Gay Cable Network Archives
Language of Materials
Founded in 1982 by Louis P. Maletta, the Gay Cable Network was the premiere media chronicler of events and personalities of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community for nearly two decades. GCN programming broadcast on public access television in New York City and other major cities worldwide.
Under the direction of Lou Maletta, and broadcast on Manhattan Cable Television Channel 35, Gay Cable Network (GCN) began in 1982 and stopped production in 2001. GCN was the first network in the nation to openly appeal to a gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender audience. GCN initially broadcast a series titled "Men in Films," which explored the gay male image in media and male erotica, and the network soon evolved to host a wider variety of content, including news and current affairs programs which covered political developments affecting the LGBT community and the AIDS/HIV epidemic. Throughout its time, GCN provided coverage of the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, with on-floor correspondents interviewing candidates and delegates, as well as coverage of the 1987 and 1993 LGBT rights marches on Washington. A documentary aired on GCN, "Out in the 90's," earned the network a Special Recognition Award at the inaugural GLAAD Media Awards in 1990.
This collection has been arranged into 36 Series:
Series I: About Entertainment
Series II: AIDS Memorial Quilt
Series III: Be Our Guest
Series IV: Candied Camera
Series V: Commercials, Trailers, and Miscellaneous Promos
Series VI: Dungeon Knights
Series VII: Emerald City
Series VIII: Events
Series IX: Frankie Loves Johnny
Series X: Gay Games and Sporting Events
Series XI: Gay USA
Series XII: Health and Fitness with Jessie Garcia
Series XIII: Interviews
Series XIV: In the Dungeon
Series XV: In the Life
Series XVI: Lavender Health
Series XVII: LGBT Parades, Marches, and Rallies
Series XVIII: Men & Films
Series XIX: Miscellaneous Programs and Clips
Series XX: Music Videos
Series XXI: Out on Wednesdays
Series XXII: Political Conventions
Series XXIII: Pride and Progress / The Right Stuff
Series XXIV: Public Service Announcements
Series XXV: Secret Passions
Series XXVI: Sixth Floor Harrison
Series XXVII: Sports Scan
Series XXVIII: Static
Series XXIX: Stonewall Place After Dark
Series XXX: Unedited Footage
Series XXXII: Lou Maletta and GCN Files
Oversize Series XXIX: Lou Maletta and GCN Files
Series XXXIII: Photographs
Series XXXIV: Objects
Oversize Series XXXV: Objects
Series XXXVI: Lou Maletta Interviews
Scope and Contents
Founded in 1982 by Louis P. Maletta, the Gay Cable Network was the premiere chronicler of major events and personalities of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community for nearly two decades. Broadcast on public access television in New York City and other major cities worldwide, GCN covered key LGBT civil rights battles, five presidential conventions, as well as the AIDS pandemic and social protests often marginalized in the mainstream media. On televised programs like Gay USA, Pride and Progress, The Right Stuff, Men and Films, Candied Camera, In the Dungeon, and Lavender Health, GCN conducted numerous interviews with leading politicians, medical and educational professionals, entertainers, and social activists.
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Identification of item, date; Gay Cable Network Archives; MSS 231; box number; folder number or item identifier; Fales Library and Special Collections, New York University Libraries.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated by Louis P. Maletta in 2008. The accession number associated with this gift is 2008.231.
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About this Guide
Decisions regarding arrangement, description, and physical interventions for this collection prior to 2021 are unknown.
In 2021, narrative description was revised in Series XI to edit harmful language regarding suicide. Changes were made based on the Recommendations for Reporting on Suicide.