Christopher Street (magazine)

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Christopher Street
Christopher Street #1, cover dated 1 July 1976
Editor-in-Chief Charles L. Ortleb
Categories Men's magazine
Frequency monthly
First issue 1 July 1976
Final issue
— Number
1 December 1995
Vol 19 No 4
Company That New Magazine Inc
Country United States
Language English

Christopher Street was a gay-oriented magazine published in New York City, New York. Known both for its serious discussion of issues within the gay community and its satire of anti-gay criticism, it was one of the two most widely-read gay-issues publications in the United States.[1][2] Christopher Street covered politics and culture and its aim was to become a gay equivalent of The New Yorker.[3]

The magazine featured original fiction from such notable authors as Andrew Holleran, as well as emerging gay writers such as Christopher Bram, Allen Barnett, Scott Heim, Patrick Merla and Matthew Stadler.

First published in July 1976, Christopher Street printed 231 issues before closing its doors in December 1995.

Collections of Christopher Street Material[edit]

  • Aphrodisiac, fiction from Christopher Street. New York: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, 1980. ISBN 0698110358. Reprinted unchanged, New York: Putnam, 1982.
  • Charles Ortleb and Richard Fiala, Le gay ghetto: gay cartoons from Christopher Street. St. Martin's 1980. ISBN 0312475888
  • Christopher Street Reader, ed. Michael Denneny; Charles Ortleb; Thomas Steele. New York: Coward, McCann & Geoghegan, 1983. ISBN 0698111257. Issued in England as The View from Christopher Street, Chatto & Windus, 1984, ISBN 0701129069.
  • First Love/Last Love: New Fiction from Christopher Street, ed. Michael Denneny; Charles Ortleb; Thomas Steele. New York: Putnam, 1985. ISBN 0399130829


  1. ^ Miller, Stephen (October 1995). "Who Stole the Gay Movement?". Christopher Street. Retrieved 2006-12-07. 
  2. ^ "Arm yourself with a copy of 'The Homosexual Agenda'". Pam's House Blend. 2006-06-25. Retrieved 2006-12-07. 
  3. ^ Bram, Christopher. Eminent Outlaws: The Gay Writers Who Changed America. 2012: Twelve, New York.