Regarding the recent news about the parent company of the LGBT "newspaper of record," I have mixed feelings. While we do not want to lose an LGBT voice, publications such as The Blade may have condemned themselves to irrelevance. As I have noted in previous posts, The Blade often seems like the house organ of a narrowly defined subset of queerdom, eerily disconnected from the way so many of us live.
For one thing, how badly do we need a "gay" publication as stridently anti-gay-male as The Blade can be? As I noted in another publication, The Blade often came across as too much like The Washington Times on issues near to me.