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Editor Alan Bell
Categories Newspaper
Frequency Weekly
Publisher Alan Bell
First issue February 28, 1977
Final issue 1979
Company New York Gay News, Inc.
Country  United States
Language English
Website [1]
ISSN 0145-9104

Gaysweek was New York City's first mainstream weekly lesbian and gay newspaper.[1][2] It was founded by Alan Bell in 1977. Gaysweek began as an 8-page single-color tabloid and when it ceased publication in 1979 after 104 issues, it had grown to a 24-page two-color publication. Its monthly arts supplement, "Gaysweek Arts and Letters," was edited by Byrne Fone. During its run, Gaysweek was one of only three gay weeklies in the world and the only mainstream gay publication owned by an African American. A portion of Gaysweek archives are housed at Cornell University Library, Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections.[3]

Although it was eventually granted, Gaysweek's application to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for registration of the Gaysweek trademark, was opposed by Newsweek, Inc. because, according to attorneys for the publication, they are similar "both phonetically and in appearance." Newsweek later sued Gaysweek for trademark infringement[4]

Gaysweek made news briefly in 2002, when the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston, in relation to a lawsuit filed against it by the attorney of a man who accused Boston-based Father Paul Shanley of repeated rape, turned over a copy of the February 12, 1979 issue of Gaysweek which included an article titled "Men & Boys" that described a meeting in Boston in which Shanley defended a relationship between a man and a boy.[5]


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  1. ^ Chuck Taver (2008-01-30). "African Americans in the LGBT Community". Marshall University Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender Outreach Office. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  2. ^ "The Living Room". Matt & Andrej Koymasky. 2002-06-28. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  3. ^ Andrea Hektor. "Guide to the Gaysweek Publishing Items, 1977-1978". Cornell University Library. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  4. ^ Sukie de la Croix. "What a Difference a Gay Makes: The Gay/Lesbian Movement, 5, 10, 15 & 20 Years Ago". Outlines. Retrieved 2008-02-10. 
  5. ^ "Shanley Attended NAMBLA Meeting". 2002-05-02. Retrieved 2008-02-10.