SOURCE: Philadelphia Gay News

April 03, 2012 13:40 ET

Philadelphia Gay News Garners 10 Awards From Local Media Association

Ranks Among Top Weekly U.S. Newspapers

PHILADELPHIA, PA--(Marketwire - Apr 3, 2012) - Philadelphia Gay News (PGN) earned 10 awards last week from the Local Media Association, which serves over 2,000 member North American newspapers. This represents not only the largest number of awards ever given to a publication serving the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community by a mainstream journalism organization, but also ranks PGN as one of the top newspapers in the nation.

Now in its 36th year, Philadelphia Gay News received the second-highest number of awards for weekly newspapers for its circulation category. The Local Media Association (previously Suburban Newspapers of America) has recognized PGN with awards in earlier years; however, this is the largest number that any LGBT newspaper has ever received in one year. With this year's recognition, PGN is the most award-winning LGBT newspaper in the country, and in LGBT media history.

This year, PGN won the following LMA awards:

  • 1st Place, Best Continuing Coverage: Coverage of Stacey Blahnik murder
  • 1st Place, Best Entertainment/Lifestyle Section: Arts & Culture Section
  • 1st Place, Best Column Writing: Millennial Poz
  • 1st Place, Best Graphic Artwork: Election 11/10, Regional Civil Unions/Marriage Laws, 35 Years of PGN timeline
  • 1st Place, Best Non-Page One Layout: Arts & Culture Feature Story Covers
  • 3rd Place, Best Opinion Column: "Mark My Words" (which has also earned awards from The National Newspaper Association, Pennsylvania Newspaper Association and The Society of Professional Journalists. "Mark My Words" is now considered the most honored opinion column in LGBT media.)
  • 3rd Place, Best Arts & Entertainment Criticism/Commentary: These Women Want To Rock You With New Music
  • 3rd Place, Best Special Section: World AIDS Day
  • Honorable Mention, Best Arts & Entertainment Writing-Feature: Author Brings Her Story to the Stage in Philly
  • Honorable Mention, Best In-depth Reporting: Crystal Meth: Clubs, Culture And The Gay Community

Philadelphia Gay News ( is the largest and oldest continuous weekly publication targeted to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in the country. Started in 1975, PGN focuses on and promotes businesses, organizations and people within the community to advocate equality and to foster mutual success.

As a community newspaper, Philadelphia Gay News (PGN) serves as a trusted platform for the LGBT community to become aware and educated about vital issues and news affecting their lives, and to serve as a respected bridge with the mainstream community.

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