The history of Pink Triangle Press remains to be written. But its journalistic offspring, especially The Body Politic, have earned the attention of many writers. Here are some of them.
In our own words
The Body Politic was often its own best story and, true to its interest in preserving history, TBP occasionally paused to look back on its own.
“Who we were -- Who we are” by Gerald Hannon
TBP 80, January/February 1982
Gerald Hannon conducts a personal tour of TBP’s most valuable collection – the people who’ve made it all happen.
“The time of our lives” by Tim McCaskell
TBP 134, January 1987
Long-time activist Tim McCaskell picks – with difficulty – the highlights from 15 years of triumphs and defeats, tears and celebrations.
“What happened?” by Rick Bebout
TBP 135, February 1987
The magazine that the Attorney General of Ontario couldn’t kill has decided to suspend publication after 15 years. Why? Rick Bebout details the force that led to the momentous decision of December 16, 1986.
In others’ words
Named one of the 20 most influential Canadian magazines of all time, The Body Politic often drew the interest of journalists and thinkers, as did Xtra.
“Time, gentlemen, please” by Michael Totzke
Ryerson Review of Journalism, Spring 1987.
For 15 years, The Body Politic had led the fight for gay rights. Three men had been at its heart. They’d ridden the highs and the lows. But by late last year it was clear: for TBP the day was over.
“Family album” by Michael Riordon
Fab National. December 1998
The Body Politic was born a collective enterprise – no bosses, only workers united in a struggle … Their will to survive would soon be tested.
“The little gay paper that grew” by Douglas Cudmore
Ryerson Review of Journalism, Summer 1996
Xtra! is as sexually provocative as ever. But it hasn’t stopped mainstream advertisers from wanting a piece of the action.
“The Body Politic: At the genesis of sexual liberation in Canada” by Michael Connors Jackman, with reflections by Gillian Rodgerson, Peter Knegt, Michael Pihach and Gerald Hannon
Xtra (Toronto) 704, 20 October 2011
Beyond simply celebrating the paper, it is worth thinking about how and why it is still relevant today and what we might learn from those who devoted so much of their time and their energy to the work of sexual liberation.
Just the facts
A detailed chronology of events in the history of the Press can be found here.
In words & pictures
A more succinct and visual chronology of our history, presented as a booklet produced by graphic designer Lucinda Wallace for the Press’s 40th birthday party, can be viewed here.