I had no idea. And I do so love a good catfight. Actually, I try not to look at these things (media going after other media: it gets tiring, doesn't it?!). But it's kinda hard not to look at this one: Portland's gay publication is written by a mainly straight news staff.
Interesting conundrum. I suppose if they have the skills, I don't care if they're straight or gay or however they may identify. Recent Oregon legislation protects people from being hired/fired based on their sexual orientation, at least beginning in January. So technically, right now, it's legally okay in many of Oregon's towns and cities to say straights only, or gays only, for that matter (Portland, however, does include sexual orientation in protections). There may be plenty of great queer writers in town, but frankly I hope Just Out hires the best writers, straight or gay or in between. Yes, I think a queer perspective is more appropriate, but not necessary in my book. I think what may be even more important is a staff representing a diversity of life experiences overall, including race, culture, and suburb/urban. The queer community doesn't march lock and step together, and our straight allies play a huge role.
Readers, what do you think? Should writers at queer publications be queer?