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of the media
For years, mainstream press ignored
the LGBT community. Thankfully
LGBT media filled the gaps
Editor's note: October is National Gay Histoty
Month, and as the month begins, Rare Reporter colum-
nist David Webb takes a look at the role the media —
both mainstream and LGBT—has played in preserving
If an LGBT person went into a coma a decade
or so ago and
came out of it
today they likely
wouldn't be able to
believe their eves
when they recovered
enough to: survey the
There was a time
not so long ago when
gay activists literally
had to plead with or
rant at editors and re-
porters at main-
stream publications and television stations to get
them to cover LGBT events. Even editorial staffs
at alternative publications often dismissed politi-
cal and cultural events in the LGBT community as
unimportant to the majority of their audience.
Editors and reporters at traditional media out-
lets who happened to be members of the LGBT
community often steared clear of gay issues to fall
in line with the prevailing policies, set by the pub-
lishers in the newsroom. Often, they were deep in
the closet, or if not, just afraid to challenge the sta-
I know all this to be true because as late as the
early 1990s, I was engaged in legendary battles
with my straight editor at an alternative publica-
tion who only wanted two or three "gay stories"
per year. After the first quarter of one year I heard
the editor telling another writer that I had already
used up the newspaper's quota for gay stories for
the whole year.
This long-standing scarcity of coverage opened
the door for the launch of gay newspapers to fill
the void and the thirst for information that was
coming not only from LGBT people but also
The Rare Reporter
straight allies, straight enemies and the non-com-
mitted in the gay rights movement.
After about two decades of working for the
mainstream media and later at the alternative pub-
lication for a few years, I moved to a gay newspa-
per. Upon hearing about it, my former editor
advised me that the job sounded "perfect" for me.
At the gay newspaper, I not only covered LGBT
issues, but I also liked to scrutinize and comment
on the coverage or lack thereof I observed in main-
stream publications. It was, at the time, a dream
job for me. I was flabbergasted to learn that no one
at the newspaper had obtained a media pass from
local law enforcement officials nor received official
recognition at local law enforcement public rela-
What gay activists and enterprising journalists
had come to realize was that straight people were
just as interested in what our community was
doing as we were. I also realized that elected and
appointed public officials, civic and religious lead-
ers, law enforcement officials and most others love
media coverage, and the fact that it was a gay pub-
lication featuring them didn't much matter at all.
As a result, gay publications across the country
were: providing coverage that gay and straight
readers couldn't find anywhere else. And those
newspapers were flying out of the racks at the li-
braries, municipal buildings and on the street in
front if the big city newspapers as fast as they dis-
appeared from gay and lesbian nightclubs.
What it amounted to was that gay publications
were enjoying a lucrative monopoly on LGBT
news and, in the process, helping LGBT commu-
nities to grow strong in major urban areas.
It's amazing how long it took the powers that
be at the giant media companies to figure out what
was going on, but they eventually did.
I would love to say that a social awakening was
responsible for the new enlightened approach to
LGBT issues by the mainstream media, but alas, I
fear it was more motivated by dollars and cents.
Publishers began to realize that those small gay
publications were raking in lots of advertising rev-
enue from car dealers, retail stores, real estate
agencies and many other businesses where the
owners knew LGBT people spent money.
Today, you can hardly turn on the television or
pick up a newspaper or magazine without hearing
or reading about something related to LGBT news
or gay and lesbian celebrities and politicians.
When I fired up my laptop today, I received an e-
mail from the Huffington Post directing me to a
story written by Arianna Huffington announcing
new features that included the debut of "HuftPost:
Gay Voices," a page that will compile LGBT news
stories together each day for the convenience of
With the power of the Internet and its capacity
for documenting and archiving news stories, in-
formation about the LGBT community for both
the present and the past will always be at our fin-
gertips, except for those three decades between
about 1970 and 2000 when the mainstream media
couldn't be bothered with us because they had no
idea what a force we would one day become.
For information about that period of time we
are going to have to scour the coverage of gay
newspapers and magazines published before the
days of the Internet, read fiction and non-fiction
published by LGBT writers and encourage older
members of our community to share their recol-
lections in written and oral form.
It's vitally important to the history of our cul-
ture that we not lose those stories, and it's largely
thanks to our communities' own publications that
we won't. ■
David Webb is a veteran journalist who has covered
LGBT issues for the mainstream and alternativeviedia
for three decades. E-mail him at
The legislature slashed state funds,
but city funding cuts weren't as bad
as they could have been. Best of all,
there are ways you can help keep
our libraries flush with LGBT content
ack in the winter, I wrote here about prob-
lems facing our libraries ("Losing our li-
braries," Dallas Voice, April 1). The theme
of that piece was the
enormous losses the
Dallas Public Library
system was likely to
face if the 82nd Texas:
Legislature took an
axe to public systems
Well, they did
wield an axe — and
we lost a lot of state
funding. This adds
injury to insult, since
the city of Dallas has
cut library funds drastically over the last three
But the recently approved 2012 budget is less
austere than it might have been. City Manager
Mary Suhm proposed, and the mayor and city
council agreed, to fund the new branch library
now under construction on Ferguson Road, to
maintain the current 40 hours at other libraries
and to plump up the meager materials budget.
However, the approved budget also cut more
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