Past and Future of the Queer Press

Tue. May 21, 2019 at 6:30pm EDT
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Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library. "Gay Liberation Front pickets Time, Inc." The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1970

From the Stonewall era to the age of the podcast, activists and journalists speak about the legacy of the queer press across the decades. 

Founded as an activist organization that built on the momentum surrounding the Stonewall Riots, the Gay Liberation Front organized marches on Time magazine and The Village Voice, and published its own newspaper, Come Out!—the first gay liberation newspaper in the world. Come Out! provided openly queer media exposure for many activists, writers, and artists who would later take on national prominence, including Rita Mae Brown, Dennis Altman, Sylvia Rivera, Diana Davies, and many more.

In conjunction with the exhibition Love & Resistance: Stonewall 50, founding members of the Gay Liberation Front, Perry Brass and Karla Jay, speak with media and activism scholar Michael Bronski, and Kathy Tu and Tobin Low, co-hosts of WNYC Studios’ podcast Nancy. They'll discuss the rise of the queer press in the 1960s and 70s, and the lasting impact of its legacy. 

For free events, we generally overbook to ensure a full house. Priority will be given to those who have registered in advance, but registration does not guarantee admission. All registered seats are released shortly before start time, and seats may become available at that time. A standby line will form one hour before the program.

Please send all press inquiries (photo, video, interviews, audio-recording, etc.) at least 24-hours before the day of the program to Sara Beth Joren at For all other inquiries, please contact

Major support of the Love & Resistance: Stonewall 50 exhibition and related programming is provided by The New York Community Trust, Hermes Mallea and Carey Maloney, and the TD Charitable Foundation and TD Bank. Additional support is provided by Time Warner and the Magnus Hirschfeld Endowment Fund.

Support for The New York Public Library’s Exhibitions Program has been provided by Celeste Bartos, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, Mahnaz Ispahani Bartos and Adam Bartos Exhibitions Fund, Jonathan Altman, and Miriam and Ira D. Wallach.

ASL interpretation and real-time (CART) captioning available upon request. Please submit your request at least two weeks in advance by emailing

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Wachenheim Trustees Room (2nd Floor) The New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 42nd Street & 5th Avenue
New York, NY 10018