From the Editor: Expanding Visibility
ProudTimes is Pleased to Announce New Collaboration
By Sebastian Fortino
ProudTimes is excited to announce a new partnership between myself, Sebastian Fortino, Jen Roberton, Rachel Puma, and K. Leroy Schmierer. Schmierer has been at the helm of ProudTimes.com as Founder, Publisher and Graphics/Layout Editor for several years now. In joining forces he–and the new team–hope to expand and develop our mission, outreach, and audience. We’ll be switching to a format which will allow for more direct content sharing–from our page, to your Facebook and other social media accounts.
To tell you about me, Sebastian Fortino, I have functioned as Portland Correspondent with ProudTimes since Autumn of 2018, prior to that I was the Editor-in-Chief of ProudQueer.com. I also appear as a Gay Voices contributor in Metrosource.com, a lifestyle and entertainment magazine based in New York. I also served as the Lifestyle & Features Editor of The South Florida Gay News (SFGN.com) for two years. I’m a lifelong city guy, raised in Philadelphia, and educated in New York City at Fordham University. I am of mostly Italian descent and can make you a spicy meat’a’ball or pasta alla Norma. After several moves, I’m convinced the Rose City is my permanent home and am proud to serve our community through writing and editing. If we meet ask me about the great pickle juice incident of 2003.
Jen Roberton, Creative Director Content & Promotion, is a native of the Pacific Northwest and has been involved in creating and promoting queer events since she came out in 2015. Professionally, she has a business degree in supply in logistics management, and has an extensive professional background in operations. She is the organizer of the LesbiOut MeetUp group and is an electronic music DJ. Recently, Roberton was a featured performer for Out Central Oregon’s PrideFest at Mt. Bachelor. She is also a podcaster for Lavish Clips with Rachel Puma, her creative collaborator.
Rachel Puma, Creative Director Content & Media, is a long-time entrepreneur, as well as a professional sports and entertainment photographer. Puma is a writer and poet with a spectrum of creative talents; including, graphic design and corporate branding. She currently is the co-owner of United Sticker Co. with her brother Kyle, their mission is to use stickers as a tool to join fellow enthusiasts who share the same passions, hobbies, and interests. Similarly, she hopes ProudTimes will also connect our community. Puma hails from New York State, where she developed her love of winter sports, especially snowboarding.
ProudTimes.com’s mission is to develop relationships with LGBTQ activists, business leaders, celebrities, personalities, & others who best reflect the spirit of the LGBTQ community. Please reach out to the ProudTimes.com team to talk about any upcoming events, or stories you’d like to see covered, or to ask about any advertising, & co-promotional relationships. You can contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, & email@example.com to learn more about us and what we want to do for our community.