Thank you. When Norm Kent died in April, my business partner Justin Wyse and I had no idea what the future would hold for South Florida Gay News. It quickly became clear the business model was not sustainable, and we shut the company down.
We had hoped to keep the name SFGN alive and going for many years to come. But if we had attempted to do so, there would be no newspaper at all today. Rather than drag out the process, we decided to expedite it – closing up shop in six weeks.
We decided that giving up the name, and the company, in the short term would potentially allow us to remain in the community for the long term.
We were right.
It’s hard to describe the overwhelming support we’ve received since launching OutSFL on June 1. Our readers stuck with us. So did our advertisers.
Besides this paper you’re reading, we’ve also launched a bi-monthly high glossy magazine, and an annual directory of LGBTQ-friendly businesses. We’ve launched the OutCircle, for our donors. And we have more ideas coming in 2024, including launching a new supplemental publication for the campus of Florida Atlantic University to reach a younger audience.
Before SFGN, Kent had owned Express Gay News. So while shutting SFGN down was painful, I knew that his true legacy would continue to live on through our work – no matter what the name is. It’s the content that matters.
This week is our 30th issue, and we’re looking ahead to 30 more, and 30 more after that. With your support – we can do it.
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