Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 3 / 18 January 2018
 

12 LGBT papers endorse Clinton

In an unprecedented move, all 12 of the country’s longest-serving and most award-winning LGBT newspapers are each separately endorsing Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton for president.

(Hillary Clinton greeted supporters during a campaign appearance in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Photo: Rudy K. Lawidjaja)

(Hillary Clinton greeted supporters during a campaign appearance in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Photo: Rudy K. Lawidjaja)

The announcement was made Wednesday, October 12 by the National Gay Media Association, a trade group of the country’s major-market legacy LGBT newspapers. NGMA members have a combined circulation in print and online of more than 1 million readers a week.

The Bay Area Reporter is part of the NGMA and endorsed Clinton back in May, ahead of the California primary.

But some of the other LGBT publications rarely – or ever – make endorsements in a presidential race. Some don’t make election endorsements at all.

For example, NGMA member Dallas Voice has never endorsed for any race in its 32 years.

The Windy City Times in Chicago is endorsing Clinton after having only endorsed a presidential candidate once in 16 years. That was for Barack Obama in 2008, publisher Tracy Baim told the B.A.R. in an email.

Baim said her paper previously endorsed at all levels of races, but stopped in 2000.

“The race for president is showing this country a clear choice of moving backward or moving forward on LGBTQ and other human rights,” Baim, also a spokeswoman for NGMA, said in a statement. “We know that the LGBTQ community is made up of diverse political voices. But the homophobia, transphobia, racism, anti-immigrant, and sexist nature of Republican candidate Donald Trump means that we can’t sit on the sidelines this election season.”

Clinton made history last week when she penned an opinion piece for NGMA member paper Philadelphia Gay News. In it, she talked about how, as president, she would advance the historic pro-LGBTQ equality agenda she and her running mate, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, have embraced.

“If I’m fortunate enough to be president, I’ll protect that progress we’ve fought so hard to achieve – and I’ll keep fighting until every American can live free from discrimination and prejudice,” Clinton wrote.

The other NGMA papers are: the Washington Blade, Between the Lines (Detroit), Bay Windows (Boston), Georgia Voice, South Florida Gay News (Ft. Lauderdale), Watermark (Orlando), Gay City News (New York), and the Pride LA (Los Angeles).

For more information, visit www.nationalgaymediaassociation.com.

— Cynthia Laird, October 12, 2016 @ 6:51 am PST
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