Renee LaChance, Jay Brown,
When Renee LaChance and Jay Brown founded Just Out in 1983, they wanted to create a newspaper that covered all aspects of the queer community with integrity and good writing.
Renee and Jay broke new ground when they looked for advertisers outside of the gay community – something previous gay newspapers had not done. But it worked, and Just Out proved to its advertisers that readers did indeed support the business that advertized with the paper.
Jay Brown died in 1990. In 1998, Renee knew it was time to move on and sold the paper to Marty Davis. By then, other local gay newspapers had long since faded away. Just Out became a main source of information about the queer community. It was especially important to people who were new to Oregon or who had recently discovered they were gay.
Marty guided the paper into the digital and internet age. She continued the tradition of integrity and good writing. The paper weathered several economic downturns, but by the December of 2011, the economic depression had taken its toll, and Marty closed the paper.
Just Out was purchased by Glenn-Kipp Publishing, Inc in early 2012. Under the leadership of Jonathan Kipp, Just Out resumed publication as a glossy, all-color monthly magazine for the area’s LGBTQ community.
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