Continuously published since January 1971, the Empty Closet (EC) reaches 18,000+ readers each issue and provides an unique format of messaging to the LGBTQ+ and allied communities of the greater Rochester area, WNY, and beyond. With over 100 distribution sites for our free publication, and subscribers across the country, your message, business, and brand can speak directly to a powerful and loyal community.
The EC is published 11 times a year, with a special stand-alone Pride edition in August. Our publication finds readers during Rochester’s celebrated festival season, including the Lilac Festival, International Jazz Festival, Corn Hill Arts Festival, Park Avenue Arts Festival, Clothesline Festival, Fringe Festival, and ImageOUT LGBTQ Film Festival. Our July issue sees an enlarged readership of 50,000+ during Rochester’s week of Pride festivities. Visitors from all over the world pick up the EC when they stop by the Visit Rochester Information Center. Our publication is distributed to over 100 coffee shops, bars, restaurants, shops, banks, salons, churches, medical offices, social service offices, colleges, libraries, theaters, grocery stores, and community organizations throughout our area.