In early 2012, our community got word of a new newspaper being planned. Melanie Davis, who had been publishing El Hispanic News, announced that she would start a newspaper called PQ Monthly. The PQ stands for “Proud Queer”. (http://www.pqmonthly.com/)
Melanie entered the market with a real advantage. She had already been publishing another newspaper for many years. This gave her both experience and an existing business structure. Joining her in the new enterprise was her domestic partner Gabriela Kandziora.
PQ Monthly’s first issue was in February 2012. It touts its inclusiveness with the slogan:
EVERY LETTER, EVERY COLOR, EVERYWHERE
This is an indication that it includes all ethnicities, as well as the full range people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or queer.
PQ Monthly was the first major Oregon LGBTQ publication that was born after the Internet had become so pervasive. So from the start, both the current and past issues were available at PQ Monthly’s site http://www.pqmonthly.com/. To this, it added a blog with frequent updates.
By that time, Facebook had also become a major means of communication. So PQ Monthly has created a Facebook page to keep Facebook community members aware of current events. A unique addition is the paper’s “Monthly Press Party” which coincides with the release of each new issue and is open to the public. The venue is always a public place and the party has become a major method for community members to network.
The future of mass written communication in the Oregon LGBTQ movement
Oregon’s LGBTQ movement was born from a newspaper in 1970. Beginning in early 1971, it has been almost continuously served by a periodical of some type. The paper version has always been published, while recently online versions have also been available.
The printed word has continued its popularity despite the many alternatives of audio and video. Clearly there is something in print, whether on paper or online, that appeals to Oregon LGBTQ people. It could be that print can easily be read repeatedly, allowing the best comprehension. Printed communication is likely to remain an essential part of our community.