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Newspaper heir’s murder made waves in 1976

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On December 7, 1975, John S. Knight III, former editor of the Philadelphia Daily News and the heir to the Knight-Ridder newspaper chain, was...

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, and fair...

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 company had...

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 Graham had...

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, Philadelphia had...

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 questions. When...

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 features. Week...

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, created the...

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 and trans...

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 was still...

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 Philadelphia...

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 strip. A...

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 is true...

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 launched against...

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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