Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Everything Old Is New Again

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Everything Old Is New Again

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Readers' attachment to The Advocate has always been remarkable. Everyone looks for stories in our pages that remind them of themselves, and when they find them, they let us know. Readers send in news clippings, story ideas, and photos of their weddings and kids. When we get something right, sometimes they call just to say thanks. And when we get something wrong--well, that's when we really know how high the standards are that readers set for us.

I consider every passionate reader response, happy or unhappy, a significant compliment--not to me, but to this magazine as a nearly 38-year-old institution. Having survived late '60s persecution, '70s isolation, the onslaught of AIDS in the '80s, "don't ask, don't tell" and the Defense of Marriage Act in the '90s, and the latest full-scale war against the truth by the pseudo-Christian right, The Advocate has become an enduring symbol of pride and defiance. We, its current caretakers, can only hope to live up to the magazine's history, to earn the trust and respect of each new gay and lesbian generation as our predecessors have done.

It's our job to stay relevant. It is therefore only after considerable thought and planning that we have redesigned and restructured The Advocate for this, our annual Pride Issue. The changes in the print edition will give us more flexibility and accessibility, more options for relaying information, and more ways to respond to the evolving demands of our 21st-century readers. …

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