In February 2018 The Empty Closet made the leap from newspaper to magazine format. This was an exciting opportunity for the historic publication that enabled larger scope, enhanced graphics, and a more reader-friendly presentation.
The first issue made a splash with readers, who expressed their interest on social media. The bold new colors, layout, and capacity for story-telling have caught eyes and attention.
Following the retirement of previous 28-year Empty Closet Editor, Susan Jordan, Rowan Collins took over editor-ship. Collins serves as the Communications Manager for the Out Alliance, where he also oversees written communications, policy coverage, social media engagement, and media relations.
After 14 tremendous years with graphic designer Jim Anderson, the Alliance has brought local duo A3 Design on board to help steer the visual direction of the Empty Closet magazine.
The Empty Closet began as a four-page ditto print under the Rochester Gay Liberation Front which moved to mimeograph in 1973 and was taken under the direction of the newly formed Gay Alliance of the Genesee Valley (now the Out Alliance.)
For 47 years it has told the news of the community, connected members to resources, events, and support, and shaped public perception of the issues that directly impact the LGBTQ+ communities.
The move from newsprint to magazine not only enhances design but allows for in-depth stories, profiles, and interviews with community members. By focusing on the people and organizations who make the community great, the Empty Closet will continue its legacy.
As a free community publication, the Empty Closet encourages and welcomes contributions from community members of all identities and experiences. We hope that when you open the pages you will read about people in your community doing good work, learn from new perspectives, and find connection.