WA’s free monthly gay and lesbian publication OUTinPerth is set to return under new ownership after being forced its doors less than two weeks ago.
OUTinPerth was forced to stop publication after fourteen years when the company that owned the rights to the magazine hit financial difficulties.
Editor Graeme Watson and journalist Leigh Hill have now obtained the rights to the publication and have asked the community to help fund its re-launch, setting up a GoFundMe page with the aim of raising $45,000.
“In today’s society it is so important that those from the LGBTIQ+ community get a voice. There is huge public debate over same sex marriage, Safe Schools Coalition, sexual health, the federal election and transexual issues,” Mr Watson said.
“I am truly invested in the media and giving these people a voice. Over the 10 days that the publication was down, there was so many stories and issues that Leigh and myself wanted to dicusss and share with the wider Perth community.”
Mr Watson said the publication was widely read in Perth.
“The magazine was avaliable at more than 300 locations accross Perth and out website attracted 300,000 sessions in 2015,”he said.
The money from the crowdsourcing campaign will be used to purchase computers, software, cameras and web services and it is hoped that the May edition, which was shelved when the company closed, will be released within a few weeks.
LGBTIQ+ community activist and former Pride WA president Paul van Lieshout Hunt said everyone in the community was sad to see the newpaper closee.
“It was one of the few platforms that allow discussions within members of the community,” he said.