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Gay Postmark Drew Outrage in the ‘80s

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Public outrage over LGBTQ rights is nothing new. On every level of government, issues including marriage equality, the removal of sodomy laws,...

The tricky business of TV advertising

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Thirty years ago, PGN published an article by Rex Wockner about a controversy surrounding popular toy store chain TOYS “R” US. The...

Should politicians be pushed out of the closet?

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A few weeks ago, Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC) made headlines when Sean Harding, a gay porn actor, indirectly suggested on Twitter that...

Philly Pride reported through the years

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The first Gay Pride Parade in Philadelphia took place in 1972, running from Rittenhouse Square to Independence Park. Three years after Stonewall,...

Our History, Our Future: Qualities of a gay hero

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Who is the most famous gay man in America? Who is the gay man people most admire? Those are two very different...

PGN personals through the decades

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For the most part, PGN has not changed much in 44 years. Front page news stories, arts and entertainment spreads, editorials, special...

Milton Shapp and the Council for Sexual Minorities

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In March 1976, Pennsylvania Governor Milton Shapp, an ardent supporter of gay rights who used his political power to help the community,...

In 1979, Rikers Island gave gay prisoners hope

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In May 1979, PGN writer Jack Veasey published a lengthy two-part feature on the country’s first separate prison housing for gay men...

How the Associated Press helped sustain PGN

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When PGN first began publishing in 1976, there were few openly LGBT writers. The community was still growing just as the newspaper...

How PGN got its vending boxes

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Those familiar purple vending boxes dotting the streets of Center City weren’t always there. In the first nine months of its existence,...

The first gay character in a comic strip

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In the March 1976 issue of PGN, M. David Stein wrote about Andy Lippincott, the first openly gay character in a comic...

Police entrapment in the early days, PGN’s response

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Whether one intends it or not, being an openly LGBTQ person is a political act. It was true in 1969, and it...

The ongoing battle over employment discrimination

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In the 1970s, issues of PGN had two stories that appeared almost every week: Anita Bryant’s anti-gay crusade (and the resistance efforts...

Philly’s first attempt at nondiscrimination

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In the Jan. 3, 1976 issue of PGN, Harry Langhorne wrote an article about Bill 1275, which was introduced in City Council in the...

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