Former Publisher of San Diego Gay Paper Commits Suicide
Frontiers has confirmed that Michael Portintino, 52, the former publisher of the San Diego Gay and Lesbian Times, committed suicide Wednesday night.
According to Michael Ellano, an investigator with the San Diego County Medical Examiner's office, Portinino was found dead at 8:12 p.m. at 525 Spruce Street, San Diego -- the famed gay-owned Park Manor Suites. According to the San Diego Gay and Lesbian News, the Gay and Lesbian Times experienced serious financial and legal troubles in May, though there is no indication yet if that might have played a role in Portintino's suicide.
Paul Levikow, Communications Director for the San Diego District Attorney's office, told Frontiers that there were no pending charges filed against Portintino, nor did anyone from the DA's office call Portintino's attorney to say that charges would be filed.
Thursday afternoon, the Portantino Family released the following statement:
"Michael Portantino was a fighter his entire life. He provided tireless and unmatched support for the LGBT community and advocated for respect and dignity for all Californians. As a father, brother and son he valued his family and friends. He made us laugh, he made us think and sometimes he even made us angry as he challenged us all to live our lives to their fullest potential and with complete absolute commitment to one another for the betterment of our neighborhoods, communities and country.
We have suffered a great loss and pray for Michael as he will no longer be with us in body. We have all been touched by his spirit and passion and we hope that he is remembered for the positive role he played in all our lives.
The Portantino Family"
Frontiers will have more on this story in the next issue of the magazine.