10 Montrose voice/June 4,1982
Gay press holds
Members of the Gay Press Association
held their first convention over the Memorial Day weekend in Denver. Over 100
members of the association from around
the United States attended the three-day
conference held at the city's downtown
The Gay Press Association is a nonprofit, professional trade organization
dedicated to the betterment of journalism
in the gay community. GPA's members
include publishers, editors, writers, salespeople, photographers, artists and administrative personnel from the gay media
as well as gay journalists who work in the
Three representatives of the MONTROSE VOICE attended.
Realizing a need to bring all members of
the gay press together into one cohesive
national organization, the GPA was organized in 1981. The group is attempting to
make an impact on the quality of gay journalism by establishing ethical and stylistic guidelines, sponsoring educational
programs, and taking stands to uphold
the rights of the gay media by fostering a
strong national network of journalists
and business people.
Keynote speakers at the convention
were Randy Shilts, openly gay reporter for
the San Francisco Chronicle and author of
"The Mayor of Castor Street," a biography of Harvey Milk; and Arthur Bell,
well-known gay columnist for New York's
Association elections were held on Sunday and Joe DiSabato of New York, owner
of Rivendell Marketing, an advertising
representative firm specializing in the gay
press, was re-elected president. Mark
Segal of the Philadelphia Gay News was
reelected vice president.
Jack Campbell ofthe Club Baths Chain
and president of Campbell Publishing,
which has connections to Florida's gay
newspaper, The Weekly News, was picked
by the southern states caucus, which
includes Texas, as its representative on
the board of directors. The southern caucus also voted to hold a regional convention in Atlanta in November.
A highlight of the convention was the
unveiling of a new computer system and
the establishment of the "GPA Wire Service." DiSabito said the new service will
revolutionize the transmission of gay
news from around the country—news that
formerly traveled by mail from one gay
publication to another.
National gay news will be available to
members who join the service instantaneously, thereby shortening the time gap
between the time that news happens and
the time that it is made available to readers of gay publications. Publications subscribing to the GPA Wire Service will have
the capability of both receiving and transmitting news stories and features, which
means that late-breaking news stories in
Houston could be put on the wire service
by the VOICE and these stories will be
immediately available to other gay publications around the country for inclusion
in their next issues.
The VOICE said it expects to be "on
line" on the wire service by August 1.
DiSabito said that the real beneficiaries
of this new technology will be the readers
of member gay publications.
In addition to seminars and workshops
1. Joe DiSabato, a New York media
representative specializing in gay
publications, was re-elected president of
the Gay Press Association
2. Elected to represent Houston and the
southern district on the GPA's board of
directors was Jack Campbell (left) of
Campbell Publishing. Also shown is
Mark Segal, publisher of "Philadephia
Gav News," who was reelected vice
president of the GPA.
3. Randy Shilts, openly gay reporter for
the "San Francisco Chronicle," was a
4. Noted New York "Village Voice"
openly-gay columnist Arthur Bell was a
5. MONTROSE VOICE publisher Henry
McClurg (right) chats with Lucia
Valeska, executive director of the
National Gay Task Force. Valeska will
appear in Houston during Gay Pride
Week. In Denver she conducted a
workshop for the gay press. "From
Local Clout to National Muscle: Dialog
About the Next Step."
on the GPA Wire Service, delegates were
kept busy most ofthe weekend attending a
number of other seminars on various subjects, including business management
and organization, graphic design, legal
and ethical aspects of the gay press and
feature article writing.
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