The Washington Blade, the award-winning, 40-year-old newspaper of record for the LGBTQ community, returned to newsstands Friday, April 30, after its former parent company filed for bankruptcy and shuttered the paperin November 2009.
Since then, former Blade staff members have produced a new print and online publication each week under the name DC Agenda, owned by Brown Naff Pitts Omnimedia, Inc., which was founded by publisher Lynne Brown, editor Kevin Naff, sales executive Brian Pitts and other former Blade employees.
DC Agenda recently announced the acquisition of all assets of the Washington Blade, the nation’s oldest LGBTQ newspa- per, from bankruptcy court.The purchase included the Washington Blade name, all trademarks and copyrights and the entire 40-year archive.The Washington Blade debuted in October 1969 as a one-sheet newsletter distributed in D.C.’s gay bars.
“For more than 40 years the Washington Blade’s commitment to excellence in journalism made it a weekly ‘must read’ for the LGBTQ community locally and even world- wide,” said Editor Kevin Naff.
“There are benefits to the brand recognition of a publication that was highly trusted and respected for 40 years,” said Publisher Lynne Brown, also former Publisher of the Washington Blade and an employee of that publication for more than 20 years.“The power, effectiveness and strength of the Washington Blade came from the spirit and intensity of those who wrote the stories and worked with the local community.”