Vermont’s Only Gay Paper Folds After 21 Years

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By: E&P Staff

Out in the Mountains, a monthly newspaper serving Vermont’s gay and lesbian community, has folded after 21 years, a victim of increased coverage of gay news by mainstream newspapers on the Internet, as well as its decision to reject some advertising that has sustained other gay papers.

In a note to readers in the final issue, Kim Howard, secretary of the non-profit Mountain Pride Media Board that ran the paper, said the paper had been relying on savings and donations for months. At the time of its final issue, she said, the available funds were down to “just a couple of hundred dollars,” before payroll expenses.

“The organization could not afford to go on,” Howard wrote.

Vermont’s only gay paper is shutting down at a time when gays in the state enjoy rights not extended elsewhere, including same-sex civil unions.

OITM, as the paper was also known, refused to sell ads for alcohol, tobacco or bathhouses, which are mainstay advertisers in the gay press.

“There were healthier ways to be gay, and we wanted to explore those,” Euan Bear, a former OITM editor, said in Howard’s article. “The choice has cost us, because we chose to not be exploitive of our own community.”

Howard’s article noted that the OITM has ceased publication “more than once” in the past, and come back. This, however, will be the final closing.

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