Melanie Davis, owner and publisher of El Hispanic News, has announced she will start an LGBTQ-focused monthly magazine just weeks after Just Out, Portland’s gay community magazine since 1983 closed its doors in December.
According to the magazine’s website, it will be called PQ Monthly and will put out the first issue Feb. 16. (Blogger and former WW "Queer Window" columnist Byron Beck broke the news yesterday at his website.)
The website and Facebook page describe the magazine as, “a monthly print and daily online publication covering Oregon and SW Washington's LGBTQ communities in all their diversity. We are committed to providing fair, timely and in-depth reporting on news that matters to LGBTQ people as well as insightful coverage of arts and culture.”
Davis’ El Hispanic News is the oldest Hispanic publication in the Pacific Northwest. She has been at the helm since 2010 but has worked there since 1992.
Just Out closed because “three years of a recession had taken their toll,” according to the magazine’s website.
Davis couldn’t be reached for comment, but she told The Advocate that she’d been approached by businesses and community members after Just Out closed who asked her to start a new magazine to replace it.
She says PQ Monthly will be modeled after El Hispanic News, with a monthly print magazine and a strong online and social media presence.