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News issues (1973, 1999)
In 1973, a group of gays and lesbians met at the Charles Street
Meeting House in Boston to discuss the publication of a newsletter
to unify and inform Boston’s gay and lesbian community on
a continuous basis. On June 17, 1973, the first issue of the Gay
Community News was printed and distributed. In less than a year,
the GCN developed from a two-page mimeograph to an eight-page, tabloid-style
paper. In the summer of 1978, the GCN became a national newspaper
in focus and distribution. Advocating for gay rights and promoting
awareness of the diversity of gay and lesbian lifestyles, the GCN
was widely known as the most liberal newspaper in the gay and lesbian
community and often dealt with controversial issues not covered
by other publications. The final issue was in 1999. From
the Bromfield Street Educational Foundation records.