|Owner(s)||Pink Triangle Press|
History and content
Xtra! was founded in Toronto in March 1984 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, and currently publishes two "sister" magazines, Xtra Vancouver and Xtra Ottawa.
Xtra!'s associate publisher and editorial director is Matt Mills. 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.
From 1990 to 2000, Xtra! published a quarterly literary supplement, The Church-Wellesley Review, for work by LGBT fiction and poetry writers.
Each of the Xtra! paper cities produce an annual Ultimate Pride Guide during the Pride festivals.
The Press also operates Xtra.ca and Squirt.org - an online guide to cruising - and Cruiseline, the popular gay chatline and talking classifieds phone systems. The Press sold Cruiseline in March 2011 to First Media Group, operators of Manline.
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