Gay and lesbian newspaper shut down

by Kristi E. Swartz, Atlanta Journal Constitution

Washington Blade, Southern Voice and a handful of other gay publications natiowide have closed their doors after a long-time financial battle to stay afloat.

The publishers closed the papers over the weekend, the newspaper's editor, Laura Douglas Brown, confirmed to the AJC on Monday.Employees arrived at the newspaper's offices off of Briarcliff Road early Monday to find a door locked and a sign posted on the front:

"It is with great regret that we must inform you that effective immediately, the operations of Window Media LLC and Unite Media LLC have closed down."

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own said she got a call from a page designer at 7:30. "I came out here because I didn't want anybody to come and read the sign and be by themselves." Brown said.

Southern Voice, with a staff of about 20, recently celebrated its 21st anniversary.

Staff members have been asked to attend a meeting Wednesday at 11 a.m., at which separation stipulations will be discussed. Employees were also instructed to bring a box to collect their belongings.

Window Media LLC, the nation's largest gay and lesbian newspaper publisher, owns the Washington Blade, Southern Voice, Houston Voice, South Florida Blade, David Atlanta and The 411 Magazine.

The company was forced into receivership by the federal Small Business Administration earlier this year.

article originally published at Atlanta Journal Constitution.

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