Foundation Funds Grant to Succeed Folded ‘Southern Voice’ Gay Paper

By: Mark Fitzgerald

A foundation has given a $12,000 matching grant to help launch a gay newspaper to replace the folded Southern Voice, the paper’s founder and its former editor announced Tuesday.

On their Web site www.savesovo.com, Chris Cash, who founded the Southern Voice in 1988 and sold it in 1997, and former editor Laura Douglas-Brown, said they had received the matching grant from the Lloyd E. Russell Foundation.

“Lloyd Russell, a gay Atlanta activist and businessman, created the foundation ‘to promote unity, visibility and self esteem within the gay, bi, lesbian, transgendered, questioning (GBLTQ) and leather communities and to promote a positive image in the Atlanta area and throughout the Southeastern United States through community activities and services,'” Cash and Douglas-Brown wrote on the site.

Southern Voice’s parent company, Window Media, suddenly shuttered the SoVo, the Washington Blade and the rest of its gay-oriented newspapers and niche publications on Nov. 13, and last week filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation.

Cash and Douglas-Brown, who are soliciting donations for the new gay news outlet through the Web site, said they will convene a community meeting sometime next week to solicit ideas, and a name, for the new publication.

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