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UPDATE: Judge Blocks Building Sale By Greedy Relatives In Gay Senior Man’s Estate Battle In New York City

Tom Doyle (pictured above) and his partner, Bill Cornwell, lived together in a three-story West Village brownstone for 55 years. Now that Cromwell has passed his greedy relatives are contesting the will, a legal battle that could force Doyle out of the home the men shared which is valued in todays market at over 7 million dollars.

In a promising first step for a gay man fighting to keep the Village home he shared with his late partner for 53 years, a Surrogate Court judge has blocked the property’s sale by the dead man’s relatives and ordered them to show cause why Tom Doyle, as their uncle’s “surviving spouse,” should not be declared the “sole heir.”

On Nov. 1, Judge Nora Anderson issued a temporary restraining against four nieces and nephews of William Cornwell selling the 69 Horatio St. townhouse he bought in 1979. Anderson’s order gave them until Nov. 18 to “show cause.”

As Back2Stonewall reported last month Cornwell and Doyle began their relationship in 1958. Cornwell bought them wedding rings after New York legalized same-sex marriage in 2011. According to Doyle, Cornwell’s declining health kept them from going to the city Marriage Bureau before Cornwell’s death in 2014.

Cornwell left Doyle the building in his will, but it had only one witness, not the required two. But Cronwell’s family refused to honor the will and instead claimed that the two men were “just good friends” and  entered into  contract with a buyer to sell the brownstone for more than $7 million, the cousins offered to let Doyle, 85, stay there for five years and pay him $250,000 from the building’s sale.

Attorneys Arthur Z. Schwartz and Jamie L. Wolf filed suit claiming the men’s vacations in Pennsylvania made them common-law spouses there.

“The temporary restraining order by the surrogate,” Schwartz said, “indicates that, at least, based on our papers, she believes we have made a plausible legal case that they were married.”

READ the original story here:  Greedy Relatives Try To Seize Elderly Gay Man’s Home After Partner Of 55 Years Passes Away In NYC

FRONTIERS and NEXT Gay Magazines To Shut Down


South Florida Gay News reports:

Bobby Blair’s dream to build an international media enterprise has apparently come crashing to a halt this week. SFGN has received information that the staff of Multimedia Platforms, which includes the Florida Agenda and Next Magazine in New York, has been let go, and there will be no print editions this week. Frontiers in LA, purchased by MMPW last year, is also impacted.

As news leaked out, Blair himself issued a brief press release indicating that a court order had been issued seizing the assets of his company, and a restraining order “has been issued prohibiting the company from distributing any cash or any other assets of the company.” Lenders in the State of Massachusetts apparently filed the action.

In an effort to explain the company’s present difficulties, Blair told SFGN “for the record, I was re-appointed CEO last week as I became informed all this was happening by management. The last 4 months I have not been involved or included in any day-to-day business or involved in this now disputed credit facility.”

Blair indicated in private emails to colleagues, which are being circulated in social media, that he has retained counsel to “fight” the seizure but has refused, as of this time, to name the lawyers or the court where the action is proceeding. His representation to one party was that “new management signed a horrible deal that I have now to fix.”

Blair purchased New Frontiers Media LLC, the publisher of Frontiers, in September 2015 from Michael Turner, whose profession is assessing the value of properties. Turner acquired Frontiers out of bankruptcy for $361,000 in December 2013. Blair’s MMPW added Frontiers to a portfolio that included Florida Agenda; Fun Maps, a series of maps of gay communities calling out bars and shops

In March of this year Blair and Frontiers were accused of ageism for firing Award winning LGBT journalist Karen Ocamb after 13 years of being with the magazine. Blair’s justification was “[he] we wanted to give the generation of millennials a real shot at creating our content.”

That worked out well for them didn’t it. 

Frontiers Media/ Multimedia Platforms Worldwide Fires Award Winning Lesbian Journalist Karen Ocamb For Being Too Old.

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Award winning LGBT journalist Karen Ocamb joined Frontiers Magazine, Southern California’s oldest and largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender magazine as a full-time staffer in 2002, she’d risen through the ranks to become news editor. Now 13 years later she has been fired. 

Why you may ask?  Because Frontiers Media/MPW thinks she’s too old.

Bobby Blair, CEO of Frontiers parent company, Multimedia Platforms Worldwide, told PressPassQ the company “found $1.1 million of efficiencies” by “reducing print staff.” The media conglomerate also owns New York’s Next magazine, FunMaps, Guy magazine, and Florida Agenda and the new millennial-focused Wirld website.

“Unfortunately, Karen fell where we realized we were moving toward a digital and millennial audience, and we wanted to give the generation of millennials a real shot at creating our content,” Blair told PressPassQ. “Karen did an incredible job and is very much missed. We would like to use her services in the future from time to time, if she would like to.”

Last September, Multimedia Platforms Inc. (MPI) of Fort Lauderdale announced that it had purchased the financially troubled Frontiers. MPI describes itself as the “only publicly traded LGBT media company.” It is traded on the over-the-counter penny stock market.

This my nothing but pure and blatant ageism running wild in the LGBT community. And something must be done about it.

Contact Frontiers Media and let them know that they cannot get away with this.

Frontiers Media
5657 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 470

Los Angeles, CA 90036
Phone: 323.930.3220 | Fax: 323.857.0560

Or use this contact form link by CLICKING HERE



New Study Finds Gay Ageism Linked Depression Is Rampant in the Mature LGBT Community

older gay depression

A new study about “internalized gay ageism,” or the sense that one feels denigrated or depreciated because of aging in the context of a gay male identity, by Allen J. LeBlanc, Frederick A. Harig, Ilan H. Meyer, and Richard G. Wight claims to identify an unexplored aspect of sexual minority stress specific to midlife and older gay men.

Using a social stress process framework, they examined the association between gay ageism and depressive symptoms, and whether one’s sense of mattering mediates or moderates this association.

Their conclusion mirrors what many older gay men will tell you.  That despite the fact that they have traversed and helped make unparalleled historical changes across their adult lives and paved the way for younger generations of gay men to live in a time of less discrimination. they have become socially invisible and devalued in their later years by that very same generation.

Not discussed in the study above is another huge factor that lends to depression in older gay males today is AIDS Survivor Syndrome.

Dr. Robert Jay Lifton, a leading authority on survivor experiences who wrote the National Book Award-winning “Death in Life: Survivors of Hiroshima,” says, “The parallels between gay men who have escaped AIDS and survivors of Hiroshima and the Holocaust are striking.”

Described as  “a secondary epidemic”  of AIDS-related bereavement.  Experts say the most common symptoms of survivor’s syndrome include guilt–caused by a person’s unconscious sense that his survival was purchased at the cost of another’s–as well as depression and “psychic numbing.”

Survivor’s syndrome is not only limited to older gay men who have tested negative. But also to health care workers, lesbians, gay men who do not know their antibody status, gay men who have tested positive and others who were personally affected by the AIDS epidemic.

For these individuals, even today 30+ years after the plague began, “the subconscious mind’s irrational sense of guilt is telling them that they do not deserve to enjoy life while their lovers, friends, and community around them suffered and died,” said Dr. James Titchener, an authority on survivor’s syndrome at the University of Cincinnati.

Larry Kramer, playwright and AIDS activist, summarized the feeling in a Gay Pride Day speech  in Boston: “Don’t you ask yourself quite often the big question: ‘Why am I still alive? At some point I did something the others did. How have I escaped?’

How can the younger generation and others in our community to treat LGBT elders so badly after all they have done and all they have lived through.

The shame of this is on the community itself for not cherishing, respecting, and utilizing the courage and strength of the older LGBT generation that is still with us today.