Assorted Early Publications

This section of this site will feature downloadable and searchable PDF files of selected early
gay & lesbian publications, mostly from Houston, but including some statewide ones.
This is by no means all of the ones that existed, just the ones to which I had access, and
all are rare and interesting. If you can provide other issues of these and similar publications
for scanning purposes, please contact me. I am displaying these in roughly year order. Access

to these publications is courtesy of Gulf Coast Archive & Museum and The Botts Collection.
A listing of some early Houston GLBT publications (a work in progress) can be found at this link.

 Additions are added often, so please check back

Albatross, 1965 - 1968 (?)

Albatross

Perhaps the earliest Houston publication, containing the earliest bar listings, which included The Exile (1954-1986), Pink Elephant (1936-1984) and LaFittes (still open).
All issues were 8 1/2x11"
Editor listed as Bob Eddy, Publisher given as Reuters of Houston. Note: the word "gay" does not appear until the May 1966 issue

Volume 1-1, 8/18/65, PDF



Volume 1-2, 10/1/65, PDF

Volume 1-3, 12/4/65, PDF

Volume 2-1, 5/4/66, PDF


 

Oddly, issues from 1968 were labeled as Volume 1 instead of Volume 3 ; perhaps due to change to a quarterly schedule. Not sure how long this was published

Volume 1-1, 3/68, PDF

Volume 1-2, Sum-68, PDF

Volume 1-3, Fall-68, PDF

 

 

Scans of all issues of
The Albatross after
Volume 1-2, and
The Nuntius
are courtesy
of the ONE Archives
at the USC Libraries,
in Los Angeles

Nuntius, 1970 - 1976
Citizen's News

Nuntius

See Special
Section

Citizens News was a San Francisco quite amateur publication run solely by Guy Strait, somehow in business from 1964-67. He must have had some connection to Texas as he often reported on local news, including Houston bar ads. I have skimmed the entire run's relevant pages

Citizen's News, 64-67 PDF

Gayboy, 1970-1972
Gayboy was issued by Anaco Publishing, Houston and Ray Houston (of K&R Studios) was Editor and Mike Anthony was Associate Editor. After #3 Joe Anthony became Editor. I know of six issues, #1 in 1970, #2 to #5 in 1971, and #6 in 1972. (48-60 pages).

While it was based in Houston, only a bit of content reflected that and much of the material was borderline pornographic, which is why I am not offering pdf files of the issues...that is just not something I want to house here. I did however gather the "Houston content" from the magazine run at this PDF and also see this ad, from the Nuntius.
David 1970-1972
Our Community, 1971-1972
Texas Monthly, April 1973


David was an excellent publication out of Florida covering the SE part of the country, often including Houston. It ran from 1970 until at least 1973. I have taken from their run the pages relevant to Texas in this PDF

Our Community

An early Dallas publication, shown here as it later merged with The Nuntius, and has a bit of Houston mention.

Issue 1, 3/71, PDF
Issue 2, 4/71, PDF
Issue 3, 5/71, PDF
Issue 8, 10/71, PDF
Issue 9, 11/71, PDF
Issue 11, 1/72, PDF


Not a gay publication at all, but the April 1973 issue of Texas Monthly ran an excellent article on the state of the Montrose community; 13 pages.

TXM 04/73 PDF

Texas Gay Conference Programs, 1974-1982


Texas Gay Conferences

The TGC was formed in late 1973 and was held annually through 1982, rotating in different cities around the state to organize political activism. Conferences featured national speakers. At right are programs plus other correspondence.


Programs + Notes

TGC-I-06/21/74, PDF
TCC-II & III-06/75-76, PDF
TGC-IV-6/18/77, PDF
TGC-V-6/9/78, PDF
TGC-VI-8/17/79, PDF
TGC-VII-10/17/80, PDF
TGC-VIII-9/4/81, PDF
TGC-IX-9/3/82, PDF

see Link for more

Southwest Courier, 1977
Pegasus, 1980

Southwest Courier

Houston publication that extended to at least three issues. These copies are not dated but from contents they are Jan & Feb 1977. Edited by Jerry Bird. Content striving for broad appeal, Per Mr Bird, it ran for 11-12 issues.
It was 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"

Volume 1-1, 1/77, PDF
Volume 1-3, 2/77, PDF

Pegasus

Apparently a short-lived publication, Pegasus was started in September 1980 by Jim Flock, former owner of the club Silver Bullet (destroyed by arson in 1978);
5 1/2" x 8 1/2"

Volume 1-1, 9/19/80, PDF

Volume 1-2, 9/26/80, PDF

LXIX, 1978

LXIX

A true pocket-sized publication (4"x7", printed on slick paper). It apparently did not
survive the year. The editor's name was given as Jeff Wesley, then Michael Kenna, later as Sheri Cohen, and coverage was of the more serious news nature.

for issues with an *
after the volume #,
scans are courtesy
of the
ONE Archives,
USC Libraries

Volume 1-1
1/25/78
,
PDF

Volume 1-2
2/1/78
,
PDF

Volume 1-3
2/8/78
,
PDF

Volume 1-4*
2/23/78
, PDF

Volume 1-5*
3/3/78
, PDF

Volume 1-6*
3/11/78
, PDF

Volume 1-7
3/18/78, PDF


Volume 1-8
3/25/78
,
PDF

Volume 1-9*
4/1/78
, PDF

   

 

 

 

not known if
any issues
existed after #23

Volume 1-13
4/28/78
,
PDF

Volume 1-14*
5/6/78
,
PDF

Volume 1-15*
5/11/78
,
PDF

Volume 1-16*
5/18/78
,
PDF

Volume 1-17*
5/26/78
,
PDF

Volume 1-18
6/2/78
,
PDF

Volume 1-19
6/10/78
,
PDF

Volume 1-20
6/16/78
,
PDF

Volume 1-21*
6/23/78
,
PDF

Volume 1-22*
6/30/78
,
PDF

Volume 1-23*
7/7/78
, PDF

Midnight Rider, 1980

Midnight Rider

Another short-run magazine, published by Ron Martin, lasting a few months. Size was 5 1/2" x 8 1/2".
Vol 1-1, 4/30/80, PDF

Volume 1-4      Volume 1-8
5/30/80
,
PDF      6/80, PDF

Vol 1-9     Vol 1-14 
7/4/80
,
PDF   8/8/80, PDF    
Vol 1-16, 8/22/80, PDF

Vol 1-10
7/11/80, PDF

Vol 1-15
8/15/80, PDF

with issue 1-18, Jim Flock was Editor, see Pegasus

Volume 1-17
8/29/80, PDF

Volume 1-18
9/5/80, PDF

 
Club Scene Magazine, 1981-1984

Club Scene Magazine

Slim publication (5 1/2 x 8 1/2") by Jerry Zagst, begun in October 1981 to "inform the clubs of the U.S. of what the Houston clubs were doing." Existed at least through March 1984. Editor was Paul Theall, and then Gerry Webster. Very leather oriented, and negligent in giving volume #s and release dates.
How long did it last?



Oct 1981, PDF



Dec 81/Jan 82, PDF



Feb/Mar 82, PDF



Vol 1-5, Jun 1982, PDF

Aug 1982, PDF

#7, Sep 1982, PDF

#8, Dec 1982, PDF
#8, Jan 1983, PDF
yes, two vol #8s

#10, Apr 1983, PDF

#11, Jun/Jul 1983, PDF

 

#12, Aug/Sep 1983, PDF

#13, Oct/Nov 1983, PDF

Texas Silver Dollar Times, 1982
Insight, 1981
Houston Pride 1985


Texas Silver Dollar Times

Published by RW Martin & Ron Mayhew, this was a very, Very slick magazine...slick paper, slick look, although other than the tux cover shot, the content was not all that different from its competitors. (8 1/2' x 11")

Volume 3-34
9/82
,
PDF


Insight

Supposedly published twice a month (4" x 7"), with no publisher/editor names given; fairly serious material, like Texas Gay Conference VIII

Volume 1-2
8/81
,
PDF

Houston Pride

A short-lived newspaper published by William Marberry, with the controversial Gregg Russell as Editor. I have only seen the two issues at right for May 10th and 17th, 1985. Size was 11x15, 8 pages. How long did it last? It was not affiliated with the Pride Organization.
PDF

Man, 1990+
 
Texas Observer, 1993

Maleman Funzine

At first a rather crudely done publication calling itself an "All Fun Fag Rag," starting in 1990, and published by Blueboy Inc.
Size around 1993 was
5 1/2x8 1/2". The quality upped significantly around 1995 when James Robles took over, and it went weekly in mid-1995. Known to exist at least until July 1996.

 

 

Vol 4-8, 9/93, PDF


Vol 4-9, 10/93,
PDF
Vol 4-23, 06/08/94, PDF
Issue ?, 4/95, PDF

Issue 48, 6/2/95, PDF
Issue 52, 7/1/95, PDF
Issue 55, 8/10/95, PDF
Issue 79, 7/5/96, PDF


Texas Observer

Established in 1954, this straight newspaper devoted most of its issue for May 21, 1993 to objectively portraying gay issues in the state. It featured articles by Annise Parker, Connie More & Debra Hunt, Juan Palermo, Ralph Lasher and others
PDF

 

 

Houston Press
Twelve Fighting Years - Bruce Remmington

 


Houston Press (since 1988) is an "alternative" newspaper, rather than a "gay" one, but often had excellent LGBT coverage, such as the extensive features in the issue shown. (Gay content only scanned)

Vol 5-25, 6/24/93, PDF

Below, critiques of local gay press


While working for his degree at the University of Houston, Bruce Remmington presented in 1983 an excellent college thesis covering Houston gay and lesbian political and social life. He has since passed away, but it is to his credit that many authors and researchers have used his work.

 

Introduction PDF
Chapter 1 PDF
Chapter 2 PDF
Conclusion & Notes PDF

166 pages total

Metro Times (Dallas) 1980 - 1982
 


Metro Times


The only copy I've seen (Vol 1 #20) puts this as a 1980 newspaper. It was published and editied by Roy G Hall, and this particular issue (he was sick) sets a very low bar for content.

Vol 7 #20, 1/8/81, PDF

 

       
A 1993 review of the gay press

 

         
Continue to Assorted Publications, 1992+
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