The publishers of Southern Voice and David Atlanta magazine — along with a handful of other gay publications — abruptly closed its doors over the weekend, ending a months-long battle with a federal receivership that has imperiled the gay media company.
A three-sentence notice was posted to the front door of the Window Media office in Atlanta before employees arrived Monday morning. It was signed by Publisher Steve Myers and longtime Window executive Mike Kitchens.
It is with GREAT regret that we must inform you that effective immediately, the operations of Window Media, LLC and Unite Media, LLC have closed down.
Please return to this office on WEDNESDAY, November 18th, 2009 at 11:00 AM to collect personal belongings and to receive information on your separation stipulations. Please bring boxes and/or containers that will allow you to collect all your personal belongings at one time.
The websites to Southern Voice and David, which were online early Monday, were shut down by 8:30 a.m. Visitors to the sites received an “unexpected error” message. Myers and Kitchens could not be immediately reached for comment Monday morning.
Laura Douglas-Brown, Southern Voice editor since 2006 and a longtime employee, posted a statement to the paper’s Facebook page about 9:15 a.m. Monday confirming the closure.
With deepest regret, as editor of SoVo, I have to tell you that we arrived at the office to learn that our parent company, Window Media, has shut down. While the 20 years of SoVo have come to an end, our civil rights movement is only beginning. I am personally grateful to all of the staff, and to all of you who have had the courage to share your stories. It has been the honor of my life to help you tell them.
Ryan Lee, David’s editor, posted a statement to his personal Facebook page:
Very sad this morning. awoke to horrible news and am tryin to maintain peace within me. but it’s painful right now 🙁
Window Media owns Southern Voice, David, the storied Washington Blade, Houston Voice, South Florida Blade and 411 Magazine. In Atlanta, the company employed more than two-dozen people.
Southern Voice shuttered, others in question (Law Dork)
Washington Blade, Southern Voice closed in Window Media demise (Bilerico)
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