The new owners of OUT Magazine and The Advocate, two major LGBTI publications, allegedly donated money to anti-gay politicians.
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Women’s Wear Daily (WWD) reports that step brothers Adam Levin and Maxx Abramowitz bought the two publications, under the umbrella of PRIDE Media, back in September. The brothers are the founders of Oreva Capital, a private equity firm, as well.
In addition to PRIDE Media, Levin and Abramowitz are also, respectively, the CEO and lead investor of the High Times Magazine parent company, High Times Holdings.
WWD found that Levin has donated money to numerous Republican politicians with anti-LGBTI agendas. For instance, supporting religiously-based discrimination. These politicians include Devin Nunes, Dean Heller, and Josh Mandel.
Additionally, the brothers support Dana Rohrabacher, a Republican lawmaker who earlier this year said it’s okay for realtors to refuse selling homes to gay people. High Times Magazine praised Rohrabacher on this year’s list of cannabis supporters.
‘Adam is a staunch supporter of pro-Israel, pro-cannabis and LGBT issues and consistently works across the political spectrum to ensure he’s advocating effectively on behalf of each of these communities,’ a PRIDE spokesperson told WWD of Levin’s political contributions.
Response from Levin
Levin himself spoke to San Diego Gay & Lesbian News (SDGLN) following the publication of the WWD article.
Levin, a straight man, blamed the bad press coverage on ‘a fired employee who was upset.’
He pointed out that he has also donated to Democratic politicians. These politicians include Adam Schiff, Gavin Newson, Jon Chiang, and Dan Adler.
According to the author of the SDGLN piece, the openly gay CEO of PRIDE Media, Nathan Coyle, said Levin will be more careful about who he donates to in the future.
‘I can’t imagine someone rationally thinking this but obviously people believe what they read,’ Levin said of the WWD piece and the following backlash. ‘And this has been hurtful and led to both my brother and I receiving hate mail and personal attacks.’