25 years and not done yet

Letter from the publisher

Twenty-five years…
How time flies,
So much has changed,
Our community has come so far,
We have lost so many people,
Our youth have no idea.

We must keep on keeping on…
For the youth who need to know our history,
To honor the ones who paved the way,
Because the job is not done yet.

For 25 years now, qnotes has reported to and about the LGBT community — the good news and the bad news and sad news. There have been many joys and many tears. We have reported the passing of our own staff, our friends and colleagues — many from HIV/AIDS — and we have reported many celebrations. Things like Lawrence v. Texas, Pride events, buildings bought, community centers organized, people who received awards for jobs well done, for dollars raised and social and educational events.

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We have been here for you — our community. The three reasons we have been here and will keep on keeping on is our readers, staff and advertisers. If not for all three, the paper would not be here.

Our readers are ultimately the reason for qnotes. Whether you read us in print or at goqnotes.com, I’m grateful for you. I trust we have served you well over the last 25 years. We do this for you. Please give us feedback. We want to know if we are meeting your needs. Tell us what you want to see on our pages and our website. We know times are changing — economically, socially and technologically. How does that affect your relationship with qnotes? Let us know.

Our staff has always given more than people know. Low pay, tireless hours and their hearts — all for our community. I want to thank each and every one of them over the full 25 years. I want all of you to know how much I appreciate you and I want the readers to know how hard these folks have worked over the years —all of them: editors, graphic designers, writers, bookkeepers, delivery people, web designers, proof readers, ad sales people and support staff.

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Our advertisers are the only way this paper survives financially. Ad revenue is the only income we have. So, a big thank you for all of you who have supported us over the years. I trust and believe it has been a mutually beneficial relationship. For those business owners who have not ever advertised, I have often said, if every LGBT-owned business ran just a business card ad in qnotes, we could add many pages and editorial content to the paper.

For the next 25 years, we will keep on keeping on. As a community, as a people with a common thread, we need to work together, give our resources and time, so we can make a better place, not just for ourselves, but for those that come after us.

Thank you for the past and the great future ahead of us — and keep on keeping on. We will. : :

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