abOUT was a Toronto-based monthly magazine (online biweekly lifestyles and current affairs?), serving the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities of Southern Ontario, Western New York and Montreal (or North America in general?).
A regional magazine, abOUT was founded in Buffalo, New York, in late 2003 by four partners, including veteran Canadian journalist Duane Booth. The first edition of the magazine was released on January 19, 2004. In 2006, Booth became majority shareholder when he acquired the shares of two of the business partners, and the magazine's operations were fully moved to Toronto at the same time. The magazine continued in print until February 2010, when it was changed to an online-only publication.
abOUT covered LGBT-related news and culture. Published 10 times a year with a monthly circulation of 20,000, the magazine is distributed as a free publication throughout Southern Ontario, most prominently in Toronto as well as Hamilton, London and Canada's Niagara Region. The magazine is also extensively distributed in Western New York including Buffalo, Rochester, Jamestown and Syracuse. The circulation base was expanded in 2006 to include Montreal and Cleveland in 2007. The magazine is also available via subscription and at selected news vendors outside the main distribution area for $2.50 per copy.
abOUT covered a range of topics relating to the LGBT community including politics, activism, pop culture, arts, entertainment, health, fashion, fitness and more. The magazine has become known for political stands that are often contrary to those seen in other gay press outlets as well as featuring celebrity interview with artists such as Mary J. Blige, Pussycat Dolls and Felicity Huffman.
The website closed in 2011.
- www.aboutmag.com (cybersquatted; see archives of 2003Dec-2011Feb and 2008Oct-2010Nov)
- Periodicals (LGBT) - A titles at website of Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives
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