Just Out Magazine Closes its Doors After 9 Month Run
Just Out printed a glossy LGBTQ magazine from June 2012-February 2013 under publisher Jonathan Kipp. Prior to its closure in December 2011, Just Out was owned by Marty Davis and published as a bimonthly newspaper. The newspaper was founded in 1983 by ReneÃ© LaChance and the late Jay Brown.
By Erin Rook, PQ Monthly
Just Out, the glossy LGBTQ magazine that launched in Portland last June, is shutting its doors, according to an email sent out to advertisers. In it, owners and publishersÂ Eddie Glenn & Jonathan Kipp write:
WhenÂ we purchased Just Out last year, we believed that by switching it to a monthly magazine format we could turn it into a viable business and continue the 30 year tradition of the title. After 9 issues, ad sales did not reach the level that we needed them to be at, and because the publication is purely advertising supported, it does not make business sense to continue publishing the title.They go on to thank their readers and contributors for their support over the 9 months Just Out magazine was in business and add that advertisers who paid through the March (or later) issue will receive a refund.
Editor-in-Chief Alley Hector has not yet responded to a request for comment. Glenn-Kipp Publishing, Inc. (former publishers of Portland Bride and Groom) purchased Just Out's name and other assets in February 2012 from Marty Davis (no relation to PQ Monthly publisher Melanie Davis), who closed the doors at the once-bimonthly newspaper the previous December. Marty Davis purchased the newspaper from co-founder ReneÃ© LaChance in 1992. Full disclosure: I worked for Just Out from March 2010 until it closed in December 2011, as an associate editor and freelance writer. Marty Davis says she has no comment on the closure, in a public status post on her Facebook page. When Just Out closed in 2011, she posted the following note to the publication's website:
It is with great sadness that I have to announce today that Just Out newspaper, having put up a helluva fight against this dammed "Great Recession," will be unable to continue publishing. Our 12/9 issue was/is our last publication. Thank you for being our "Friends' and for reading Just Out, these past 29 years.
Originally founded by LaChance and the late Jay Brown in 1983, Just Out was the area's longest running LGBTQ publication until Davis closed the business. She told PQ's publisher that she had declared bankruptcy.