirring the pot we have been placed in by those who would do us harm.
While clearly the cost of operation was prohibitive, causing Gay Black Men News to cease publication, another reason, according to publisher and founder Ralph Emerson, was the lack of support from the LGBTQ communities of African descent.