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Gay Chicago ceases publication

Windy City Times becomes Chicago's only LGBT newsweekly

Chicago, IL — Gay Chicago, a newsweekly serving Chicago's LGBT community, has stopped publication effective immediately. The news follows an announcement last week that the paper would switch to a biweekly publication effective Sept. 21. 

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"It is with great sadness that we have come to this point in our publication's history," said publisher Craig Gernhardt in a statement released Thursday. 

Gay Chicago replaced the defunct Gay Chicago Magazine on March 2, 2011 when the publication reorganized as Gay Chicago Foundation, an Illinois not-for-profit. 

The former Gay Chicago Magazine was founded in 1976 by the late Ralph Paul Gernhardt and was published by Gernhardt Publications for more than 35 years. 

Gernhardt died in 2006 of lung cancer, leaving the publication to his children Craig and Christy and publisher Stacy Bridges, who left the publication in 2009. 

Questions concerning the stability and future of Gay Chicago were abundant following last year's reorganization. Those questions were again raised with last week's announcement by managing publisher Dane Tidwell that the publication was cutting its weekly print schedule to biweekly. 

"Continuing print operations became more and more difficult in the past few years with dwindling ad revenues and rising print and operating costs. We just can't sustain our old model anymore," said Gernhardt. "It's time to turn toward a new direction."

Gernhardt indicated stories would continue to be posted online; however, there was no word about the future of the Gay Chicago staff or offices located on W. Belmont Ave.

With Thursday's announcement, Gay Chicago follows the Chicago Free Press in Chicago's LGBT print history. CFP shuttered in April, 2010. 

"It is always sad when a print publication folds," said Tracy Baim, co-founder and publisher of Windy City Times. "Chicago has a rich history of LGBT media, going back to the 1960s when Mattachine Midwest published a critical newsletter for our community. Gay Chicago Magazine was part of that history, and that legacy will remain a part of the movement for many years to come."

The Windy City Times, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2010, remains Chicago's only weekly LGBT print publication. 

Grab Magazine, which is published by Bridges and former Gay Chicago Magazine sales manager Mark Nagel, Boi magazine and Nightspots continue to print biweekly. 
I didn't even know that there was a gay chicago newspaper...
Posted by BlackeVelvet on Fri, 9/30/2011 1:39 PM
That is sad but just make an iPhone/iPad app and you'll be back in the game.
Posted by Nathan Handy on Fri, 9/30/2011 1:41 PM
Charge like 1.99 an issue if gay times and other gay magazines can do it for 4.99 I'm sure you can make profit on 1.99
Posted by Nathan Handy on Fri, 9/30/2011 1:42 PM
Speaking of an iPhone app... have you seen the Out & About app for iPhone and Android. Check it out!
Posted by on Fri, 9/30/2011 1:43 PM
That sucks!
Posted by Gina Simmons on Fri, 9/30/2011 5:45 PM
That's terrible! That leaves WCT, which is bad. WCT isn't exactly a HIV negative, GLBT-focused publication for all races. But, neither was Gay Chicago magazine, with equally homo phobic, self-hating & racist reports.
Posted by Calvin Townsell on Fri, 9/30/2011 5:55 PM
Good riddance. They only put online racist stories about black male crime suspects in lily-white Boystown. Being left though with Windy City Times is as bad.
Posted by Calvin Townsell on Fri, 9/30/2011 6:12 PM
a sad day
Posted by Dianic Priestess on Fri, 9/30/2011 10:03 PM
Print is no longer relevanet in our Internet driven world. People wants their news NOW not next week. With sites like Chicago Pride, the leader in online LGBT Chicago news, and news sites like , people can get their news and entertainment much quicker.
Posted by Michael517 on Mon, 10/3/2011 6:11 PM
perhaps maybe if they lowered the cost of placing an advertisement ad in their paper they would get more advertisers to support the paper. But when it costs almost $800 for 1 print add thats about the size of a business card i can see why they're going down! They bit the hand that fed them and no one can afford to advertise in them which in turn kept them going!
Posted by meowmixxx419 on Fri, 10/7/2011 9:51 AM
@MICHAEL517 Best Gay Chicago is not a news site, it pretty much just puts up press releases- there's a difference.

@MEOWMIXXX419 Yes- if they cut their prices in half, maybe they could sell twice the amount of ads!
Posted by KelseyO on Tue, 10/11/2011 11:15 PM
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