Here’s a personal note: My friend Greg Hernandez, who writes the Out in Hollywood blog for the Los Angeles Daily News, got laid off on Monday. After a brief hiatus (just a few days), the blog will return as an independent operation, but Greg’s layoff is just one more disconcerting signal of what our business faces.
He writes, “What was important to me when I came to work at the Daily News was that I be an openly gay man from day one. I had been a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times for 11 years and stayed closeted for most of that time. It was really eating me up inside. I left The Times to find myself personally and professionally and it turned out that the ugly newsroom in Woodland Hills with no windows was a new start for me. For about seven years, I spent what have been, so far, the happiest days of my professional life. At times, I felt like I was at Disneyland it could be so much fun.”