A local newspaper serving the GLBT community in Cleveland, Ohio says it is facing a financial crisis due to an unhealthy economy and competition from the Internet.

The Gay People's Chronicle, a local publishing fixture for 23 years, says it can no longer afford to publish its weekly paper. Owners of the paper say they considered shutting down entirely, but opted instead to cut back to a biweekly publication.

“While it is a somewhat bitter pill to swallow after a decade of being Ohio's weekly LGBT newspaper, there is a silver lining to every dark cloud. This move puts the Gay People's Chronicle on firmer footing than it has been for years,” wrote Anthony Glassman in a story titled Where's my Chronicle?

Glassman's article seems to suggest the paper is comfortable with its decision and believes advertising revenues will return as the economy strengthens.

We are not alone in feeling the effects of the current recession and the rise of the Internet; across the board, newspapers are feeling the pinch.”

Readers of the free paper appeared unsurprised. Some said the paper's coverage of local issues was weak and that its national reporting relied too heavily on wire reports.

I read it on the porch in about five minutes,” said one reader. “I'm not sure they could make it as a biweekly. The mainstream press covers gay issues pretty well now – news is no longer relevant after two weeks.”

The paper was one of a handful selected to interview Sen. Hillary Clinton in February. It is the only publication listed for Ohio in GLAAD's media reference guide.

While the beleaguered newspaper blames the Internet for its financial crisis, they suggest it might also be their future. “The possibility of creating a website that is more of a daily destination than a weekly port of call is open, and is being examined wholeheartedly,” Glassman wrote.

On the net: The Gay People's Chronicle is at www.gaypeopleschronicle.com