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OUT Magazine

Out Issue 1 - Summer 1992.jpg
Issue #1, Summer 1992
EditorPhillip Picardi
CategoriesLGBTQ, news, entertainment, fashion, and lifestyle
Circulation203,000 (includes digital as well as print)
PublisherJoe Landry
Year founded1992
CompanyPride Media
CountryUnited States

Out is an American LGBTQ news, fashion, entertainment, and lifestyle magazine, with the highest circulation of any LGBTQ monthly publication in the United States. It presents itself in an editorial manner similar to Details, Esquire, and GQ. Out was owned by Robert Hardman of Boston, its original investor, until 2000, when he sold it to LPI Media, which was later acquired by PlanetOut Inc. In 2008, PlanetOut Inc. sold LPI Media to Regent Entertainment Media, Inc., a division of Here Media, which also owns Here TV.[1][2][3] The Out100 is their annual list of the most "impactful and influential LGBTQ+ people".[4]


Out was founded by Michael Goff in 1992[5][6] as editor in chief and president. The executive editor was Sarah Pettit (since deceased). In 1996, owner Robert Hardman fired Goff and hired Henry E. (Hank) Scott, a former New York Times Co. executive, as president of Out Publishing Inc., with the charge to rescue the financially troubled magazine company. When Scott joined Out, the company had annual revenues of less than $4 million and expenses of $7 million. Scott changed Out LGBT focus, arguing that gay men and lesbians had little in common other than political and legal issues. He fired Pettit and hired James Collard, editor of Attitude, a gay magazine published in the U.K., to refocus Out on an affluent and style-conscious gay male audience. Audited circulation grew by 67 percent to over 130,000 and the household income of the average Out reader, as measured by MRI, grew from $70,000 a year to $90,000 a year. With the help of Lou Fabrizio, a senior advertising executive whom Scott hired from The New York Times, Out began attracting major fashion advertisers and brands such as Saturn, which previously had not advertised in gay publications. Three years after Scott took control of Out, it had tripled its revenue and become the largest-circulation gay magazine in U.S. history. Those changes positioned the publication for a sale by Hardman to LPI Media in 2000.

In 2001 the circulation was 100,000. By 2006, when the magazine was acquired by PlanetOut, Out circulation had reached 130,000. Out attracted international attention when it published its debut Power Issue in May 2007, with a cover that featured two models wearing masks of journalist Anderson Cooper and the actor Jodie Foster above the cover line, "The Glass Closet". Some lesbians have criticized Out for primarily focusing on gay men. A writer for the website After Ellen noted that in 2008, no lesbians were featured on the magazine's cover, and that only 22% of the persons featured in the 'Out 100' were lesbians.[7]

In 2008, Out, along with its sister publication The Advocate, was purchased by Here Media Inc. Since acquiring the brand, Here Media has expanded the magazine's web presence, OUT.com, and added a mobile application.

On April 18, 2012, it was announced that a newly formed company, Grand Editorial, would oversee the editorial content of Out as a contractor for Here Media. Out editor-in-chief Aaron Hicklin founded Grand. Although the in-house editorial department was eliminated, Hicklin said that he would hire most of the editorial staff back as contracted freelancers.[8]

In 2013, Here Media and Out hosted the 19th annual OUT100 event in New York City at Terminal 5. The annual event celebrates the compelling people who have had a hand in moving forward LGBT rights.[9]Out introduced a Reader's Choice Award in 2013 in addition to its editorially curated list of the top 100 honorees.[10]

In 2017, Here Media sold its magazine operations to a group led by Oreva Capital, who renamed the parent company Pride Media.[11]

On August 2, 2018, Hicklin announced that he would be stepping down after 12 years as editor-in-chief. R. Kurt Osenlund, the magazine's managing editor since March 2014, assumed the role of executive editor and acting editor-in-chief for one issue.[12]

On August 23, 2018, Phillip Picardi was announced as the next editor-in-chief.[13] Despite editorial changes, the parent company and magazine were still rife with financial issues and frequent complaints from freelancers and contract employees.[14] Picardi left Out in December 2019, announcing his abrupt departure via Twitter.[15]

In December 2018, Raquel Willis was appointed as executive editor, becoming the first trans woman to take on a leadership position at the publication.[16]

Non-payment controversy

In February 2019, Women's Wear Daily (WWD) reported that more than forty contributors wrote an open letter to Pride Media and Oreva Capital, its operating entity, as well as its former editorial management partners Grand Editorial and McCarthy LLC, demanding payment for past work.[17][18][19] They filed a nonpayment grievance via the National Writers Union. "The National Writers Union is now representing 25 freelance contributors to Out magazine, who are owed more than $40,000 for work that was contracted, produced and published," the union said in a statement.[20]The New York Times detailed the nonpayment issues and that the total owed was in excess of $100,000.[21][22] The New York Post reported Pride Media owed more than $100,000 in unpaid ad commissions to PinkNews, a London-based digital publisher catering to the global LGBT audience.[23]


Since its beginning, Out offered an annual list, the Out100, documenting a hundred "influential, inspirational" LGBTQ personalities and celebrities[24][25] and "founded to celebrate and honor some of the most influential LGBTQIA figures."[26] In conjunction with the listings is the annual Out100 Awards honoring a handful of that year's celebrities with: Ingenue of the Year, Reader's Choice, Artist of the Year, and Entertainer of the Year.[27] In 2019, editor Phillip Picardi said the Out100 was the magazine's "greatest and most well-known tradition".[28]

Notable contributors



Celebrities on the cover


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  2. ^ Sass, Erik (April 14, 2008). "PlanetOut Is Out Of Publishing (And $26 Million)". MediaDailyNews. Archived from the original on June 9, 2009.
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  10. ^ "Out Celebrates the 19th Annual Out100 Presented by Buick". Archived from the original on August 10, 2016. Retrieved 2014.
  11. ^ "Publisher of High Times acquires LGBT publications". Reuters. September 7, 2017. Retrieved 2020.
  12. ^ "Robyn Shines Bright on the Cover of 'Out' Magazine: See the Pic".
  13. ^ "Phillip Picardi Leaves Condé Nast for 'Out'". Fashionista. Retrieved 2018.
  14. ^ Hays, Kali. "Out Magazine, Pride Media Rife With Challenges for New Editor". Women's Wear Daily. Retrieved 2018.
  15. ^ Levesque, Brody (December 11, 2019). "Advocate and Out Magazine Editors-In-Chief depart amid turmoil". Los Angeles Blade. Retrieved 2019.
  16. ^ Christian, Tanya A. (December 10, 2018). "Transgender Activist Raquel Willis Appointed Executive Editor at Out Magazine". Essence. Retrieved 2018.
  17. ^ Hays, Kali (February 8, 2019). "Unpaid Out Magazine Contributors Demanding Payment Amid Fresh Layoffs". Women's Wear Daily.
  18. ^ Weiner, Sophie. "Out Magazine Contributors Are Still Waiting to Be Paid". Splinter.
  19. ^ "Pride Media says the check's in the mail". February 7, 2019.
  20. ^ "Out Magazine: Pay the Freelancers!".
  21. ^ Peiser, Jaclyn (February 25, 2019). "Out Magazine's Fresh Start Overshadowed by a Bitter Money Dispute". The New York Times.
  22. ^ "Out Magazine owes freelancers more than $100K". Freelancers Union Blog. February 26, 2019.
  23. ^ Kelly, Keith J. (March 6, 2019). "Out magazine owner owes more than $100K in unpaid ad commissions".
  24. ^ "OUT100 List Adds '30 Rock's' Maulik Pancholy, 'Glee's' Jonathan Groff,' 'American Horror Story's' Denis O'Hare". TheWrap. November 12, 2013. Retrieved 2019.
  25. ^ Hubbard, By Amy. "Out magazine rolls out its 19th Out100 list of LGBT celebrities". latimes.com. Retrieved 2019.
  26. ^ "This Year's Out100 List". www.lofficielusa.com. Retrieved 2019.
  27. ^ "The 2014 OUT100 Awards celebrate two decades of LGBT advocacy". AXS. Retrieved 2019.
  28. ^ Picardi, Phillip (November 18, 2019). "Welcome to the 2019 Out100". Out. Retrieved 2020.
  29. ^ "Syllabus: 1980". Retrieved 2012.
  30. ^ "Some other places with writing by T Cooper". Archived from the original on February 10, 2014. Retrieved 2012.
  31. ^ "Sporno". Retrieved 2012.
  32. ^ "OUT Magazine talks PrEP and features AFC'S Jim Pickett". Retrieved 2012.
  33. ^ "Jesse Archer". Retrieved 2012.
  34. ^ "Bob Smith". Archived from the original on January 7, 2014. Retrieved 2012.
  35. ^ "Vampires in LA by Francois Rousseau//OUT". Archived from the original on November 26, 2015. Retrieved 2012.
  36. ^ "Roger Erickson". Archived from the original on January 7, 2014. Retrieved 2012.
  37. ^ "James Marsden for OUT Magazine by Photographer Matthias Vriens McGrath". Archived from the original on January 6, 2014. Retrieved 2012.
  38. ^ "About PMc". Retrieved 2012.
  39. ^ "Ave Joe Oppedisano!". Archived from the original on November 26, 2015. Retrieved 2012.
  40. ^ "Chloe Sevigny by Terry Richardson for OUT Magazine". Retrieved 2012.
  41. ^ "Spanish actor Jan Cornet by Xevi Muntané for OUT Magazine". Archived from the original on January 6, 2014. Retrieved 2012.
  42. ^ "Walter Pfeiffer". Archived from the original on March 5, 2014. Retrieved 2012.
  43. ^ "Power Point". Retrieved 2012.
  44. ^ "Beyoncé Covers Out's May Power Issue". Out Magazine. April 8, 2014. Retrieved 2014.

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