LGBTQ newspapers have consistently served the queer community as a media outlet since the 1960s. In 1969, a common police raid of a gay bar, The Stonewall Inn, resulted in a multiday riot, now known as the Stonewall Riots. The riots prompted many in the LGBTQ to seek better and less biased coverage of the community. Not only had several mainstream newspapers downplayed, mocked, sensationalized, or ignored the riots, but on the whole, mainstream newspapers contained unflattering, often demeaning, coverage of LGBTQ-related news. Even The Village Voice, an alternative newspaper, failed to provide unbiased and decent coverage, using the term force of faggotry in describing the riots. As a result, other alternative newspapers began, ones that were created by members of the LGBTQ community.

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