Wednesday, July 28, 2004

AllOut mag debuts Aug. 19

By Maggie Downs
Enquirer staff writer

Where can someone find decent karaoke around here? That's just one question AllOut Magazine hopes to answer.

The free publication will be a source of entertainment information for Greater Cincinnati's gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community. The first edition is expected to hit local shops, restaurants and bars Aug. 19. It is believed to be the first local magazine of its kind.

Owner and publisher J.P. Pennell of Clifton said he has already received interest from the community as he walks around town in his AllOut Magazine T-shirt.

"People ask me what it means," he said. "It means get out! Get out and enjoy everything this city has to offer."

The magazine will feature listings of bars, clubs, restaurants and retail stores, as well as maps of the area, particularly the downtown, Clifton, Northside, Covington and Newport neighborhoods. Pennell plans to publish twice a month.

The guide will be 51/4 by 81/2 inches, Pennell said. This is an interesting time to be releasing such a publication, Pennell admitted. Locally, gay rights activists filed petitions at City Hall Tuesday to get a vote to repeal Article XII, which is a charter amendment that prohibits the city from passing anti-discrimination laws based on sexual orientation. And nationally, gay marriage continues to be a hot-button issue.

"AllOut technically doesn't have a political stance. We're here to supply information to the community," Pennell said.

Pennell, the former general manager of Hamburger Mary's, moved to this area from Columbus in 2002. The region is ripe for such a publication, he said.

"When I got here, I saw Cincinnati for what it is. It's waiting to unfold, like a flower waiting to bloom," he said. "There's so much here."

The magazine will eventually have a Web site.

Subscriptions are $20 for 13 issues or $35 for 26. For information, call (513) 961-3270.



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