The Washington Blade Celebrates 45 Years

The Washington Blade celebrated its 45 anniversary Thursday night at the showroom of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams on 14th Street. During remarks to the 100 attendees, Blade editor Kevin Naff highlighted the launched of the Washington Blade Foundation.

In addition to digitizing 45 years of The Washington Blade’s content, the foundation will provide funding for researchers of LGBT topics and offer scholarships for aspiring journalists. The paper is also soon to be honored by the DC Historical Society as a Washington institution, and a collection of past issues and historic moments in its coverage has been accepted by the Newseum.

The Blade’s October cover is a throwback to the paper’s inaugural issue in October 1969.