A brief history of Out In Jersey magazine

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Out In Jersey Inc. was founded in August of 2002 to serve the LGBTQ community of New Jersey. Out In Jersey magazine inherited the volume numbers from Trenton Out and About a local newsletter that became a 48 page black and white magazine the previous year. It was published by the now defunct Trenton Gay and Lesbian Civic Association (TGLCA ceased operations in Trenton, NJ in 2008).

The original founders of Out In Jersey Inc. were Peter Frycki (current owner and publisher) and Toby Grace (Editor Emeritus). Trenton Out and About and Out In Jersey grew the local footprint beyond Central New Jersey to cover the entire state and the adjacent areas of Pennsylvania in 2003. Later, in 2004, the footprint grew to include a dozen locations in New York City in the Chelsea and Greenwich Village neighborhoods. Then in 2005, the footprint was expanded into Rehoboth Delaware. Additional upstate New York locations and over 100 additional New Jersey locations were added by 2012.

A website was launched by the company in 2005 – OutInJersey.net. The website was developed in 2008 to a LGBTQ news and event website portal. It featured news, reviews, commentary, event listings and features that could not fit in the bi-monthly print publication as it grew.

A comprehensive events page was launched in 2009 to update LGBTQ New Jersey meetings and events on a daily basis because the bi-monthly printed calendar in Out In Jersey magazine was missing a lot of information by the time it was distributed to subscribers and the 200+ free distribution locations.

The website grew to become the most comprehensive source of LGBTQ news and events daily for the ever-growing New Jersey gay (LGBTQ) community. Today 80% of Out In Jersey‘s available content is only available online only and is updated daily. The website is extremely popular to many and is visited by thousands of “unique” visitors weekly.

Since 2010, Out In Jersey has added social networking on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram as well as email updates to its online and print subscribers. Out In Jersey Inc. has plans to continue its growth in the future with podcasts and video — and much more yet to come.