Xtra!

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Xtra!
Type Fortnightly (print)
Daily (online)
Format Tabloid
Owner(s) Pink Triangle Press
Publisher Brandon Matheson
Editor Matthew DiMera
Founded 1984
Ceased publication 2015 (print)
Headquarters Toronto, ON
ISSN 0829-3384
Website www.dailyxtra.com

Xtra! is a gay internet magazine and former print newspaper published by Pink Triangle Press in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Printed on newsprint in tabloid format since its establishment in 1984, Pink Triangle Press announced on January 14, 2015 that the paper edition will be discontinued and the publication will continue in an exclusively digital media format.[1] The final print issues of Xtra Vancouver and Xtra Ottawa appeared on February 12, 2015, while the Toronto edition's final print issue was published on the newspaper's 31st anniversary, February 19, 2015.[2]

History and content[edit]

Xtra! was founded in Toronto on February 19, 1984 (with a March cover date) by Pink Triangle Press, a not-for-profit organization. It was introduced as a four-page tabloid, as a way to broaden PTP's Toronto readership. Pink Triangle Press had previously published The Body Politic.

Xtra!'s managing editor is Matthew DiMera. Brandon Matheson is Xtra's publisher. Previous managing editors included Paul Gallant and Eleanor Brown.

Past contributors to the publication have included Sandra Alland, Richard Burnett, Brenda Cossman, James Dubro, Gerald Hannon, Matthew Hays, Greg Kearney, Todd Klinck, Greg Kramer, Brent Ledger and Jeffrey Round.

The paper's final print edition was published on February 19, 2015.[1]

Other publications[edit]

From 1990 to 2000, Xtra! published a quarterly literary supplement, The Church-Wellesley Review, for work by LGBT fiction and poetry writers.

In 1993, Xtra! expanded, adding publications in Vancouver and Ottawa. The three Xtra! papers also produce an annual Ultimate Pride Guide and an annual lesbian and gay business directory called Index.

Each of the Xtra! paper cities produce an annual Ultimate Pride Guide during the Pride festivals.

The Press also operates DailyXtra.com and Squirt.org - an online guide to cruising. The Press sold Cruiseline in March 2011 to First Media Group, operators of Manline.

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