After a tumultuous year in which it was accused of overstating its circulation numbers to advertisers, it appears the San Diego Gay & Lesbian Times has shut its doors. According to NBC San Diego the entire staff has been laid off, and the newspaper failed to showed up at its usual distribution locations last week.
The publication has not released any official statement, and former employees seem to be just as confused as the rest of us. In an online message, one staffer wrote that he was laid off via email with no explanation as to whether the shut down was temporary or permanent. He goes on to say his last pay check was returned for non-sufficient funds and his group insurance plan was cancelled for non-payment.
Earlier this year, the newspaper was accused of significantly inflating its circulation figures to advertisers. The San Diego County District Attorney’s office has reportedly been investigating the publications for “overstating circulation figures and possible financial irregularities.”