Fag Rag, June 1971
Fag Rag, June 1971
Fag Rag was a significant, Boston-based "gay male newspaper" published from 1971 and the early-1980s. In the wake of the Stonewall rebellion in New York, gay liberation activism in Boston accelerated, including the establishment of a periodical, Lavender Vision. Initially, gay men and women worked on the newspaper together as a "69 publication," meaning half of the newspaper was devoted to gay men and half to gay women. Shortly after its initial publication, though, lesbian activists split, feeling that gay women needed a space of their own. The newspaper was relaunched as a women-centered periodical and local gay men established Fag Rag. At its height, Fag Rag had between 400-500 subscribers and a print run of 4,000-4,500. Like other underground press periodicals, Fag Rag featured a mix of original journalism, opinion and graphic arts related to the gay liberation movement, as well as interviews with notable figures, including, William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Christopher Isherwood, John Wieners, Allen Young, Gerard Malanga, John Rechy, Ned Rorem, and Gore Vidal. Features in this issue include: yoga; Phil Ochs; a failed attempt to establish a gay community center; psychology and homosexuality; a reflection by a gay teenager; homosexuality and military service; coming out; the anti-war movement; a critique of the May Day protest in D.C.; “Revolutionary sexism” in the Black Panther Party; Machismo and police; "gayness" and the Cuban Revolution; the objectification of the “cock”; as well as a selection of poetry.
Fag Rag Collective
Center for Digital Research in the Humanities, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Fag Rag Collective, “Fag Rag, June 1971,” Roz Payne Sixties Archive, accessed April 14, 2021, https://rozsixties.unl.edu/items/show/689.