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Gay & Lesbian Times Definitely Dead

"I can assure you that Gay & Lesbian Times is dead," says Nicole Murray-Ramirez, who has been a San Diego columnist since 1973, including many years with the Gay & Lesbian Times. "One of the writers is looking at starting a weekly, and out-of-town gay publications [from Palm Springs and Los Angeles] are looking at expanding here," says Murray-Ramirez. The head of Gay & Lesbian Times, Mike Portantino, was hospitalized for awhile, but is now out, according to reliable sources. "A good segment of the staff has gone to Gay San Diego," which is run by San Diego Uptown News. The two publications alternate each week. "Portantino left me with a bounced check," says Murray-Ramirez. Other former staffers complain that they weren't paid or their check bounced.

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"I can assure you that Gay & Lesbian Times is dead," says Nicole Murray-Ramirez, who has been a San Diego columnist since 1973, including many years with the Gay & Lesbian Times. "One of the writers is looking at starting a weekly, and out-of-town gay publications [from Palm Springs and Los Angeles] are looking at expanding here," says Murray-Ramirez. The head of Gay & Lesbian Times, Mike Portantino, was hospitalized for awhile, but is now out, according to reliable sources. "A good segment of the staff has gone to Gay San Diego," which is run by San Diego Uptown News. The two publications alternate each week. "Portantino left me with a bounced check," says Murray-Ramirez. Other former staffers complain that they weren't paid or their check bounced.

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A shame the employees got scammed with bad checks. Not to mention loss of income from not having a job.......

Oct. 19, 2010

Response to post #1: Print media are having a hard time. The publication Editor & Publisher just fired its editorial staff, for example. Incidentally, I am not familiar with Dorchester Media. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 19, 2010

Response to post #2: You should hear some of the complaints of ex-U-T people. Really sad. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 19, 2010

You should hear some of the complaints of ex-U-T people.

Oh, I am sure there is some bad blood, but the UT never stiffed anyone with bad checks. These people have to pay their bills, their rent, etc., this is not the time to get stiffed for $$$ you have earned.

And the chances of them finding ANY kind of legit, bonafide employment in this economy is not good.

I feel for these folks.

Oct. 19, 2010

Response to post #5: The good news is that some are finding employment at Uptown's Gay San Diego. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 19, 2010

Response to post #7: Yes, it's tough. Editor & Publisher just laid off its editorial staff. It appears that the new owners don't want honest coverage of the newspaper industry's woes. Best, Don Bauder

Oct. 19, 2010

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