A new magazine and website for the LGBT community of Puerto Vallarta, Mexico has launched.
Out & About Puerto Vallarta will publish its first issue in January 2018. The website www.outandaboutpv.com (link is external) is live now.
With a monthly distribution of 5,000 copies, the upscale glossy magazine will feature lifestyle and travel articles focused on the growing LGBT population in Puerto Vallarta, as well as the millions of tourists who visit annually. The publication will be bilingual in English and Spanish and will be distributed at hotels, restaurants, bars and other locations throughout Puerto Vallarta, including La Zona Romantica.
The magazine is owned by Jerry Jones and Benjamin Camarena Garcia, and is a sister publication to Out & About Nashville, based in Nashville, Tennessee, which is celebrating its 15th year in business. Out & About Nashville is Tennessee’s largest LGBT publication with more than 127,000 readers (based on a recent third-party Media Audit), as well as 14,000 followers on Facebook, and its website regularly receives more than 30,000 visits per month.
Jerry has experience implementing diverse external communications, marketing, and promotional programs to enhance public perception and support. He has success in analyzing communications trends, growing stakeholder relations, and guiding media relations. Jerry holds a master’s degree in public administration from Tennessee State University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech communication and journalism from Lipscomb University.
Benjamin is an entrepreneur who owns and operates Papacito Nashville, a Mexican restaurant in Nashville, Tennessee. He is from Jesus Maria, Jalisco, Mexico, where his family still lives.
“Benjamin and I are excited to be able to start this exciting magazine to keep the growing LGBT population and its visitors in Puerto Vallarta informed and entertained,” Jones said.
Taking the helm as the general manager and editor is Joseph Brant, a long time Out & About Nashville staff member and leader, and currently its managing digital editor. Brant has temporarily relocated to Puerto Vallarta to help start operations and hire a staff.
Joe is a graduate of Belmont University with an undergraduate degree in business administration. He earned a post-graduate certificate in Social Media from Seneca College and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (Fiction) from the Institute of American Indian Arts. In addition to overseeing Out & About Puerto Vallarta’s editorial operations, Brant will continue to manage all digital properties, including Out & About Nashville’s website, Facebook page, Twitter, and weekly email newsletter.
“I’m excited to share the community-based philosophy of Out & About with members of the LGBT community in Puerto Vallarta," he said, "I look forward to learning more from long time residents, tourists, and community leaders as we build editorial and sales staff,” he said.