ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Despite the faltering state of affairs in LGBT media across the country, the publisher of three LGBT-focused publications in the Carolinas says his company is growing.
OnQ Network’s Jamie Seabolt and Stereotypd‘s Lin Orndorf and Porscha Yount announced on Aug. 24 the merger of their companies. Stereotypd, an Asheville-based monthly LGBT newspaper, will now be published by OnQ Network, based in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The company also publishes the glossy nightlife guide OnQ Carolina Edition and the smaller, Charleston, S.C.-based Drag Magazine.
“With our now sister publication, OnQ Carolina Edition, showing the only growth in gay media throughout the Carolinas this year, it only made sense to share that opportunity and growth with Stereotyd‘s readers,” Seabolt said in a press release. “The same edgy and thought-provoking content that you have come to know from us in Western North Carolina is now going to be shared with the entire Carolina region — from the mountains to the coast, north & south.”
Seabolt promises growth for the Asheville-based publication. “You will notice many positive changes over the next 3 months as we grow with OnQ Carolina Edition including enhanced directories, a new magazine layout, and a new two-state distribution,” he said in the release.
Lin Orndorf, Stereotypd‘s former editor-in-chief, will continue as managing editor. Porscha Yount, former business and creative director, will continue as art director. Seabolt will serve as publisher and executive editor. Former owner and publisher Ira Schultz will still have a role to play with the publication, including writing his weekly column, “This week with Stephanie Sinclair.”
Published monthly, Stereotypd has a print circulation of 8,000. OnQ Carolina Edition has a bi-weekly print circulation of 5,000.
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