Interview: Bay Area Reporter Publisher on Early Days Covering Gay Rights and AIDS Epidemic

The Bay Area Reporter
The Bay Area Reporter, one of the oldest LGBT papers in the country, is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

KQED’s Cy Musiker interviewed B.A.R.’s current publisher, Thomas Horn, about the paper’s earliest days during the nascent gay rights movement; its seminal coverage of the AIDS epidemic, back when the virus appeared unstoppable (one issue in 1989 consisted of just 604 obituaries and accompanying photographs; headline in 1998: “No Obits”); and the paper’s current focus and future.

Important stuff for anyone interested in LGBT history…

Tom Horne on the origins of the paper during the early days of the gay rights movement:http://ww2.kqed.org/news/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2011/04/BAR-Pt-11.mp3|titles=BAR

The paper’s coverage of the early AIDS epidemic:http://ww2.kqed.org/news/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2011/04/BAR-Pt-2.mp3|titles=BAR

BAR’s current editorial focus and the future of the paper:http://ww2.kqed.org/news/wp-content/uploads/sites/10/2011/04/BAR-Pt-3.mp3|titles=BAR

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Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks writes mostly on film for KQED Arts. He is also an online editor and writer for KQED's daily news blog, News Fix. Jon is a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S.

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