Pink Triangle Press
|Ken Popert, president and executive director|
David Walberg, publisher
Andrew Chang, chief operating officer
|Products||Newspapers, Website, Television|
|Subsidiaries||Xtra!, Squirt.org, GuySpy|
Pink Triangle Press is a Canadian organization which specializes in LGBT media including publishing, online interactive media, and television. PTP's main asset is the LGBT news website Daily Xtra, a continuation of the company's former print titles. The company's headquarters are located in Toronto near the Church-Wellesley Village.
Pink Triangle Press' roots trace back to 1971 (although not in name) in Toronto, when a group of volunteers began to produce The Body Politic, a paper containing news and opinions on gay liberation. By 1976 TBP was being published monthly, and in the early 1980s it claimed a circulation of over 9,000 nationally, and boasted contributions from writers all over the world.
In 1978, Pink Triangle Press was incorporated, its name was chosen as a symbol of history and commitment, as it comes from the symbols placed on suspected homosexual men in Nazi concentration camps. Later that year, PTP was charged with "publishing immoral, indecent and scurrilous material" because of an issue of The Body Politic which included Gerald Hannon's article "Men Loving Boys Loving Men". The Press was brought up on similar charges again in May 1982, this time for "Lust With a Very Proper Stranger", an article on fisting. PTP however won both cases.
In an attempt to broaden PTP's Toronto readership, the collective launched Xtra! in March 1984. Xtra! was meant to be more upbeat and accessible than TBP. By 1985 Xtra! had taken over its parent publication's role of providing local entertainment and community event listings.
Xtra!'s circulation had soon overtaken TBP which was in financial trouble, so in an effort to save PTP and keep Xtra! going, TBP was discontinued in February 1987.
In January 2015, the company announced that it was discontinuing publication of its print titles, with the final edition of Xtra! published on February 19. Xtra! will continue as a digital media publication via the Daily Xtra website.
Pink Triangle Press launched Squirt.org in 1998, a Canadian-based cruising website for gay men. The website includes user-generated listings for parks, saunas and popular gay public sex locations.
In July 2004, Pink Triangle Press became a minority partner in PrideVision TV when the channel was sold by Headline Media Group to William Craig. PrideVision was subsequently rebranded OutTV and a new gay male adult subscription channel, HARDtv, was launched at the same time. PTP sold its interest in OutTV to majority partner Shavick Entertainment in December 2012.
Previous to PrideVision being sold, Pink Triangle Press became partners with television producer Les Tomlin, forming Bumper 2 Bumper Media Inc. which produces Bump!, the world's first gay travel show, initially airing on PrideVision and now in production on a fifth season. Bump also recently launched a series of mobile travel guide apps for iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Blackberry.
As well, Pink Triangle Press was a partner in Evanov Radio Group's license application for 103.9 PROUD FM, a new radio station to serve Toronto's LGBT community. PTP's agreement with Evanov was discontinued in late 2005 after PTP expressed reservations about the depth of Evanov's commitment to serving LGBT audiences.
Pink Triangle Press also operated a gay telephone personals service under the Cruiseline banner in all three cities where the Xtra! papers publish, as well as five other major Canadian centres across the country. UPDATE: March 2011, Pink Triangle Press sells Cruiseline to First Media Group.
In June 2006 Pink Triangle Press acquired Boston-based publication The Guide, an international gay travel magazine in existence for more than 25 years. PTP ceased printing The Guide in April 2010, and move to an online format only at Guidemag.com.
In February 2008 Pink Triangle Press acquired Toronto-based publication fab, a gay scene magazine which had previously been seen as Xtra!'s competition. On March 12, 2013, Pink Triangle Press announced that fab would be discontinued, with its final issue slated for publication on April 24.
In March 2017 Pink Triangle Press acquired the location based gay dating and social network app GuySpy. The terms of the deal were not disclosed. The acquisition was part of Pink Triangle Press' growth strategy to expand into an entirely new segment through the GuySpy social network and mobile app. They instructed their users to delete the app and re-download it, in order to keep using the GuySpy service.
- Daily Xtra
- Index Directory - gay and lesbian business directory
- Ultimate Pride Guide - Pride festivities directory
- Squirt.org - online cruising website
- Bumper 2 Bumper Media Inc.
- The Body Politic - 1971-87
- PinkType was a Canadian lesbian-feminist and gay male typesetting collective formed in October 1978, and which lasted until 1985. It was formed as an offshoot of Pink Triangle Press in order to help pay for the acquisition of new typesetting equipment. It offered professional typesetting services to other progressive publications, such as the Lesbian Organization of Toronto and Gay Fathers of Toronto. People involved include Merv Walker, Billy Sutherland, Gay Bell, Amy Gottlieb, Pam Godfrey, Carol Auld and John Allec.
- fab - 2008-13
- Xtra! - 1987-2015
- Xtra Vancouver - 1993-2015
- Xtra Ottawa - 1993-2015
- "Historicist: I Sing The Body Politic". Torontoist, February 14, 2015.
- "Gay newspaper Xtra to stop printing, go digital only". Toronto Star, January 14, 2015.
- GuideLive Staff (1 April 2015). "Gay sex cruising app puts billboard up in Dallas". GuideLive. Retrieved 7 October 2018.
- Damron Travel Company (November 2005). Damron Men's Travel Guide. Damron. p. 1. ISBN 978-0-929435-55-8.
- Tim Fountain (2008). Rude Britannia: One Man's Journey Around the Highways and Bi-ways of British Sex. Weidenfeld & Nicolson. p. 17. ISBN 978-0-297-85262-9.
- "Radio partners split", Xtra!, January 5, 2006.
- "RIP Fab Magazine (1994-2013)". NOW, March 12, 2013.
- "GuySpy Acquired By Canadian Media Group And Squirt Owners Pink Triangle Press - Global Dating Insights". Global Dating Insights. 2017-03-20. Retrieved 2018-11-22.
- "Gay Dating App GuySpy Acquired By Pink Triangle Press". Online Personals Watch: News on the Online Dating Industry and Business. Retrieved 2018-11-22.
- "Other Press Ventures", CLGA, January 1, 1998. Retrieved March 22, 2017.
- Donald W. McLeod, Lesbian and Gay Liberation in Canada: A Selected Chronology, 1976-1981, Homewood Books, 2016.
- "We Are the PinkType", Lesbian Organization of Toronto, September 1978. Retrieved March 22, 2017.
- "Preface", Gay Fathers of Toronto, 2008. Retrieved March 23, 2017.