CNN Anchorman Graces the Cover of the Magazine’s December/January Issue and
Reveals the Cost of Speaking Truth to Power in the Trump Era
For 16 years running, Davler Media Group’s Metrosource, the largest circulation LGBTQ publication serving New York City and Los Angeles, and second largest nationally, has ended each year with People We Love. In the December/January issue, and on metrosource.com, People We Love honors the people and organizations who display extraordinary acts of service and philanthropy, raise awareness about LGBTQ rights and culture and model excellence in being part of the LGBTQ community.
The cover story subject of 2018’s People We Love is veteran CNN anchor Don Lemon, an openly gay journalist who has demonstrated exceptional courage in President Trump’s ongoing battles with his network and the media at large. Lemon is in the unique position of being a direct target of both the President’s barbed tweets and, in October as he was being interviewed by the magazine, of Florida terrorist Cesar Sayoc.
“I have been in this business for 27 years, and I’ve only had credible threats against me for the first in the past couple of years,” laments Lemon in the article. “I have security now – for the first time. You know the only difference now versus the other 25 years or so… is Donald Trump.”
“I’ve been poor,” he tells Metrosource. ”I have had to deal with abuse. … I’ve had to deal with loss. I’ve had to deal with discrimination and racism. I’ve had to deal with homophobia. But I think that makes me a pretty good person to deliver the news to the American people, because most of the people in my audience have had to deal with those things.”
‘If you’re critical of others, you should expect the same,” says Lemon. “But I do have to say as much discrimination as there is towards gay people – and it’s awful – I have received far more for being a person of color that for being a gay man.”
Metrosource’s interview with Lemon goes beyond politics, delving into his youth in Louisiana, his coping with abuse during these years and his current happiness off-camera with his partner, real estate agent Tim Malone.
The other honorees featured in People We Love 2018 include filmmaker John Waters, musician and actress Janelle Monáe, actress Samira Wiley of Orange is the New Black and The Handmaid’s Tale, veteran British actor Rupert Everett, columnist Michael Musto, comedians Cameron Esposito and Hannah Gadsby and new media figures like YouTube satirist Randy Rainbow and blogger Kenneth Walsh. Also spotlighted are impactful community leaders and organizations including Leo Preziosi, founder of the student advocacy organization Live Out Loud, LGBTQ legal advocacy organization Lambda Legal, LGBTQ scholarship organization The Point Foundation, and SAGE, an organization providing support to the elder LGBTQ community.
Metrosource’s People We Love also cast a spotlight on Olympian and Dancing with the Stars winner Adam Rippon, President & CEO of NYC & Company Fred Dixon, the entire cast and creative team of the FX series Pose, NYC Promoter Brandon Voss, and Doctor Evan Goldstein. The final honoree will be determined by the public, which can head to https://metrosource.com/legendaryqueens to cast a vote for their favorite New York City Drag Queen. The legends nominated include Sherry Vine, Hedda Lettuce, Lypsinka, Shequida, Tina Burner, Lady Bunny and Joey Arias. All who cast a vote will be entered to win a pair of VIP tickets to the People We Love gala on January 15, 2019.
“Creating our annual ‘People We Love’ list is a true privilege and pleasure,” says Paul Hagen, Editor-In-Chief of Metrosource. “It’s the time when we recognize the people who are going to exceptional ends to do great things for the LGBTQ community. It’s not only a salute to high-profile names in entertainment and media, but a spotlight on the many activists whose efforts mean so much to the day-to-day well-being of our community.”
Metrosource is complementing its editorial with a gala event saluting the honorees, January 15, 2019 at 48 Lounge in New York City. The program is being co-sponsored by Red Bull, Go Israel, Health Sherpa and Entertainment Cruises.
“We’re especially excited that this annual tradition will finally come to life as an exciting event, for the first time ever,” continues Hagen. “We are thrilled to celebrate these honorees along with the many advertisers, agencies and partners who continue to keep Metrosource the leader in cross-platform LGBTQ content.”
The 10-page special section in the December/January issue will be complemented with more in-depth profiles that will roll out weekly on at the magazine’s website, metrosource.com/peoplewelove.
Metrosource, the cross-platform media company behind the largest circulation LGBTQ magazine, online and social media destinations serving New York City and second largest nationally, and One World Observatory, at the top of One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, honored the 10 finalists and 9 honorable mention creators from “Reclaiming My Pride.” Launched in March, “Reclaiming My Pride” is a new national art contest designed to showcase the spirit of community, creativity, and charity in America’s LGBTQ+ populace which culminated during Pride Week in New York City.
More than 200 attendees turned out to get a preview of the 10 finalist pieces displayed throughout Aspire at One World Observatory, the gorgeous private event space located at the apex of One World Trade Center, prior to the public exhibition, June 21 – 24. Davler Media’s CEO David Miller joined One World Observatory’s Managing Director Keith Douglas and Metrosource’s Editor-in-Chief Paul Hagen and Director of Marketing Ryan Christopher to announce the Grand Prize winner, David Jester, a 57-year old painter from San Diego. Jester received a round-trip for two to New York City for the opening and a $1,000 prize for his piece, “Home.” Red Bull was a sponsor for the opening event. Donations from the event and public exhibition will benefit The Ali Forney Center, an organization that protects LGBTQ youth from homelessness and empowers them with the tools to live independently.
Among the notable attendees were painter Scooter LaForge, and Laval Bryant of the Brooklyn Museum who served on a panel that judged the more than 100 entries, trans actress Shakina Nayfack, activist Fred Karger, along with many of the finalists and honorable mention artists. Alexander Roque, Director of Development, The Ali Forney Center also attended the festive event, which kept hopping by DJ Ezrahk.
Images, video and more can be found on the contest site, https://metrosource.com/reclaimingmypride/
Credit all images: Frank Rocco Photography/Metrosource Magazine
Davler Media, the leading multiplatform media company helping New York-area parents, visitors and the LGBTQ community make better decisions on how to spend their time and money, has acquired Staten Island Parent (SIParent.com) for its NYMetroParents division. With the purchase of the 30 year-old property, NYMetroParents completes its footprint in the New York City DMA, the nation’s largest and most lucrative media and advertising market. The announcement was made here today by David L. Miller, Chief Executive Officer of Davler Media Group.
“We’ve achieved a long sought-after mission with this acquisition– to be the best multiplatform content provider that helps parents and families, and the advertisers who want to connect with them, in all five boroughs and the counties surrounding New York City,” said Miller. “If an advertiser wants to reach New York-area parents, we are the vehicle do it, on any scale, and any and every platform.”
Established in 2006 with the purchase of four local parenting magazines (Big Apple Parent, Brooklyn Parent, Queens Parent and Westchester Parent), Davler’s NYMetroParents division has steadily expanded to become the largest, multiplatform parenting resource covering NYC’s five boroughs and five surrounding counties. Its fully integrated network now includes eight regional monthly magazines and five popular digital properties including NYMetroParents.com, the newborn and toddler-focused Mommybites and event planning hub Mitzvah Market. NYMP also boasts rich social media, ecommerce, a 100,000-strong email marketing database and 20 live events each year including Long Island and Westchester Parents Day and its Celebrate and Mommybites-branded showcases. All totaled NYMetroParents’ platforms that reach over 1,000,000 tristate area families each month.
Since its founding, the circulation of NYMetroParents print properties has more than doubled, growing from 200,000 monthly to 4 million annually. Its five digital properties garner 250,000 unique visitors monthly. NYMP’s cross-platform network boasts a library of over 5,000 articles and the richest directories of services and event calendars for families. It also enables consumers, and the advertisers who want to reach them, to micro target by region and interest, from toddlers to special education to bar/bat mitzvah and party planning.
With this depth and diversification, NYMetroParents has become the marketing platform of choice for over 2,000 national and local advertisers, from major brands to small service providers trying to target New York’s 4 million households with children. Davler employs a dedicated staff of 20 sales professionals to create custom plans for advertisers to meet their goals, in the most cost-effective way. NYMetroParents employs 12 editors supplemented by an even larger team of staff and freelance writers to create its exclusive, cross-platform parenting content.
“We have had a long running relationship with the Staten Island Parent team, working to cross-sell advertising and other marketing opportunities,” continued Miller. “The majority of the S.I. Parent staff will join our team to preserve the strong identity they have fostered over three decades. We think they will be benefit from our strengths and fit seamlessly into our award-winning family of multiplatform offerings for consumers and advertisers.”
Launched in 1989 by Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Roselle Farina-Hecht, S.I. Parent filled a need for dependable, trustworthy information for parents in Staten Island. Through the years, families have come to rely on S.I. Parent to provide the tools they need to raise a happy and healthy family. As a multimedia company, its reach is widespread, spanning print, digital, social media and email marketing. The monthly magazine has a current circulation of 30,000.
Ms. Farina-Hecht will stay on with Davler as publisher.
“I have been working together with Davler over the past few years, moving towards the goal that we would be one day be acquired and merged into NYMetroParents,” said Farina-Hecht. “Staten Island has been experiencing growth in many areas, which has increased the need for the parenting community to be kept informed, updated and connected. Now that Staten Island Parent has been acquired by Davler Media, I know that we will collectively continue with the work that we began in 1989 – to be the leading parenting brand and resource serving this fast-growing borough.”
About Davler Media Group
Since its launch in 2004, Davler Media Group has specialized in creating print and digital media that help NYC-area residents and visitors make superior choices about how to spend their time and money. Our media offer targeted guides, listings, directories and award-winning editorial content that are both timely and comprehensive, serving four distinct markets: visitors, parents, the LGBTQ community and party planners. City Guide magazine and CityGuideNY.com are the largest circulation visitor media in Manhattan. NYMetroParents’ print magazines (Big Apple Parent, Brooklyn Parent, Long Island Parent – Nassau edition, Long Island Parent – Suffolk edition, Queens Parent, Rockland/Bergen Parent, Westchester Parent and Staten Island Parent), its five digital media (including NYMetroParents.com and Mommybites) and live events reach approximately 1 million parents each month. Mitzvah Market is the largest and most authoritative resource dedicated to providing invaluable information to families planning bar and bat mitzvahs through a website, magazine and four event showcases during the year. With its acquisition of Metrosource, the largest circulation LGBTQ publication serving New York City and Los Angeles, and second largest nationally, DMG has become a leading platform for targeting the buying power of the LGBTQ community. All our media brands speak to large audiences of customers — additionally or preferentially — through regular, exclusive eNewsletters. More info: www.davlermedia.com
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