|Owner(s)||Pink Triangle Press|
|Ceased publication||2015 (print)|
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. 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.
History and content
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.
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 DailyXtra.com and Squirt.org - an online guide to cruising. The Press sold Cruiseline in March 2011 to First Media Group, operators of Manline.
- "Gay newspaper Xtra to stop printing, go digital only". Toronto Star, January 14, 2015.
- "Gay publisher Xtra to embrace digital, close print". Xtra!, January 14, 2015.
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