Issue:  Vol. 47 / No. 49 / 7 December 2017
 

New LGBT paper in nation’s capital to be called DC Agenda

The nation’s capital will have a new LGBT paper and news Web site Friday under the name DC Agenda, the Bay Area Reporter has learned. The new online portal at DCAGENDA.com and weekly paper is the reincarnation of the Washington Blade, which folded earlier this week.

“That is the name,” said Lynne Brown, formerly the publisher of the Blade who is overseeing the launch of the new paper.

Brown, who registered the domain name Tuesday, November 17, said the staff landed on the name once it was determined there was no trademark issues with using it.

She also joked that, “There is a homosexual agenda, according to the right wing,” before adding that, “Our personal agenda is to delivery of quality news of the DC metro area serving the population formerly served by the former publication known as the Washington Blade.”

On Monday the Blade ceased publishing along with the other LGBT media holdings of Window Media. As the B.A.R. reported in its edition today (Thursday, November 19) the company’s majority stockholder, Avalon Equity Partners, has been under receivership with the U.S. Small Business Administration since 2008, and it declared bankruptcy earlier this week.

The staffs of the company’s papers in D.C., Atlanta and south Florida arrived to work that morning to find the doors to their newsrooms locked shut. Within hours the staff of the Blade had regrouped and set about to launch their own newspaper.

A two-page printed version of the new DC Agenda is set to hit the streets by Friday morning when the new Web site is also expected to go live, said Brown. At a party the staff held Wednesday night the D.C. Gay Men’s Chorus showed up to buy an ad on the back page of the first edition.

“I haven’t cried yet,” said Brown, who declined to say how much the ad cost. “They paid what they wanted; they were very kind to us. It was the first and it was lovely they did it.”

The staff also launched this week another Web site – www.savetheblade.com – where they are selling bricks as a way to raise money to pay for the new media venture.

“It is a yellow brick road and it is paving the way to our future service as a community newspaper,” said Brown.

— Matthew S. Bajko, November 19, 2009 @ 12:12 pm PST
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