Gay Community News (Publication) Collection


Gay Community News (Publication) Collection


Gay Community News began in 1973 as a local newsletter featuring a calendar of events for the GLBT community in Boston and New England. Its news coverage quickly expanded, and in a few short years, it was a national publication in both scope and readership.

During a critical period in the gay liberation and the lesbian and gay rights movement, GCN was a nationally respected, and oftentimes controversial, source of information about the community and a catalyst for political debate.

GCN published as a weekly from 1973 to 1992, and as a quarterly until 1999.


Gay Community News
The History Project
Bromfield Street Educational Foundation

Collection Items

Gay Community Newsletter, 1973 June 17 (Vol 1, No. 1)
From this inaugural issue of Gay Community News (known at that time as the Gay Community Newsletter): There has been a long-standing need in the Boston gay community for improved communication between the various gay organizations and the gay…

Gay Community News, 1973 July 5 (Vol 1, No. 2)
From this issue of Gay Community News: This will be the last issue of GCN that will have the appearance of a PTA bulletin. To give you a more concise professional paper, next week we will be switching to offset printing. The paper will be then…

Gay Community News, 1973 July 12 (Vol 1, No. 4)
Leading this issue of Gay Community News is a story about efforts to support, financially and otherwise, the Charles Street Universalist Meetinghouse which, according to an article in this issue, "is best known to the gay community as the closest…

Gay Community News, 1973 July 19 (Vol. 1, No. 5)
Leading this issue of Gay Community News is a story about a murder and assault of two patrons of the Other Side bar. Other stories include information about an auction to support the Charles Street Universalist Meetinghouse; a plea from Homophile…

Gay Community News, 1973 July 26 (Vol. 1, No. 6)
Leading this issue of Gay Community News are stories about the growing number of reported assaults of GLBT community members. Other stories include discussions of gay community centers and the Charles Street Meetinghouse; information about "State…
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