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Genre Magazine Suspends Publication

Genre Genre magazine has suspended publication due to the recession, the Washington Blade reports, though the other publications under Avalon Equity's umbrella — the Washington Blade, Southern Voice, South Florida Blade, New York Blade and HX magazine — will continue to operate, according to CEO David Unger.

Said Unger:  "We thank all of our readers, advertisers and editorial staff for their support throughout our more than 16-year history and hope that we can re-establish our relationship when times are better."

In early February it was revealed that Avalon Equity had been forced into receivership by the Small Business Administration. Gay City News reported: "In its 2008 lawsuit seeking to force the receivership, the SBA wrote that the 'capital impairment' was 61 percent in August of 2007 and that it rose to over 134 percent by December of that year...The percentages cited in the lawsuit suggest that Avalon had little or no capital left as private investors were pulling their money out, businesses owned by Avalon were losing money, assets in the fund lost value, or some combination of the three.""

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  1. "Temporarily" is going to be a rather long time.

    Posted by: Gianpiero | Mar 20, 2009 7:18:37 PM

  2. I read "Genre" a long time ago, when it, and I, first came out, and, well, just speaking personally, I thought it celebrated and promoted some pretty rotten values. (What rotten values, you ask...before I was about to hit the "Post" button? Lookism, big time, youthism, big time, materialism, big time; vanity... superficiality... conformity... snootiness. Full of unattainable [and arguably not worthy of attaining] people and things. I guess I can't fault anybody who found it a good read, but it wasn't for me.)

    Posted by: Bumpkin | Mar 20, 2009 9:01:21 PM

  3. I don't think it will be all that missed.

    Posted by: Trasker | Mar 20, 2009 9:05:11 PM

  4. I hate for ANYONE to lose their jobs, but, I have to agree with Bumpkin. Gay pubs in general celebrate a lifestyle that I don't think the vast majority of LGBT people live.

    In addition, they consistently neglect minorities, women, transgender, in short anyone that falls outside of the supposed "Gay ideal". I honestly don't think they are racist and hope that no one thinks I'm implying that. I do, however, feel that they are classist and dreadfully insular in their editorial direction and probably their staffing.

    Of course, I'm being rather general here, but, I think with the explosion of blogs and sites like this one, Gay mags that don't wake up to a more diverse Gay world have no one to blame but themselves when they join Genre as a thing of the past.

    Posted by: Derek Washington | Mar 20, 2009 9:29:54 PM

  5. Look! A silver lining.

    Posted by: Bryan | Mar 20, 2009 9:59:25 PM

  6. I get (got) Genre free for being part of a networking site. What a waste of time! And paper! Pointless and trivial articles that seemed to just be shilling for the advertisers. If they had real information written by people who really knew what they were talking about it would be different, but that wasn't the case. It was very amateurish.
    No big loss, as far as I'm concerned.

    Posted by: Tatts | Mar 20, 2009 10:16:28 PM

  7. Well, I remember when our illustrious editor here was editor at GENRE. The magazine was much stronger during Andy's and even Chris Ciompi's reign. I was partial and loyal to the magazine because GENRE was the first national publication to give press coverage to the North Carolina Gay and Lesbian Film Festival when I was the marketing director. That meant a lot to me and I'll mourn its demise as a bit of nostalgic memories. On the other hand, the pr0nofied versions of recent years caused some interesting and uncomfortable silences between my father and I when we were packing my car for my move.

    Posted by: nillachino | Mar 21, 2009 1:11:40 AM

  8. Amtrak's inflight mag was a better read.

    Posted by: Joel | Mar 21, 2009 1:16:39 AM

  9. Yes, I too got Genre free for a time (and through a glitch kept receiving it free), and found it's content and writing terrible (in a "Sex" issue, they mention barebacking as a possible choice and also don't do much to call out safe sex practices).

    I don't mean to slam gay print media in general, but I get nothing out of most gay mainstream publications. OUT I read in 5 minutes (and never buy it), the Advocate, maybe 10 minutes (but it's all news I've read on the internet). This my friends is why print media is doomed.

    Posted by: otterpop | Mar 21, 2009 1:17:40 AM

  10. They sorta suspended it already about 4 months ago. This is like pronouncing dead someone whose been brain dead for years. What took them so long to be honest with the public about the situation?

    Posted by: Mission Poet | Mar 21, 2009 1:13:51 PM

  11. I almost subscribe to this right before they stopped delivering, thank god I didn't

    Posted by: CONFESSIONS OF A BAD BOY | Mar 21, 2009 2:47:40 PM

  12. Genre was a horrible magazine and I'm not sad to see it go. Its content (if you can call it that) perpetuated every stereotype of the "gay ideal": perfect body, expensive fashion, sex, hair gel, facial products, porn. I felt dirty after flipping through it.

    OUT is the only gay pub I read regularly. I admire the work of editor Aaron Hicklin. I think he's talented and creative and at least tries to cover different aspects, ideas, populations within the gay community.

    Sadly, though, magazines are a dying industry. My teenage nieces and nephews don't read anything in print. They skim online. What are we in for when this generation runs the country?

    Posted by: Steven | Mar 21, 2009 3:01:11 PM

  13. I'd agree with most here that this is no big loss. It might have been of some value once thanks to its homocentric eye candy photography, but now men's fashion pubs have that too, and they do it better (see: V Man).

    Posted by: Anonymous | Mar 21, 2009 3:24:46 PM

  14. Most of the gay magazines truly suck. The only one that I read on a regular basis is Attitude Magazine since 1996. They write stories that US gay publications just can't seem to or won't write about. Attitude is 10 times better than Out magazine.

    But Genre had a good run, it's time to call it a wrap. It was a pretty pointless magazine.

    Posted by: A.C | Mar 21, 2009 3:45:21 PM

  15. Too bad, so sad.

    Posted by: Bran | Mar 21, 2009 4:50:15 PM

  16. I agree, i got it for several months, free,and all of the contents, were ,well, from another 'galaxy'...thin, terribly vane,stories about south beach snob jocks,their fav. gyms, their (bragging) SIZE,and much more...good riddance, 99% of us live in the REAL WORLD....

    Posted by: codyj | Mar 21, 2009 5:11:04 PM

  17. Never read it. Won't miss it. Why the fuck is this news?

    Posted by: troll | Mar 22, 2009 12:44:29 AM

  18. Instinct and Out are also piles of crap. It would be nice to have a real gay magazine. I love Towleroad and other online sources, but I will always love the printed page (meaning, one I can hold in my hands).

    Posted by: Paul R | Mar 22, 2009 1:42:48 AM

  19. Gay magazines have to do start reflecting the real lives of LGBT people instead of the fantasies they've been marketing since the 90s.

    It may not be as upscale but I think they can get a more dedicated and diversified readership.

    Then again, publishers, record labels, and tv/film studios may all be rendered obsolete by blogs. I think it's strange that all these presumably smart people can't figure out a way to stay financially viable in this era.

    Posted by: Anthony in Nashville | Mar 22, 2009 11:31:42 AM

  20. Thank God!
    I didn't ask for them so stop sending me those pieces of shit you call magazines Genre and Out!

    Posted by: shane | Mar 23, 2009 9:15:42 AM

  21. I always thought it had potential and often bought it because I feel the need to support gay publications (and often purchased it from the Oscar Wilde Bookstore until they closed). However, with each subsequent issue, I found myself more and more disappointed. I tried to give it a chance--even when Neal Boulton took over. With the flashy new appearance, I thought, "Okay, it'll be like the gay Cosmo." However, the content was almost 100% non-existent. What little "writing" graced the (very few) pages was both pathetic and poorly edited. I wrote to the magazine numerous times and offered to proofread for free, but they never responded. Ha! I could have accepted it as a superficial gay glossy mag with sex advice, fashion advice, etc. if it had pulled that off well, but (alas) it failed miserably at the very thing it seemed to be trying to do.

    I agree with many of the rest of you, though, in that I pity the death of the printed word. If Andy Towle ventured into the realm of print publication again, I'd put myself behind it whole-heartedly.

    Posted by: Jason | Mar 23, 2009 10:54:52 AM

  22. Haven't read it for years. Boring publication. Won't be missed.

    Posted by: Jack M | Mar 23, 2009 11:13:41 AM

  23. I recently received a free subscription to Genre Magazine as part of a promotion for a networking website that I joined. I though Genre was a total piece of crap that rarely--if ever--featured hot men of color like me.

    Posted by: OnyxStud | Mar 23, 2009 4:31:32 PM

  24. I recently received a free subscription to Genre Magazine as part of a promotion for a networking website that I joined. Genre was a total piece of crap that rarely--if ever--featured hot men of color like me.

    Posted by: OnyxStud | Mar 23, 2009 4:32:47 PM

  25. You fools. So short have no memory of gay history. You should all be glad that there was a GENRE magazine period.

    Many of you guys moan about how terrible the magazine was, but this coming from citified ghetto gays shows how little you know about the importance of remaining visibly gay - OUTSIDE OF YOUR OWN NEIGHBORHOODS.

    FYI, when Richard first started the magazine printers refused to print it because of its GAY content and was only printed under threat of legal action.

    The loss of Genre is sad and means so much more than many posters are apparently able to fathom.

    Daniel Hernandez

    Posted by: Daniel Hernandez | Mar 26, 2009 7:47:42 PM

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