By: E&P Staff
Kay Longcope, who founded the gay weekly Texas Triangle after retiring from The Boston Globe, died Thursday after a year-long battle with pancreatic cancer. She was 69.
The Austin-based Texas Triangle was the state’s first statewide gay paper, and was characterized by a seriousness of purpose. The paper, for instance, refused the sex ads that are the lifeblood of many gay-oriented newspapers.
Longcope’s death was reported in a Friday Austin (Texas) American-Statesman article by Miguel Liscano. Her survivors include her partner of 17 years, Barbara Wohlgemuth.
Longcope grew up in Brownwood, Texas, and wanted to be a journalist even as a child, her twin brother Charles Longcope Jr. told the American-Statesman.
She wrote for The Daily Texan while attending the University of Texas. Longcope began working at the Globe in the early 1970s, covering civil rights and, later, gay and lesbian issues. She spent 22 years at the paper, retiring in 1992.
With Wohlgemuth as its business manager and Longcope its editor and publisher, the first issue of the Texas Triangle was published in October 1992.
“People just loved it because it was just different from any other gay paper,” Wohlgemuth told the American-Statesman. “It was a paper they could show their parents or leave on their coffee table.”
Longcope sold the paper in 1996. In 2004, owner Angle Media Inc. sold the paper to QTexas Publishing LLC, which merged it with its QTexas Magazine to create the free magazine TXT Newsmagazine.