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‘DC Agenda’ debuts to fill void left by closure of ‘Washington Blade’

dcagendaJust days after the Washington Blade ceased publication, several former employees of the 40-year-old gay and lesbian newspaper launched a new, more modest version of the paper on Friday.

Following the Blade’s surprise closure earlier this week, some former employees decided to rally around their craft and put together a new paper and Web site to serve the LGBTQ community in the nation’s capital. The result is the DC Agenda.

Publisher Lynne Brown and Editor Kevin Naff said in a letter posted online that “the staff of the paper remains united,” and currently is working on a volunteer basis.

“The strength of the Washington Blade did not lie in its brand name — it came from the spirit of those who worked passionately to serve and inform our community. Those people are still here. Our work continues,” writes Naff in today’s inaugural edition of the DC Agenda.

The Washington Blade, founded in 1969, was considered one of the most influential publications written for a gay audience; it’s owner, Window Media, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy on Monday.

The paper’s staff is seeking financial support to cover the costs of printing, distribution, equipment and other related activities, and donations can be made at

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