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Music journalist, Atlantic's executive vice president
"It just seemed like the pop culture climate was more accepting now," said Peter Galvin, who left his job as an editor at "Interview" magazine to become Atlantic's vice president of product development for gay markets. "Just having a few artists come out and be successful, like Melissa Etheridge and K. D. Lang - the names that have been uttered over and over again - has been important."
Peter will be working with a diverse crop of artists with gay appeal, including established stars like Laura Branigan and Bette Midler and newer singers like Jill Sobule and Steven Kowalczyk. He will be marketing their music on the Internet and to gay bookstores, as well as helping to arrange performances at gay events.
Atlantic isn't the only label that has realized the potential profits to be made by targeting this market. BMG Records recently started selling classical compilations like "Out Music" to the gay community. But, Peter acknowledged, "I may be the first record label executive with the word gay in my title."