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End of the Washington Blade

The Washington Blade, the weekly newspaper that chronicled the coming-out of the capital's gay community, was born amid the idealism of 1960s street protests. Monday, the paper died, victim of the unforgiving realities of the nation's sagging newspaper industry. Read more.

By Jodi Westrick  |  November 17, 2009; 10:04 AM ET  | Category:  Local Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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When I was in high school, before I came out, I used to sneak copies of the Blade into my parents house. I'd read every story, every ad, daydreaming about what it would be like to be free. When I told my parents about being gay, they read it too, and it helped them understand me. To some people it might have been a rag, but to me it was always something precious. I'll remember it fondly for the type of life it showed me, for the afternoons spent laughing at the personals with my sister, and for the dog-eared and tear-stained pages that kept my parents and I together.

Posted by: jwrigh25 | November 17, 2009 1:20 PM

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