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Gerard P. Donelan (born 1949),[1] known primarily as just Donelan, is an openly-gay cartoonist. He drew "It's a Gay Life", a regular single-panel cartoon feature in The Advocate, for 15 years.[2]

Donelan was born in Boston, but grew up in Plymouth, Massachusetts, the son of advertising artist Paul Donelan. He studied art at Southeastern Massachusetts Technological Institute but did not finish a degree, and went to work in retail. In 1977, disappointed that the pioneering gay comic strip Miss Thing had ended its run in The Advocate, Donelan submitted a cartoon to the publication, which turned into a long-running series of his own. Artists in the same period included Rupert Kinnard, an artist known as the first African American artist who publicize his homosexual identity.[3] "It's a Gay Life" gently lampooned gay culture of the time, focusing primarily on young and middle-aged gay men. He continued to work in retailing while producing the series, which also yielded two paperback reprints: Drawing on the Gay Experience (1987) and Donelan's Back (1988).[1] His work has appeared in Frontiers magazine, in issues of Gay Comix (including one cover),[4] and in the gay comics anthology Meatmen.[2]


  1. ^ a b Drawing on the Gay Experience: Cartoons from The Advocate, by Gerard P. Donelan, "About the Cartoonist", 1987, Liberation Publications
  2. ^ a b GBLTQ - arts - Comic Strips and Cartoons
  3. ^ Booker, Keith (October 28, 2014). Comics through Time : A History of Icons, Idols, and Ideas. p. 599. 
  4. ^ Gay Comix #7 at Grand Comics Database