Venus magazine, a publication out of Chicago that targeted the Black gay and lesbian community is changing. Completely. Its publisher, Charlene Cothran, recently
announced that she has been “redeemed”; is no longer a lesbian; and is
changing the mission and direction of the magazine.
The mission of Venus Magazine has, of course, completely changed to one that will “encourage, educate and assist those who desire to leave a life of homosexuality.” Publisher Cothan: “But now, I must come out of the closet again. I have recently experienced the power of change that came over me once I completely surrendered to the teachings of Jesus Christ. As a believe of the word of God, I fully accept and have always known that same-sex relationships are not what God intended for us.”
As for readers of Venus Magazine, according to Cothran, only six have cancelled their subscriptions so far. In just one day last week, four online readers unsubscribed. According to Cothran, there hasn’t been a mass drop-off of readers; moreover, she said that she’s gaining subscribers in the form of parents of gay and lesbian children, and others.