The Death of Gay Media?
Interesting story in the latest issue of GT and on various online bulletins about the magazine Attitude. First launched in 1994, Attitude was always the younger orientated magazine. More about sexy men and decadent lifestyles than politics and campaigning (read Gay Times). It’s interesting therefore that Attitude seems to have vanished from the shelves again amongst rumours that they’ve gone bust. According to GT the next issue will be out in August due to problems with the printers. Is there still a market for gay orientated magazine? I think so. I just don’t know whether gay youth still see having a gay magazine as all that important. This could be another sign of the ever changing ‘gay culture’ that no longer sees the first gay magazine purchase as a significant event. The Beautiful Thing (play and film by Jonathan Harvey) depicts such a scene and it’s long established in the gay mythology. As I think I’ve mentioned on this blog before – for me it was Manchester Piccadilly train station in 1999 on my way back to Uni. OMG I’m buying a magazine with the word “gay” on in big letters. Surely everyone in this line is looking? Does buying a magazine with “gay” on carry anything like the same stigma/prejudice today? I’d welcome peoples thoughts!