Gay weekly Washington Blade will resume publication Friday.

Publisher Window Media shuttered its most recognizable newspaper – along with six other LGBT publications – last November after filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Also affected were the Atlanta-based gay weekly Southern Voice, as well as the Houston Voice, David Atlanta, South Florida Blade and 411 Magazine. The company had already closed down three additional properties: HX Magazine, the New York Blade and monthly glossy Genre.

Former Blade staffers knocked out DC Agenda in less than a week, filling the vacuum for gay-related news in the nation's capital.

In February, DC Agenda founders – Publisher Lynne Brown, Editor Kevin Naff and sales executive Brian Pitts – purchased the Washington Blade's name, assets and archives in bankruptcy court for $15,000.

The Blade began publishing in 1969 as a leaflet distributed through the city's gay bars and evolved into the nation's longest-running gay weekly.

“For more than 40 years the Washington Blade's commitment to excellence in journalism made it a weekly 'must read' for the LGBTQ [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender & Questioning] community locally and even worldwide,” Naff told DC Agenda. “This is the tradition we have tried to emulate with DC Agenda. We are thrilled that the Washington Blade is once again owned locally.”

In deciding whether to return to the Washington Blade name, the paper surveyed readers who enthusiastically supported the move.