New York-based HX Media ain’t making any friends up in Boston.
The company’s New England Blade ruffled some feathers when they printed what they called “the official guide to Boston pride.” Too bad the Boston Pride planners didn’t give them the green light. Needless to say, rival paper – and pride guide publisher – Bay Windows is not pleased:
…For those of you who care about good business practice and like to support businesses that support the LGBT community, just know that “official” affiliation with Boston Pride is based on a contractual agreement between the Pride Committee and whoever they’re doing business with, in this case the publishers of Bay Windows, Jeff Coakley and Sue O’Connell.
Coakley and O’Connell earned “official” Boston Pride sponsorship status by agreeing to share revenue from advertising sales to the guide with the Committee. And the revenue the committee gets goes to make Boston Pride fun and fabulous for you. Any other guide claiming to be “official” is basically ripping off the Pride Committee and in effect, ripping you off.