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Queensland Pride goes from monthly to fortnightly

Queensland Pride goes from monthly to fortnightly

LAST UPDATED // Friday, 26 October 2012 08:44

After 21 years, LGBTI magazine Queensland Pride will move from a monthly to a fortnightly schedule from October 25, with an increased distribution across the entire state of Queensland, Mark Anthony, company director of Evolution Publishing, has announced.

Brad Monaghan, group publisher of Evolution Publishing, which publishes Queensland Pride, said the move came after nine months of market research and community consultation.

“Having received a tremendous amount of support from the community, from advertisers and, most importantly, from our dedicated readership, the change to fortnightly comes as Queensland enters an uncertain political climate following the recent change of state government,” Monaghan said.

“We intend to report on and explore how this change affects our valued readership and what the future holds for the state.”

Queensland Pride editor Andrew Shaw said adopting a fortnightly rotation will allow the magazine to include more news and views on political issues affecting the LGBTI community, as well as arts and queer culture, and was in response to editorial, subscriber and advertiser feedback.

Shaw said although larger mainstream news organisations had not fared well against stiff online competition, the magazine-reading public is more than ever looking for a sophisticated publication that cuts through the static generated by the media’s information overload. He said Queensland Pride speaks directly to the community it serves.

“The impact of the changes the LNP government has introduced so far this year, such as the defunding of Healthy Communities and the planned changes to surrogacy laws, are of immense interest to our readers,” Shaw said.

“There’s a lot happening in Queensland right now and as a fortnightly we can showcase more of it and more often.”

After October 25, QP is also changing the day it hits the streets, from Thursday to Friday, in time for readers to pick it up for the weekend.

The next issue of Queensland Pride will be out on Friday, November 9.

Part of Evolution Publishing’s suite of magazines, Queensland Pride first appeared in January 1991, with an editorial focus on gay law reform, HIV/AIDS prevention and entertainment. It came out as Queensland emerged from three decades of conservative, anti-gay political rule and reflected a new era of LGBTI community optimism. Two decades on, Queensland Pride is still advocating for equal rights and against the roll-back of the advancements made by the LGBTI community.

Queensland Pride is owned by Evolution Publishing, publisher of this website.