In her highly illustrated, keenly observed book Gay Press, Gay Power: The Growth of LGBT Community Newspapers in America, Chicago-based editor Tracy Baim looks at how gay magazines and newspapers helped to win over hearts and minds in mainstream America while also informing LGBT folks about their own community and countering mainstream media coverage of gay issues.
Los Angeles played a key role in the rise of the gay press: The national gay newsmagazine The Advocate started up in L.A. in 1967 and the first pro-gay magazine in the United States, ONE magazine, first published in 1953. Baim talked with L.A. Weekly about the importance of her book and the gay press in the United States.
How did the project start and why did you want to do it?
I originally wanted to do profiles of the longest-running gay newspapers remaining in the U.S., but quickly expanded it to include the reason gay media was formed, how it thrived and survived, who were some of its key journalists and publications, and where it is going now.More »