Gay Cable Network

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Gay Cable Network (GCN) was one of the first cable television networks which openly appealed to a gay and lesbian audience. It was established in 1982 in New York City by Lou Maletta, was broadcast on Manhattan Cable Television channel 35 and wound down operations in 2000-2001.[1] It initially broadcast a series titled Men in Films, which explored male erotica, and evolved to host a wider variety of content, including news and current affairs programs which covered political developments affecting the LGBT community and the AIDS/HIV epidemic. Throughout its time, GCN provided coverage of the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, with on-floor correspondents interviewing candidates and delegates, as well as coverage of the 1987 and 1993 LGBT rights marches on Washington. A documentary aired on GCN, Out in the 90's, earned the network a Special Recognition Award at the inaugural GLAAD Media Awards in 1990.

In 2009, New York University acquired from Maletta some 6,100 VHS tapes of GCN broadcasts from throughout its 19 years of operation for preservation.[2]



  • Gay USA (1985 as Pride and Progress - present)
  • Men in Films
  • Be Our Guest
  • In the Dungeon with "Slave Dale"
  • Good Morning, Gaymerica!
  • Men in Rims
  • Inside/Out
  • The Closet Case Show
  • Lovie TV
  • Men for Men
  • Out! in the 90's
  • Out on Wednesdays
  • Dyke TV
  • Party Talk
  • Stonewall Place After Dark
  • Way Out!

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  1. ^ "Back2Stonewall 1984 Gay Cable Network Lou Maletta". Back in the Gays. Aug 31, 2010. Archived from the original on 2012-03-24. 
  2. ^ Andy Humm (July 29, 2009). "19 Years of LGBT Video History Preserved". Phil Zwickler Foundation.