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[audio:|titles=BAR Pt 1]

The paper’s coverage of the early AIDS epidemic[audio:|titles=BAR Pt 2]

BAR’s current editorial focus and the future of the paper[audio:|titles=BAR Pt 3]


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. He was also the editor of, which documented user-generated content about the financial crisis and recession. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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