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

Capital Gains: One of the Nation's Most Respected Gay Newspapers Celebrates Four Decades of Looping in the Beltway

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

Capital Gains: One of the Nation's Most Respected Gay Newspapers Celebrates Four Decades of Looping in the Beltway

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IN OCTOBER 1969, four months after the Stonewall uprising, a group of activists began handing out a mimeographed newsletter in bars around Washington, D.C. Articles--written anonymously-warned patrons that cops were writing down the license plates of vehicles parked near the gay bars of Dupont Circle, and owners were being blackmailed. Those were the first days of the Washington Blade, now 40 years old and one of the oldest continuously published gay newspapers in the nation.

From its inception the Blade covered both its home region and the national news stories that appear each week on the D.C. stage. "We have two distinct audiences-local Washingtonians who go to their block and pick it up, and a half million online readers," says editor Kevin Naff.

What started out as a monthly publication transformed into a weekly nearly 30 years ago and, in the digital age, is now effectively a daily. Long before the advent of the 24-hour news cycle, the Blade was known for breaking stories that found their way into the mainstream media. …

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