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Where to find the DC Agenda

Imagine if you were able to obtain a piece of LGBTQ history when the Washington Blade hit presses 40 years ago…Now is your opportunity with the first issue of the DC Agenda out in circulation!

You’ll find the DC Agenda at the following locations:

Mr Henry’s, Results Gym (G St)
SMYAL, Banana Cafe
Phase One
Remingtons
Freddie’s Beach Bar
MLK Library
Annie’s, Apex
Dupont Italian Kitchen
Fireplace
HRC HQ and HRC Store
JR’s
KramerBooks
Lambda Rising
Leather Rack
Results Gym (U St)
Barrel House Liquor
Crew Club
Whitman-Walker HQ
Green Lantern
Halo
Universal Gear
DC Eagle
MCC
Nellie’s
Town

You can also find the DC Agenda in street boxes at:

Cafe Berlin, Eastern Market Metro, Capitol South Metro, Union Station, Columbia Heights Metro, Crystal City Metro, King St Metro, Courthouse Metro, Rosslyn Metro, Pentagon City Metro, McPherson Square Metro, Metro Center (13 & F), Wilson Building, Dupont Metro (Conn & Q, Conn & 19), CVS (17 & P), SoHo (22 & P), Farragut North Metro, Carribou Coffee (14 & Rhode Island), Whole Foods (14 & P)

After all this, the staff of the DC Agenda will be handing out all remaining first issues at 4:30pm est at the Dupont Circle Fountain!

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A clean slate for the DC Agenda

What was originally slated to be a “Tweetup” (gathering of Twitter users) had become something much different and far more important. It was the official announcement that what once was The Washington Blade is now the DC Agenda. The modest displaced staff were all present and greeted by the community with such a supportive embrace that it was a beautiful thing to behold.

Lynne Brown, publisher, and Kevin Naff, editor, each addressed the very large crowd in the very small back bar area at the Hard Rock Cafe in Washington DC to express their sheer gratitude for the outpouring of support the community and country has offered to all those who have been affected by the folding of Window Media LLC. There were many thanks given especially to the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington DC for being the sponsor of a full back page ad for what will be a “Modest first issue” although so many people will be happy to see it on the stands modest or verbose won’t really matter.

A website has been established in the meantime, http://www.savetheblade.com, which greets you with the following letter:

Gay news, straight facts.

If you found this site you probably know that after 40 years as the news source of record for the LGBT community, the Washington Blade ceased publication on Monday November 16, 2009.

Can we save the Blade?

While we cannot save the name we can certainly save all that was the essence and spirit of our LGBTQ Community’s newspaper of record.

The staff of the paper remains united and our mission to enlighten and inform remains steadfast. We wil launch a new publication that will bring you what we have always worked to deliver – gay news and information that is critical to our Metro DC LGBTQ Community.

A modest premiere issue of the DC AGENDA will be distributed across D.C. on Friday, November 20, 2009 and will also publish on the DC AGENDA’s new website.

We are deeply grateful for the outpouring of community support and interest. If you would like to be part of the new venture, please use our contact page to get in touch or send us an email. And, if you would like to contribute financially, you can do so here. The staff is currently working on a volunteer basis; financial support will be used to cover printing, distribution, equipment and other related costs.

Thank you for supporting us and please stay tuned.
Sincerely,

Lynne Brown, publisher
Kevin Naff, editor

And our united staff…
Remecca Amendariz
Robbie Barnett
Rob Boeger
Jeanni Centofanti
Lou Chibbaro
Joey DiGuglielmo
Patrick Folliard
Andrew Hartsfield
Chris Johnson
Michael Key
Danielle King
Josh Lynsen
Jeryl Parade
Brian Pitts
Phil Rockstroh
Aram Vartian

Obviously the DC Agenda will not be able to do this alone, they are doing their best to gather sponsorship, sell advertising space and they’re also reaching out to the community to “Buy a Brick” which will all those that do “to make an investment in the future of Washington’s LGBTQ community. Whatever you give will be used for gathering and publishing our LGBTQ news.” If you’re interested in contributing to the DC Agenda please refer to their site here.

I have no doubt great things will come from this new albeit seasoned publication!

I had planned on writing a rather extensive post on the statement Metro Weekly issued on the death of The Washington Blade. This morning upon researching a few points I came across the following article from the Washington City Paper Blog, titled Metro WeeklyIssues Terrible Statement About Demise of Washington Blade written by Erik Wemple.

Wemple breaks down the very affirming and respectful beginning of Metro Weekly’s statement then there are the remaining paragraphs which he describes as “dancing on the grave” of a body that is still warm. Below is the statement made by Metro Weekly regarding The Washington Blade:

Metro Weekly statement on Washington Blade closing

Sean Bugg and Randy Shulman, co-publishers of Metro Weekly, Washington’s acclaimed gay and lesbian newsmagazine, today issued the following statement in response to the news that the Washington Blade has ceased publication.

“As longtime members of the D.C. LGBT community, as well as the community of journalists, we are always saddened to see a newspaper or magazine cease publication. While we offer our condolences to the staff of the Washington Blade, we also offer our congratulations on what they and their predecessors achieved over the course of four historic decades of LGBT journalism.

“All of us at Metro Weekly take great pride in serving our community, and we look forward to continuing our growth as the source for local LGBT news, politics and entertainment.”

Metro Weekly is an award-winning newsmagazine that has provided the best in local news, lifestyle and entertainment coverage to the Washington LGBT community since 1994. Co-published by Sean Bugg and Randy Shulman, the 55,000-readership magazine is available for free at more than 600 locations in the D.C. metropolitan area and online at http://www.metroweekly.com.

 

Tweetup

Per the former Washington Blade Twitter account, the Tweetup is still happing Weds. 11/18/09!

@WashingtonBlade: Hope to see you 6 p.m. Wednesday at Hard Rock Cafe (999 E St, NW).We promise to make it worth the trip.

 

Attribution to the D.C. Wire via The Washington Post:

 

Norton Pledges Support for New Gay Newspaper

Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) said Monday night she and other local leaders should help the staff and editors of the now defunct Washington Blade form another newspaper to serve the city’s gay community.

“I know that many will agree that we should do whatever we can to help Blade editor Kevin Naff be successful in starting a new GLBT newspaper to serve the gay community and the national capital region,” Norton said in a statement.

Norton’s remarks followed Monday’s announcement that the Blade’s parent company, Window Media LLC, was ceasing operations at the company’s gay-oriented publications, including the Houston Voice, the South Florida Blade, and the Southern Voice newspaper in Atlanta.

Continue reading…

Blade editor Kevin Naff has released a statement to POLITICO:

Naff, who is not authorized to speak for the company, but can do so now as an independent citizen, tells POLITICO: “The Blade staff is united and ready to continue the paper’s long-standing mission. The first meeting for our new venture is Tuesday and we welcome the community’s input as we move forward.”

Continue for full article at Politico.com

By now I would imagine everyone is aware of the situation involving The Washington Blade shutting (and locking) it’s doors. The Washington Blade was owned by Window Media LLC,  the nation’s largest gay and lesbian newspaper publisher also owns Southern Voice, South Florida Blade & 411 Magazine, Genre Magazine amongst other LGBT publications. The company was forced into receivership by the federal Small Business Administration earlier this year.

Around 11:20am this morning via Twitter the below statement was issued:

@WashingtonBlade: “Washington Blade, like all Window Media publications, is closing today. Thank you for your support. (Keep following us for developments.)”

The Washington Blade can only be described as an institution of Washington DC LGBT life and to say it will be missed is an understatement! The best can only be wished to all those who have been displaced at this very sad time.