Cover of The Pink Paper, 24th. April, 1998, issue 529.
Its offices suffered an arson attack as reported on Sunday 8th. September, 1996 by BBC1 television in its Southeast News programme. No motive was known.
It had a major re-styling with issue 549 on 11th. September, 1998, calling itself a 'news magazine'. It was considerably dumbed down with less news, less discussion, less journalism, and became less of a newspaper.
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To celebrate 500 issues readers were asked to submit names of heroes and heroines who have helped to shape the gay world. Starting with the issue dated 22nd. August, 1997 entry forms with spaces for three names were published. Entries had to be received by 15th. September. Publication of the list began with issue 500 on 26th. September.
Some interesting aspects of the list:
"Today, I still work for British Telecom, I am still an active socialist and trade unionist, I still have a beard, I still drink real ale, and I still live in north London. And, of course, I still have a passion for writing letters to magazines and newspapers. So in some ways nothing much has changed in ten years."
"But some things have. It is much easier being gay these days, as one doesn't need to be constantly assertive about one's sexuality. Although a few changes in the law would help us towards gay liberation, I think in general I feel less embattled."
"The problem was, says David Bridle, the paper's general manager; that young readers were turning their backs on it."
"Also, David Bridle says, it needs to win back lesbian readers. The paper had catered too much for the young men so valued by advertisers, he says, and now needs to redress that bias."
"Boyz, which has until now subsidised the Pink Paper, says that some rivals in the market have made much of gay politics into a cult of victimhood."
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