Houston Voice Shuts Down

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The chain that publishes the Houston Voice and other gay-community papers nationwide -- including the venerable Washington Blade -- has gone kaput.

Gawker and other media are reporting that Window Media, the financially strapped company that owns more gay news titles than any other chain, has shut everything down.

The Houston Voice website now gives you an error message, and the phone "is no longer in service."

In Atlanta, where the chain has two publications, a sign on the door says "It is with GREAT regret that we must inform you that effective immediately, the operations of Window Media, LLC and Unite Media, LLC have closed down."

Window Media has been struggling for some time, so the move is not unexpected; perhaps the quickness with which the ax fell, though, is.

The Houston Voice has been around in one form or another since 1974, according to this website.

Update: We've heard from the guy who edited the Voice back when it was vital, before it went on life-support mode that involved minimum coverage. Says Eric Ervin:

The truth is that Houston Voice has been shut down for some time now. I was the last editor of the weekly newspaper format. Window Media abruptly closed up shop at least two years ago and ordered the two employees that were working there--an advertising guy and an office assistant--to work at home. You know as well as I do that that was a nice way of saying, "The end is near." Joey Guerra, who writes for the Houston Chronicle, was hired shortly afterwards to edit Houston Voice is its new form. That lasted for maybe about two issues before it was dumped. Window Media had been keeping Houston Voice's website up until recently, but it didn't feature any Houston-specific news.
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The Houston Voice
The Houston Voice

Actually the Houston Voice is back and the new website is houstonvoice.org and it is slowly recovering as a GLBT news site.

Todd
Todd

Houston Voice is a Phone Systems Provider for VoIP and IP Centrex Solutions

Eric F.
Eric F.

McKinney, you are exactly right. Jesus doesn't care. Please go away and leave us happy people alone. We do not need or want your brand of salvation. Go brush up on your English skills.

Chris McKinney
Chris McKinney

This should be cheered as another voice from satan is silenced telling the Homosexual that Jesus does not care and he cannot change and become a new person throgh enternal salvation.

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logan lee

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Ray Conley
Ray Conley

Sorry...in my letter please change Michael Dotson to Dave Wilson. Wilson is the guy that sent the weird postcard. Sorry, Michael.

Ray

Ray Conley
Ray Conley

I am straight as a board but have great sympathy for gay and lesbian people. I also got the card Michael Dotson sent and was appalled At the twist he put on the candidacy of Anise Parker. How can anyone be "compassionate" about people "trapped in homosexual behavior" and in the same breath say her election will "trap millions of more people in its deadly grip"? And on top of that, use Houston Voice as his platform! On the other side we are told (tongue in cheek)being a lesbian qualifies her to be mayor. Great Living God!! Is there some remote uninhabited island we can send this guy to?

Michael E. Dotson
Michael E. Dotson

A postcard arrived in our mailbox today.It was paid for by Dave Wilson.He lives, according to the postcard at:1512 W. 34th St.Houston, Tx 77018

The postcard is in reference to the run-off election between Annise Parker and Gene Locke. It asks, "Is this the Image Houston wants to portray?"Now my partner and I have already voted and will vote again for Ms. Parker. We find this postcard as drivel and very offensive, it goes on to say, that homosexuality, is a behavior and that we are ensnarled in our lifestyles. We are also, saddened at the demise of the Houston Voice. This gentlemanhas taken the liberty of using a picture from Issue 1211 January 9, 2004 WWW. HoustonVoice.comThe picture showw Ms Parker being sworn in as City Comptroller, as her partner, Kathy Hubbard, looks on.In closing, is there a litmus test on sexuality, for being Housotn's Mayor?

Paul
Paul

Wow, this news is really sad. I'm sorry sadistic people like Mary continue to pollute the Earth with their mindless drivel. Hopefully she'll get hit by a bus and increase the IQ of our poor state :)

Mary
Mary

:another generic comment to piss people off:

Mary
Mary

Well look at this. Some good news in the news after all. Maybe a few more will go bankrupt. :)

Anonymous
Anonymous

And according to the whois record, the site has been registered since March 14th, 1997, pretty early in web history.

The Houston Voice
The Houston Voice

Actually the Houston Voice is back and the new website is houstonvoice.org and it is slowly recovering as a GLBT news site.

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