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The Underground Press @ Pitt Special Collections: Gay Press

This guide provides an overview of the underground newspapers and magazines that can be found at Special Collections

Gay Publications

Local Periodicals

Pittsburgh Gay News

  • 1972-1976
  • Published by Gay Alternatives Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
  • First gay newspaper in Pittsburgh

Gay News Pittsburgh Edition

  • 1976-1980
  • Published by Masco Communications, Philadelphia, PA
  • Pittsburgh edition of a Philadelphia-based gay newspaper

Gay Life

  • 1977-1979
  • Published by the authors of Pittsburgh Gay News under GNC Inc., Pittsburgh, PA
  • Tabloid magazine focusing on gay social life in Pittsburgh

Planet Queer

  • 1994-1999
  • Published by Billy Hileman
  • Politics and activist oriented gay newspaper

Pittsburgh's OUT

  • 1979-2012
  • Published by Out Publishing Co. Inc., Pittsburgh, PA
  • Longest running gay newspaper in Pittsburgh

Related Sources

The Gay Press

Gay power fist

The Gay Press was largely concerned with the development of the gay liberation movement in the 60s and 70s and eventually grew into a movement more concerned with equality for queer people.  A great deal of the gay publications contained in Special Collections are indeed underground publications, but some titles (such as Pittsburgh's OUT) would not fall into this category.  They are included here, however, to present a more comprehensive view of the publishing history of the gay liberation movement.  


See tumblr posts about this collection below.

Timeline of Pittsburgh's Local Gay Periodicals

Timeline of Pittsburgh's Local Gay Periodicals

Cover of Issue 1 of Pittsburgh Gay Times
Cover of Issue 25 of Gay Life
Cover of Vol. 2 No. 1 issue of Pittsburgh Gay News
Cover of Issue 39 Out
Cover of Vol. 4 No. 3 issue of Planet Q
Cover of Issue 134 of Pittsburgh's OUT

Secondary Sources