Gay issues being ignored; Xtra publishes 16-page ad-free supplement on Harper and religious right



    TORONTO, Sept. 24 /CNW/ - Pink Triangle Press (PTP), Canada's gay and
lesbian media group, is calling on all Canadians to cast their votes to defeat
the Conservative Party in the Oct 14 federal election.
    Voters need to know the whole story before they go to the polls. Today
PTP publishes a special advertising-free supplement online at the new Xtra.ca
and a 90,000-copy, 16-page insert in Xtra, Xtra West and Capital Xtra.
    Stephen Harper and the Rising Clout of Canada's Religious Right is an
in-depth examination of how the Conservative Party pandered to antigay,
faith-based groups to win a minority government in 2006. The piece, written by
award-winning journalist Marci McDonald, originally appeared in the Oct 2006
issue of The Walrus magazine.
    "Were... gestures - like Harper's promised vote on reopening the gay
marriage debate - mere sops to a constituency that the Conservatives need to
transform their mandate into a majority?" writes McDonald. "Could it be that
Harper has tied the Conservatives' future to a strategic faith-based alliance
modelled after one that is already beginning to backfire on his ideological
soul mate in the White House?"
    "Candidates in this federal election are not talking about issues
specifically affecting gay and lesbian people," says Matt Mills, Xtra's
associate publisher and managing editor. "This Conservative government was
elected partly because the Harper campaign promised antigay, faith-based
groups that it would actively marginalize gay and lesbian Canadians.
McDonald's work illustrates that point brilliantly. We are running it in the
Xtra publications because I believe every Canadian ought to read it before the
Oct 14 vote. This could be the most important election for gay and lesbian
Canadians in decades. We've got to vote and we've got to avoid a Conservative
majority."

    About Pink Triangle Press (PTP):

    Pink Triangle Press is Canada's leading gay and lesbian media
organization. It is one of the most diversified and fastest-growing gay media
enterprises in the world.
    Among its enterprises PTP publishes Xtra, Xtra West, Capital Xtra and
Xtra.ca. It publishes The Guide and Guidemag.com as well as fab magazine and
fabmagazine.com. It operates Squirt.org and Cruiseline. It produces the
international travel television show Bump and is a shareholder in OutTV.
    PTP provides more than $750,000 annually in sponsorship value to Canadian
gay and lesbian community and cultural organizations.

    See Stephen Harper and the Rising Clout of Canada's Religious Right on
Xtra.ca.





For further information:

For further information: about PTP and Stephen Harper and the Rising
Clout of Canada's Religious Right: Matt Mills, Associate publisher and
managing editor, Xtra, (416) 644-5232, matt.mills@xtra.ca, www.xtra.ca

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