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PGN Editors reflect on their time at the helm

Al Patrick (Editor, 1993 to 1996)  It feels like PGN has always been there. Like cheesesteaks and soft Pretzels, it has been part of the...

A reporter looks back

In this era of so-called “cancel culture,” and one in which news outlets close every day, the 45th anniversary of an independent newspaper is,...

A PGN writer’s journey down memory lane

As a writer for PGN almost since its inception, I’ve covered many stories that made a deep impression on me. For this 45th-anniversary issue,...

PGN at 45: One Writer’s First Encounter with Philadelphia Gay News

Growing up in the city, my family lived between 11th and 12th Streets. The primary means to go into Center City — and then...

How PGN Got Its Vending Boxes

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...

Despite advances, we have much to learn

Before I started writing for PGN in 2019, I knew little about the diverse LGBTQ+ communities that live in and around Philadelphia. I am...

A brief history of PGN

PGN’s first issue was published on January 3, 1976. The paper was 36 pages and included articles on the fight to get a gay...

The team behind PGN, Volume 1

“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,...


Kids really do say the darndest things

Creep of the Week: Lindsey Graham

Troy Hendrickson: Down Pat


“Dear Evan Hanson” truly misses the mark

Evan Hansen (out gay actor Ben Platt, reprising his Broadway role) has crippling social anxiety. And fans of the Tony-winning musical “Dear Evan Hansen,”...

Iconic lesbian club owner pens new memoir

Horoscopes: September 24 – 30, 2021

Zach Palmer: Behind the walls

Our history reveals our truth