Xtra celebrates 25 years in print

    TORONTO, June 4 /CNW/ - Xtra, Toronto's gay and lesbian biweekly, is 25
years old this year. In celebration of this milestone a special anniversary
edition is set for release on Thursday, June 4.
    Not to be missed, Xtra's 25th anniversary edition is jam-packed with news
and features including Stuck in Bill C-150's Private Realm of Sin, the second
part of Senator Laurier LaPierre's account of the decriminalization of gay sex
in Canada; The Next 25 Years, Kamal Al-Solaylee's analysis of the future of
gay journalism in a rapidly changing media landscape; A Peek Behind the
Curtain, Michael Pihach's profile of Xtra and the ideas that drive it;
Copenhagen Calling, David Walberg's guide to the host city of this summer's
World Outgames; and If It's Rockin' Success Comes Knockin', Kevin Ritchie's
profile of Toronto rock trio, The Cliks.

    About Xtra:

    Over the past quarter-century, notepad and pen in hand, Xtra has reported
and conspired on issues of huge import to gay and lesbian Canadians.
    It has grown and adapted as times have changed, reporting on the
political battles of the 1990s and 2000s: the defeat of the Ontario NDP's Bill
167, which would have granted spousal rights to same-sex couples; the raids at
Remington's, the Bijou and Pussy Palace; the censorship battles of Little
Sister's and Glad Day bookshops; same-sex-marriage and, more recently, the
debate surrounding the criminalization of HIV/AIDS.
    Each year Xtra donates more than $750,000 worth of advertising and
services to groups and organizations that help to build stronger and more
vibrant gay and lesbian communities.
    Reaching 85,000 readers each issue, and published by Pink Triangle Press,
Xtra is Canada's largest and most widely read gay and lesbian publication. Its
influence reaches far beyond Toronto's gay communities.

    About Pink Triangle Press (PTP):

    Pink Triangle Press is Canada's largest gay and lesbian media
organization by far. It is one of the most diversified and fastest-growing gay
media enterprises in the world. Founded in 1971 to advance the struggle for
sexual liberation, its defining activity is lesbian and gay journalism. The
press is a not-for-profit corporation but it earns its revenues in the
    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.

For further information:

For further information: about PTP and Xtra's 25th anniversary edition:
Heather Lampa, Marketing Coordinator, Xtra, (416) 925-6665 Ext. 243,

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