Lesbian reporter fired by prominent queer publication for being too old

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    Mar 31, 2016 4:18 PM GMT
    Lesbian reporter fired by prominent queer publication for being too old

    "When veteran reporter Karen Ocamb, 66, got the call asking her to come into the Frontiers Magazine‘s office while she was on vacation, she knew something was wrong. It didn’t take remarkable investigative skills to realize the financially struggling publication was going to let her go.

    Since joining the print publication as a full-time staffer in 2002, she’d risen through the ranks to become news editor. But the new owners wanted to change the magazine’s direction to focus on millennials, the generation born between 1980 and 2000 and coveted by advertisers. When she arrived at the meeting, management informed her she was being “laid off,” but not fired outright.

    Now, however, they’re admitting she’s been fired – because she’s too old."


    http://www.lgbtqnation.com/2016/03/lesbian-reporter-fired-by-prominent-queer-publication-for-being-too-old/
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    Mar 31, 2016 4:37 PM GMT
    Would it make sense to keep a 66 year old writing for a publication that's now geared towards millennials?
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    Mar 31, 2016 6:14 PM GMT
    CODY4U saidWould it make sense to keep a 66 year old writing for a publication that's now geared towards millennials?


    She's a news reporter. Is there a millennial slant to news?
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    Mar 31, 2016 7:26 PM GMT
    timmm55 said
    CODY4U saidWould it make sense to keep a 66 year old writing for a publication that's now geared towards millennials?


    She's a news reporter. Is there a millennial slant to news?


    What news isn't slanted?

    Maybe this is an excellent opportunity for her to start a publication that caters to older gays. I for one am tired of the ridiculous articles and features in gay publications. We aren't all of the circuit party, Andrew Christian set searching for the latest fad to follow. It's time for a gay publication that caters to older gays.
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    Mar 31, 2016 7:33 PM GMT
    Are there laws prohibiting age discrimination? Being an editor is not physically demanding.
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    Apr 01, 2016 2:18 AM GMT
    timmm55 said
    CODY4U saidWould it make sense to keep a 66 year old writing for a publication that's now geared towards millennials?


    She's a news reporter. Is there a millennial slant to news?


    Yes. A 66 y/o most likely won't have a pulse on news that is of interest to millennials. The article also clearly states they want the position to go to a millennial writer. This woman may be getting canned, but it will be an excellent opportunity for a young gay person to get started. Out with the old....
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    Apr 01, 2016 2:23 AM GMT
    Art_Deco saidAre there laws prohibiting age discrimination? Being an editor is not physically demanding.


    There are no laws against publications targeting different demographics. It is the article that is stating she was fired for being too old. LGBT blogs will post anything to generate clicks and outrage. Being too old is not the reason the company gave her. She just put two and two together.