Excellent content for today's LGBT media outlets
Today's LGBT readers want what's relevant, sassy, fun and informative. We've crafted Q Syndicate's lineup of celebrity features, columns, puzzles and cartoons to appeal to LGBT readers' unique sensibilities, making Q Syndicate publications a must-read with each issue. Our writers are the best in the business, bringing professionalism, insight, humor, passion and creativity to Q Syndicate and to your publication.
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A Couple of Guys
Summary: A Couple of Guys follows the adventures of actor Eric and cop Joey and the colorful characters who inhabit their lives - from Marty, Eric's shock-jock brother-in-law to Matisse, the gay dog. Lesbian neighbors Sue and Simone are an active part of the strip, as is successful hairdresser David and his boyfriend Miguel. The art is top-notch, the humor is punchy, and every strip works both individually and as a part of an ongoing storyline.
Creator: Dave Brousseau, a native of Louisville, Ky., attended Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he earned a BA in Fine Arts. While there, he drew a weekly comic strip "Guy Average, Average Guy" which featured a campus radio deejay named Marty Dinkleman and his girlfriend Mary Ann Parker. They were reincarnated in 1996, when Dave created " A Couple of Guys." Dave's hobbies include drawing, solving crossword puzzles and reading art history books. His influences include Edward Hopper, Thomas Hart Benton, Al Capp, Chester Gould, Charles Addams, Norman Rockwell, E.C. Segar, John Steinbeck, Alfred Hitchcock and George Bellows among others. While the characters in A Couple of Guys are not based on real figures, many of the situations are reflections of the experiences of Dave and his friends. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Specifications: Six-panel weekly strip, available in both horizontal and vertical formats, in both color and grayscale, provided electronically as a JPEG.
What they're saying:
"A Couple of Guys ranks at the top of my list along with Calvin and Hobbs, The Far Side and Bloom County. Dave when is the book coming out?
A reader in Indianapolis
"I just love reading the strip. Wish it was a daily instead of a weekly."
A reader in California
"I am a gay parent living in the suburbs. My partner and I have been together since 1990. We were foster parents for 10 years and adopted three brothers in 2000. Needless to say we don't get out much and spend most of our time with our kids and our straight neighbors. I am very glad to be able to read your comic as it often reminds me of situation we have gone through. It is always great to be reminded of the gay sensibility and sense of humor."
A reader in Baltimore
Summary: Lady Gaga. Beyoncé. Cher. Where else can you find stars this big for your publication? No where. Q Syndicate's your source for interviews - many that are exclusives - with the biggest names in the entertainment business: musicians (Christina Aguilera, Sugarland, Adam Levine), legends (Annie Lennox, Stevie Nicks), actors (Anne Hathaway, Julia Roberts, Angelina Jolie), gay icons (Kylie Minogue, Melissa Etheridge, Kathy Griffin). And the list goes on: Justin Timberlake, Johnny Weir, Natalie Portman, Ewan McGregor, Kristin Chenoweth, Jesse Eisenberg, Matthew Morrison, Jason Mraz, Robyn, Sarah McLachlan, Tom Ford, Toni Braxton, Ke$ha, Jake Shears and Vanessa Williams. Several of the interviews - like Sugarland's Jennifer Nettles and Beyoncé, both of whom spoke exclusively to Q Syndicate in 2011 - were so big they were cited by mainstream press internationally.
Special Features: Multiple photos of the interviewee included.
Creator: Chris Azzopardi is the editor of Q Syndicate, as well as the entertainment editor of Between The Lines, Michigan's LGBT newspaper, where he's worked since 2007. During his time interviewing celebrities, he's caught a glimpse of Justin Timberlake at a hotel pool and was called "so cute" by Lady Gaga. Reach him at email@example.com.
Summary: Cocktail Chatter covers many aspects of cocktail culture, with a focus on education and humor. Columns include personal anecdotes, recipe history and creation, explanation of spirits and drink categories, cocktail-related books, bar and club culture, drink trends, and other aspects of the barhopping lifestyle. Cheers.
Creator: Ed Sikov:Born in 1957 in Natrona Heights, PA, Ed Sikov is a 1974 graduate of Highlands High School, where he was a maladjusted loner. Escaping from his misery, Ed plunged into more of the same as a disaffected, alienated student at tiny Haverford College, where he majored in English and spent a lot of time by himself. He graduated in 1979, moved to New York, came out of the closet, got happy, and went to film school. He earned a Ph.D. in film studies in 1986 from Columbia University. He is the author of six books, has contributed essays to several gay-themed anthologies, and his work has appeared in such diverse publications as Premiere, Architectural Digest, Film Quarterly, the Village Voice, the Air Force Academy's literary journal, and the Brazilian edition of Cosmopolitan.
Specifications: 500 words, bi-weekly
Recommended Placement: Bar or entertainment sections
Cost to Publications: No Charge - underwritten by Absolut Vodka. The publications are not required to acknowledge Absolut's sponsorship.
Creep of the Week
Summary: With so many enemies to the LGBT community, who could choose just one? Sarcastic and hilarious columnist D'Anne Witkowski tells readers who to direct their hate at each week with "Creep of the Week." This column spares no one, targeting everyone from homophobic evangelicals to lying politicians and even the occasional group who tries to boycott a gay-friendly business or blame LGBTs for natural disasters. Witkowski's biting commentary is sure to bring readers back each week to see who made it to the top of the LGBT shit list.
Creator: D'Anne Witkowski has been gay for pay since 2003. She's a freelance writer and poet (believe it!). When she's not taking on the creeps of the world she reviews rock and roll shows in Detroit with her twin sister and teaches writing at the University of Michigan. She also had an illustrious, albeit brief career in stand-up comedy.
Specifications: 700 words weekly with photo if available.
Deep Inside Hollywood
Summary: Forget Perez, Romeo San Vicente is the go-to gay for accurate insider info when it comes to the stars, film and the tube as it relates to a queer audience. With previews of gay-related projects, and breaking tid-bits on Tinsletown happenings - and just a dash of gossip - Q Syndicate's most popular column takes you deeper than you've ever been. Well, maybe.
Creator: Romeo San Vicente has extensive experience in Hollywood as a writer, producer and homosexual. His friends have the ability to make or break you budding career, so be nice to him. He can be reached at DeepInsideHollywood@qsyndicate.com
Specifications: 500 words weekly
Special Features: Comes with a photo of a celebrity mentioned in the installment.
What they're saying:
"I love your column, been reading it for months on Planet Out. The best lookout on the queer movie scene, bar none. Thank you for keeping your ear so close to the ground."
"Just wanted to thank you for your amazing support of our work. Love your column.
Craig Zadan, co-producer (with Neil Meron), The Reagans and Its All Relative.
Summary: Often funny and always relevant, the editorial cartoons of Paul Berge cover a broad variety of topics in gay and lesbian news, politics and culture. Berge, who has been drawing editorial cartoons for over 30 years, is a seasoned veteran whose weekly feature is a terrific way to liven up an editorial or op-ed page.
Creator: Paul Berge has been drawing editorial cartoons since 1977. He has drawn cartoons for or had them appear in the Racine Journal Times, The Kenosha Tribune, The Business Journal (Milwaukee) and various other papers. He currently works as the secretary of Emmaus Lutheran Church, Racine and as the organist at Lutheran Church of Redeemer, Racine. He can be reached at EditorialCartoon@qsyndicate.com.
Specifications: A hi-res and lo-res JPEG every week.
What they're saying:
"I think Paul Berge is one of the most gifted editorial cartoonists I've ever encountered. His cartoons are timely, they're often funny, they're very clever when they're not funny, they make their point … he's a magnificent editorial cartoonist."
Randy Shulman, publisher, MW (Washington, DC)
Kudos to Paul Berge for being a fantastic cartoonist! The latest one about marriage vs. civil unions is the best ever. We sent a copy to a lot of people who don't have access to the (Seattle Gay News). It is brilliant.
A reader in Seattle
Hear Me Out
Summary: With an ear for everything queer - which includes being an unflappable fan (sometimes, victim) of Top-40, folkie lesbians and Fall Out Boy (that's a genre, right?) - Hear Me Out is the quintessential guide for every LGBT music whore. Or those who still haven't heard that Clay Aiken is gay. Written with zippy flare and sass galore, the biweekly column offers reviews of current releases spanning a smorgasbord of styles, digging for the gayety in just about any genre - pop, folk, country, rock, indie, cute-straight-boys-who-gays-lust-over, dance and divas.
Specifications: 650 -700 words biweekly.
Special Features: Comes with images of the disc covers and/or performers featured with each installment.
Creator: Chris Azzopardi has been the entertainment editor of Between The Lines, Michigan's LGBT newspaper, since April 2007. His work has been featured in several gay publications, including Florida's Watermark, Chicago's Windy City Times and HX in New York. He's also a contributor to Out magazine's pop culture blog, Popnography. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summary: Who says gays don't dig sports? Acclaimed writer Dan Woog, in his biweekly column, breaks the stereotype with his candid queer athlete features, current controversies and sporting events like the Gay Games. Whether Woog is being direct, serious or even funny, one thing's for sure: He constantly presents a tantalizing look into the ever-growing world of LGBT sports.
Creator: Dan Woog is a journalist, educator, soccer coach and gay activist. He is the author of 15 books, including two collections of his most popular newspaper columns. His most recent work, Jocks 2: Coming Out to Play (Alyson, 2002), explores the lives of gay male athletes across America. It is the sequel to Jocks: True Stories of America's Gay Male Athletes (Alyson, 1998), which opened the door to the last closet in this country - the locker room. His articles and essays have appeared in the New York Times, Sports Illustrated and USA Today. A former contributing writer for the Advocate magazine, he wrote on such topics as marriage and monogamy in the gay world and issues surrounding gay youth. He is the openly gay varsity soccer coach at Staples High School in Westport, Conn. and a member of the Connecticut Soccer Hall of Fame. He can be reached at OutField@qsyndicate.com
Specifications: 800 words biweekly accompanied by a photo.
What they're saying:
"Jock's challenges the perceptions and stereotypes still held by millions of Americans. Whether they know it or not, whether they like it or not, a new day is coming, moving us closer to the day when people are regarded as individuals rather than members of groups."
Bob Costas, NBC Sports
Out of Town
Summary: Vacations are supposed to be chill, but if you're left trying to figure out where to stay (without worrying about bed bugs), eat, party and what to sight-see (without wandering into an ominous alley), prominent travel writer Andrew Collins can make that gay getaway a cinch. And so can this column when it comes to ad revenue. Just think of all the sales from travel agents and airlines.
Creator: With nearly 15 years of experience as a travel journalist, Andrew Collins has written, updated, edited or copyedited more than 130 books for Fodor's Travel Publications, the world's largest line of English-language travel guides. He conceived of, authored, and regularly updates Fodor's Gay Guide to the USA, for which he received the 1996 Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism bronze award from the Society of American Travel Writers in the category of "best guide book." He has penned six additional gay guides for Fodor's. When he isn't traveling, which isn't often, he resides in Portland, Oregon. He can be reached at OutofTown@qsyndicate.com.
Specifications: 1200 words monthly.
Special Features: Each column comes with a color photo and handy "Little Black Book" with the most important addresses and phone numbers for destinations.
Summary: Superbly crafted and with a wide variety of subjects, Q Puzzles combine fun, humor and gay issues in a challenging crossword puzzle. Plus, there's an ad sales bonus: Running the puzzle each week and the answers the following week gives advertisers added exposure, and publications the extra incentive for making a sale. Top-rated topics have included lesbian golfing, trans-themed movies and "Auto Erotic," a sexy take on car parts.
Creator: Q Puzzles are unbylined and are designed by a highly experienced crossword puzzle professional.
Specifications: A new 15 x 15 crossword every week.
What they're saying:
"We have advertisers that beg to be placed opposite the crossword puzzle. They see that as the first place that people turn to in our publication."
Steve Elkins, editor, Letters from CAMP Rehoboth
Thinking Out Loud
Creator: Abby Dees is a civil rights attorney-turned-author who has been in the LGBT rights trenches for 25+ years (yes, she began in utero). Whether examining our community's latest legal battles or the delicate etiquette of coming out to evangelicals at Christmastime, she always finds humor and compassion in even the most challenging situations -- and offers that to her reader. She is also the author of Queer Questions Straight Talk, 108 frank and provocative questions it's OK to ask your lesbian, gay or bisexual loved one, and a busy presenter on all manner of diversity issues. She lives in Los Angeles and Nashville with her partner, Traci, a pack of rescue animals, and an over-sized guitar collection. She aspires to be famous for being highly quotable (and harbors some rock star fantasies too). She can be reached through her website: queerquestionsstraighttalk.com and through her facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Thinking-Out-Loud-with-Abby-Dees/306602762702868?ref=ts
Specifications: Average 650 words, biweekly.
Please note, Abby Dees is on sabbatical until April.
It's Britney, bitch.
No, really, it is. She's on the phone. And Britney Spears - the meek, reserved, media-shy entertainer - doesn't get on the phone with press very often these days.
She's speaking to me from L.A. on a busy day full of frenzied promo leading up to her eighth release, "Britney Jean," when she drops the word that elicited eye rolls from some in the gay community.
Mel B will tell you what she wants, what she really, really wants: to get back to being Scary Spice again. Not that the pop star, known as the Spice Girls' wild child, ever got away from her alter ego. But even with a solo song out now - "For Once in My Life," her first single in eight years - Mel B is ready to reunite musically with her gal pals.
In our interview, the Spice Girl chatted about the big part the group's gay following played in their career, the time she fell in love with a woman, and the female artists du jour - and their girl power, of course.
Panic! at the Disco's Brendon Urie
After years of speculation, Brendon Urie is coming out as ... "a straight dabbler"? Panic! at the Disco's glam frontman, who celebrates bisexuality on the band's single "Girls/Girls/Boys" from their fourth LP "Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!," opens up in our recent chat about his curious past with men and finding himself "attracted to dudes all the time."