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New website targets LGBTs over 50
LGBTSR.com is the fulfillment of a three-decade dream for gay publisher Mark McNease, who launched his groundbreaking website back in March.
The American Association of Retired People maintains a page on its website devoted to LGBT people and there is a Facebook page called Boom Community, but McNease’s website appears to be the only publication specifically targeting the 50-plus LGBT crowd.
“I don’t think there’s any other website like it,” McNease said in a telephone interview.
The website “embraces age and celebrates life over 50, with all of the ups and downs of living long enough to tell about it,” according to its published mission, which promises to provide readers with news, reviews, opinion pieces and a “thing or two to hold up to the light.”
“It’s an upbeat publication,” said McNease, 53, who lives in Manhattan with his five-year partner Frank, whom he plans to marry under the state’s new marriage equality law. “I’m over 50, but I’m alive and I feel great.”
The launch of LGBTSR.com is another milestone in a career that has included journalism, the writing of short stories and plays and the production of a children’s program, “Into the Outdoors,” for which McNease won an Emmy in 2001.
The publisher said that when he was in his 20s and writing for the now-defunct gay magazine Edge in Los Angeles, he saw there was a need for publications targeting older LGBT people. The publisher, who has been a “lifelong writer,” produced short stories and book and theater reviews for Edge, which at the time was the main competition for Frontiers.
“I noticed that people over the age of 40 started to disappear in the gay media,” McNease said. “I knew then I wanted to create something for people over 50.”