Out In Perth magazine bites the dust

Perth-based gay and lesbian newspaper Out In Perth has published its last edition.

The free newspaper has been published monthly for the past four years and was available at 300 locations in WA. It was supplemented by a website.

Staff at the Maylands-based newspaper arrived for work yesterday, only to be told the newspaper would cease publishing immediately.

They were asked to pack up their belongings and go home.

Out In Perth editor Graeme Watson wouldn’t comment when contacted by Western Independent this morning.

“I have no comment,” he said.

Journalist Leigh Hill thanked Mr Watson on his Facebook page for giving him his first journalism job. He confirmed he was now looking for a new job.

LGBTI community activist and former Pride WA president Paul van Lieshout Hunt said he was upset at the closure of Out in Perth.

He said the newspaper had been very successful.

Out In Perth focused on sexaulity and gender diversity and covered news and events around Perth. It also had a special focus on the city’s night life.

The closure comes after Scoop Magazine closed its publishing arm last week after 19 years of operations in Perth.