Even if they weren’t brave enough to go to a dance or demo, or even stand on the sidelines of a march, the papers were a lifesaver for so many people to know they weren’t alone. It’s important for people to understand the value of that, and how important it was for people who grew up thinking we were the only people like ourselves—alone in the world. That’s one of the things the gay press did. You [might] find a copy of a gay paper on the street, in a garbage can, on a subway seat, a bus seat, and it would help save your life. Just being there was life-saving.
Pioneering lesbian journalist Karla Jay, in an interview in Tracy Baim’s Gay Press, Gay Power.
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