Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has said the decision to cease publication of the UK’s only gay newspaper will leave the community “more fragmented and isolated.”

In a statement issued yesterday the newspaper announced it will suspend its fortnightly print and distribution schedule with effect from the end of June.

“The loss of the Pink Paper is a big blow to the lesbian and gay community,” said Mr Tatchell.

“”We have lost a major source of news and information.

“It was an invaluable forum for debate and helped us coordinate campaigns against homophobia.

“Although the online version will remain, it is no substitute for the fortnightly paper, which reached many people who are either not online or who enjoyed the portability of the printed version.

“Without the Pink Paper, the lesbian and gay community is likely to become more fragmented and isolated, with people in one part of the country being much less aware about what is happening in other parts of the country.”

The Pink Paper’s owners, Millivres Prowler Group, hope that printing can be resumed when the economy improves.