Gay Community News Photograph Collection

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Gay Community News Photograph Collection

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Gay Community News was a weekly journal published in Boston from 1973 to 1992 by the Bromfield Street Educational Foundation. It was an important resource for the LGBT community, reporting a wide variety of LGBT related news.

The GCN photograph collection housed at The History Project in Boston, MA consists of approximately 1500 photographs, most of which are black and white prints. The photographs were taken for use in the journal, many appearing in the publication, and donated to The History Project after the closure of the journal. History Project staff members were responsible for creating three series of photographs, categorizing the images by 1. Organizations, 2. People, and 3. Demonstrations. The History Project also houses a complete run of the journal Gay Community News.

A selection of the photographs from the Organizations series is available on this Omeka site. The photographs are from a wide variety of organization in the Boston area, ranging from protest groups, to musical groups, to political groups, to theater groups. The entire Organizations series has been digitized and may be available through email by contacting The History Project at info@historyproject.org.

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Items in the Gay Community News Photograph Collection Collection

Abe Rybeck and Damien Thibodeaux in costume for a performance of "Pure PolyESTHER"
Pure Polyesther is a hilarious and subversive retelling of the Old Testament story of Esther. The Theater Offensive's purimspiel mixes slapstick, klezmer, cross-dressing, outrageous scenery-chewing, and queer coupling with an earnest message about…

Stephen Harrington, Abe Rybeck, and Scottie Madden of Theater Offensive, posing with puppets
Stephen Harrington, Abe Rybeck, and Scottie Madden of the Theater Offensive standing in a row with five puppets. Each man is speaking into a microphone.

Four performers, including Abe Rybeck, from United Fruit Company pose in costume
Four men, including Abe Rybeck (second from the right), wearing dresses pose dramatically in front of a banner that reads: "United Fruit."

Abe Rybeck smiling with his arm around a man wearing a hat that reads "Life a Virgin"
Abe Rybeck smiling with his arm around a man wearing a sweater dress and hat that reads "Like a Virgin."

Abe Rybeck kissing a life-size puppet on the cheek
Abe Rybeck kissing a life-size puppet on the cheek.

Abe Rybeck, fist raised, posing with a life-size puppet
Abe Rybeck, fist raised and smiling, with his arm around a life-size puppet.

Abe Rybeck at a protest against the war in Nicaragua
Abe Rybeck, wearing a blonde wig, standing with two other men, one in a bathrobe, at an outdoor protest. Banners on a wall behind the men read "Hunger Kills As Well As Guns, Stop the Embargo" and "No U.S. War on Nicaragua, Stop the Embargo." Other…

Four performers from United Fruit Company, including Abe Rybeck, pose in costume
Four men wearing dresses pose dramatically in front of a banner that reads: "United Fruit." Abe Rybeck is pictured at the far right.

Four members of Adult Children of Heterosexuals, including Abe Rybeck, posed in song
On verso: Adult Children of Heterosexuals performs their unique brand of high camp, raucous cabaret at Nightstage in Cambridge on July 6 at 8pm. Band members (l to r) Scott Madden, Felice Shays, Lynn Brown, and (bottom) Abe Rybeck will croon to make…

Banner group of the Freedom Trail Band in Copley Plaza during Pride 1985
A man twirls a baton and marches in the 1985 Pride Parade in front of a banner for the Lesbian and Gay Freedom Trail Band.

AIDS Action Committee members march in a parade
AIDS Action Committee members during a parade, with a banner and many balloons in Copley Square in Boston, MA.

Banner parade at Dignity/Boston Convention
Dignity/Boston was formed in the first waves of the Gay Liberation movement that followed the Stonewall Riots, and has been providing a home for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) Catholics, their friends and supporters since 1972.…

Dignity/Boston at Pride 1978
Dignity/Boston was formed in the first waves of the Gay Liberation movement that followed the Stonewall Riots, and has been providing a home for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) Catholics, their friends and supporters since 1972.…

Daughters of Bilitis information table
Three women from the Daughters of Bilitis sit a table with copies of their journal Focus, originally titled Maiden Voyage, in front of them.

A Daughters of Bilitis softball game
View from behind the pitcher toward home plate at a Daughters of Bilitis softball game.

Del Martin and Phyllis Lyons sitting on a couch
Del Martin and Phyllis Lyons, founders of the national lesbian group Daughters of Bilitis, sitting on a couch chatting with some other women in Boston.

Del Martin and Phyllis Lyons in conversation
The founders of the group Daughters of Bilitis, Del Martin and Phyllis Lyons, at a gathering in Boston.

Gay Community News staff with banner at Pride 1990
Men and women of Gay Community News holding a large banner in the 1990 Pride march in Boston.

Gay Community News Staff Christmas 1973
Gay Community News staff posed on a staircase, including: Joe Martin, Loretta Lottman, Sasha, Jon Kyper, Ellen B. Davis, Jan Johnson, and David Peterson (in a nun's habit). This is the first photograph taken of the staff of Gay Community News.

Actors from United Fruit Company in costume
In 1989, founding Artistic Director Abe Rybeck and a group of artist/activists formed The Theater Offensive to expand on the success of the gay men's guerrilla theater troupe, United Fruit Company. The Theater Offensive mounts and produces festivals…

Three Theater Offensive actors dressed for a performance
Abe Rybeck and two other actors from the Theater Offensive posing in costume.

Nine cast members from a Triangle Theater Company production of "The Boy's in the Band"
The cast of a Triangle Theater production of "Boys in the Band" standing in two rows by height, staring at the camera without smiling. The Triangle Theater Company was founded in 1979 by David M. Hough. Named for the pink triangles used to mark gay…

Portrait of five women of The Wallflower Order
The Wallflower Order was co-founded in 1975 by Krissy Keefer with the mission to provide an expanded artistic landscape as it related to women in the 20th century. Working with feminist production companies, political groups and women's sevice…

Three actresses from Split Britches
This is a promotional photograph for the lesbian performance group Split Britches in their original play "Upwardly Mobile Home." From left to right are founding members of Split Britches Lois Weaver and Peggy Shaw with later member Deborah Margolin…

The Women's Video Collective at work at the Seneca Women's Peace Encampment
The Women's Video Collective (WVC) was formed by a small group of women from the Boston area in May 1983. Their purpose was to document the Seneca Women's Encampment for a Future of Peace and Justice in upstate New York. From this experience, the…

Boston Lesbian and Gay Political Alliance auction
In this photograph, a man stands at a podium on a little stage during an auction for the Boston Lesbian and Gay Political Alliance at the Lenox Hotel. Founded as the Lesbian and Gay Political Alliance of Greater Boston (LGPAGB) in 1982, the Lesbian,…

Boston Area Gay Schoolworkers demonstration
Demonstrators from the Boston Area Gay Schoolworkers standing under a balcony on which a cameraman can be seen filming.

Man poses with Men of All Colors Together memorial
George Nolley, co-chair of Men of All Colors Together, with a panel for the Names Project AIDS quilt commemorating the life of Michael O'Leary (1949-1986), one of the group's members, signed by Men of all Colors Together Boston. Men of All Colors…

Am Tikva Passover Seder celebration
Am Tikva members seated at tables for Passover Seder at the Brookline Jewish Community Center. The congregation Am Tikva – People of Hope – has been serving the Greater Boston community since 1976, creating an open and welcoming environment where…

Henry J. Ferris, Jr. presents AIDS Action Committee Director, Larry Kessler, with a pledge check
Cablevision of Boston General Manager, Henry J. Ferris, Jr., presents checks totaling $1,665 to AIDS Action Committee Director, Larry Kessler (on left). The proceeds came from Bravo’s “Unfinished Stories” telethon and from the “Clash of the…

Boston Gay Men's Chorus in concert
The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus is one of New England’s largest and most successful community-based choruses. From 1985 to 1997, the BGMC was under the direction of Robert Barney, who now holds the title of Conductor Laureate. In this photograph,…

Formal portrait of the Boston Gay Men's Chorus
The Boston Gay Men’s Chorus is one of New England’s largest and most successful community-based choruses. From 1985 to 1997, the BGMC was under the direction of Robert Barney, who now holds the title of Conductor Laureate. This photograph is a…

Members of Black and White Men Together march in a protest
Men of All Colors Together Boston is the Boston chapter of the National Association of Black and White Men Together. Men of All Colors Together Boston was founded in 1980 and is the second-oldest national chapter and the oldest interracial gay group…

Three Batucada Bells triangle players in a Pride march
The Batucada Belles, founded in 1982, are an all-women percussion troupe that has performed the Brazilian-inspired batucada samba in the Pride march, the Walk for Hunger, the AIDS Walk and other social justice rallies in the Greater Boston area for…

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