Portland gay paper Just Out is
shutting down after 29 years, The
“Effective December 26, 2011, Just
Out newsmagazine, serving Portland's LGBT community since 1983,
is no longer in business,” a note on the paper's website reads.
“Three years of recession have taken their toll.”
In an email to The Oregonian,
publisher Marty Davis confirmed the closure: “Just Out has
closed its doors and shut down its computers.”
Davis added that there are no plans to
continue publishing content online. The free publication was
published twice monthly.
According to the paper's Facebook
page, its December 9th issue was its last.
“It is with great sadness that I have
to announce today that Just Out newspaper, having put up a
helluva fight against this dammed 'Great Recession,' will be unable
to continue publishing,” editors wrote in a Monday post. “Thank
you for being our 'Friends' and for reading Just Out, these
past 29 years.”
The decision to shutter was described
as a “total surprise” by blogger Byron
Beck, who freelanced for the paper.
The closure comes just months after
Logo-owned gay news site 365Gay.com
suddenly ceased operations on September 30.