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PGN at 40

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‘Sodomy’ repeal to be delayed Adapted from reporting by Harry Langhorne State Sen. Louis G. Hill was considering delaying the introduction of his bill...

Day in the Life Of: Philadelphia Gay News

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Armed with nothing but her notebook, pen and minimal background information, PGN staff writer Paige Cooperstein got to work last month to get the...

Editors shaped PGN’s 40-year legacy

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Al Patrick considered himself a news hound more than a gay activist. After graduating from Temple University with a journalism degree, he started working...

Printing, advertising evolution reflects changes in community

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Because Don Pignolet had a truck, he got drawn into Philadelphia Gay News as its second issue printed in February 1976. ...

The 1,000 words captured in every image

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If ever there was a daunting task lurking along the back walls of the PGN office, this was the year it materialized. Six huge...

Four decades of PGN

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The LGBT community has changed over the last four decades, as has Philadelphia Gay News’ role in engaging with it. When...

PGN journalist’s 40-year adventure

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I’ve written news stories for PGN for 40 years, making me one of the longest-serving journalists for an LGBT news outlet in the world....

The tale of the purple vending box

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PGN’s vending boxes originally were my idea. I saw an alternative paper called the Drummer using them and thought that if...

The team behind PGN, Volume 1

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“With the publication of the first issue of the Philadelphia Gay News, a whole new dimension has been added to Philly’s gay community and,...

In Memoriam, PGN staff

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Throughout PGN’s 40 years, our pages have carried countless obituaries on members of our community. As a community newspaper, we have remained committed to...

PGN Fast Facts

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Want to know some tidbits about PGN? We thought so...   Reaching our readers -First issue was published Jan. 3, 1976 -Went...

Faces of PGN

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Our offices have been populated over the years by hundreds of folks — from advertising reps to writers to photographers to designers to support...

243 awards and counting …

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PGN is the nation's most-awarded LGBT publication. We've garnered at least 243 awards in our 40 years from local, state and national press associations. For...

Mentionable Moments in LGBT history

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There have been countless moments that shaped Philadelphia's LGBT community in the last 40 years. From protests to Prides, and City Council to the Supreme...

1983 Reprint: Meet a local AIDS patient

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*Editor’s Note: In reviewing the PGN archives in preparation for our 40th anniversary, we were struck by this account of what life was like...

Moments in HIV/AIDS history

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•       On June 5, 1981, the Centers for Disease Control issues a warning about pneumocystis carinii, a rare form of pneumonia, after five gay...

Decades of love, spurred by PGN ad

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“Hang Out and Have Fun!” read the ad placed by Frank Chile in the March 21, 1997 issue of PGN. Chile,...

Business owners ponder Gayborhood’s future

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The Gayborhood has seen many changes and evolutions over the years, which begs the questions: Where is the Gayborhood right now and where is...

Evolution of the Gayborhood

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In the second half of the 20th century, the Center City neighborhood that became known as the Gayborhood formed in the vicinity of 13th...

Community organizations expand, evolve

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PGN has undergone many changes in its 40 years, but has always remained committed to being a community-focused publication. The local LGBT community —...

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