Out Begins Publication

Jim Austin and his business partner Brian Michaels began publication of Out, a glossy magazine.

In the first edition, they said, “For the first time in Pittsburgh history, a local gay magazine is out there, being purchased in record numbers, in places that only five years ago would have been unthinkable.”

Based on a reader’s survey, in August 1980 the magazine changed format. The survey demonstrated that the community wanted more content, but wanted to pay less. Out switched from a typical glossy magazine format to, due to lower costs, a tabloid newspaper format which resulted in a doubled page size and a decrease in cost from $1.00 to 75 cents. Gay Life became a supplement of Out, functioning as a monthly entertainment guide.  The newspaper published until July 2012 when it transitioned to an online format.