The Evidence Ministry, Inc.
Cothran Communications Inc. was founded in 1995 in Atlanta, GA by
Charlene E. Cothran. The
company at one time owned three successful titles. The flagship publication, VENUS
Magazine, was conceived during Cothranís long time affiliation with
Hospitality Atlanta, a social networking organization for lesbians
of color co-founded by Cothran, and others in 1991. Cothranís work
with HA as the maintainer of its private mail list, and as special
events coordinator, led to partnerships with many of Atlantaís
cultural institutions such as the Atlanta Black Cultural Festival,
the Alliance Theatre Company, the High Museum of Art, Jomandi
Productions Theatre Company, the Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King,
Jr. Day March, and others.
Cothran was approached in 1993 by VENUS Landin, a local gay rights
advocate who asked for help reaching African American gays and
lesbians on behalf of Atlantaís Gay Pride organization. Landin,
also African American, understood the power of Cothranís highly
guarded and well-maintained mail list. Through this association,
Cothran participated in several advocacy efforts such as lobbying
for Atlantaís Domestic Partnership bill in 1995. Town Hall meetings
were held at the VENUS Magazine office where national gay rights
leaders gathered to discuss a national Black gay agenda. As
publisher, Cothran was invited to partner with several gay political
organizations such as the Human Rights Campaign Fund, now HRC; the
now defunct National Black Gay & Lesbian Leadership Forum; the
National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the Victory Fund and others.
Under Cothranís leadership were founded and co-founded organizations
such as the Bayard Rustin Rally, which invited national
speakers and took place in step with the Annual King Day March; she
In the Life Atlanta which has become one of the largest
convention-type gatherings of black gays and lesbians nationally.
As circulation grew from a regional 5,000 copies per issue in 1995
to 38,000 copies per issue, VENUS Magazine eventually became the
nationís most reliable print resource for reaching Black gay and
lesbian households. Venus had been financially supported by
consistent annual advertising campaigns from several fortune 500
companies representing pharmaceutical, tobacco and alcohol product. The entertainment and travel industries also recognized VENUS
Magazine as an excellent media buy.
VENUS Magazine is the recipient of the 1999 and 2002 Lorde-Beam
Award for Literary Excellence. In 1999, VENUS Magazine was
included in an article in FOLIO Magazine featuring a round up of
quality gay publications. FOLIO is Ďthe bibleí for advertising
industry experts. Venus Magazine has been featured in several
community-based newspapers, websites, radio and television programs
both gay and non-gay, as presenting excellent editorials on a
variety of topics of interest to the target audience.
In 2002 the company relocated to Cothranís birth home of Trenton,
New Jersey where the company's second successful title, Kitchen
Table News, was launched.
In 2006 Cothran experienced a spiritual transformation
through accepting the Lord Jesus Christ by faith. After nearly
three years of intense discipleship and biblical training Cothran
walked into her destiny as a licensed and ordained international
The vision for The Evidence Ministry, Inc. was given to Cothran by
the Lord after her return from Hong Kong, Macau,
Mexico and across the United States.
"God has shown me that people who no longer want homosexuality
and other sexual brokenness in their lives need to see the EVIDENCE
of change in those who are now made free by simply believing and
applying the Word of God to daily life," she says from her Palm
Coast office. "Parents and family need hope. They
need to see EVIDENCE that their prayers for unsaved loved ones
will not go unanswered." Lastly she says that our
society's children need to be taught to properly understand what God
intended concerning marriage, family, and human sexuality.
"The gay agenda has spent many years and millions of dollars on
reshaping the way children think about homosexuality. The
church, the body of believers across the globe, must be proactive in
its response to this attack on the minds of our children, the future
of our society."
Cothran has been
recently interviewed by numerous global media outlets. She
is also the recipient of several awards of recognition for
service to her local community.