Gay mag to launch in March

The end of March sees the launch of what its backers call 'Canada's first mainstream gay publication.'Shawn Pudsey, publisher of Mea Culpa, says the monthly magazine will entertain its readers, help 'heal' them, and connect them to the larger world outside...

The end of March sees the launch of what its backers call ‘Canada’s first mainstream gay publication.’

Shawn Pudsey, publisher of Mea Culpa, says the monthly magazine will entertain its readers, help ‘heal’ them, and connect them to the larger world outside the gay community.

‘We [homosexuals] need a forum where we can relate, and not [be] fighting battles all the time,’ says Pudsey in an interview.

Free

Slated for national distribution, Mea Culpa, will have a circulation of 60,000 copies an issue and will be available free at selected community centres, clubs, restaurants and bookstores.

Pudsey adds the first issue should have at least 32 pages.

He says with the second issue of Mea Culpa, the four investors backing the magazine will try a paid subscription test on the u.s. eastern seaboard.

Pudsey says the title for the magazine was chosen tongue in cheek.

Mea Culpa is a Latin expression dating from the 14th century meaning ‘through my fault,’ or, more loosely, ‘guilty.’

Advertiser response to the glossy magazine has been ‘fairly decent’ so far, says Pudsey.

A one-time, full-color, full-page insertion in the magazine costs $2,649.

A one-time, black-and-white, full-page insertion costs $1,976.