As part of this year’s Impact Awards, Gay City News is
recognizing founding editor Paul Schindler for his decades of
service and dedication to the LGBTQ community in New York
City and beyond.
Paul spent more than two decades leading the city’s LGBTQ
news coverage, first with Gay City News’ predecessor, Lesbian
and Gay New York (LGNY), and then with Gay City News until
he retired at the end of last year. He led by example through his
honest, sensitive, and comprehensive news coverage.
Our community is constantly in need of quality journalism to
help tell our stories of success and hardship, to hold people
accountable, and to be a resource in an evolving world. Paul
embraced on those challenges day in and day out, guiding
Gay City News through some of the most pivotal developments
in our community’s history while garnering annual recognition
from the New York Press Association.
Rather than treating his work like a job, he considered it to
be his contribution to our community because he knew it was
necessary to give our community a voice.
At our Impact Awards cocktail event on October 21, Paul
received a plaque from the Gay City News and Schneps Media
team to celebrate his memorable career. The event also featured
a highlight reel displaying countless snapshots of Paul over the
years. Our wonderful photographer, Donna Aceto, deserves
credit for capturing those historic moments.
The work of Gay City News today would not be possible
without Paul’s devotion to journalism and our community. We
are proud to acknowledge and appreciate his outstanding
4 2021 Impact Awards | www.gaycitynews.com A Schneps Media CEO
and co-publisher Josh
Schneps with Gay City
News founding editor Paul
PHOTO: DONNA ACETO