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Gay Cable Network Archives

Call Number



1982-2001, inclusive
; 1984-2000, bulk


Gay Cable Network


400 Linear Feet (254 Boxes)

Language of Materials

Materials are in English.


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.

Historical Note

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.

Conditions Governing Access

The following Series are unprocessed and currently unavailable to patrons:

Series V

Series VII

Series X

Series XIII

Series XIV

Series XV

Series XVI

Series XX

Series XXIX

Series XXXVI

Conditions Governing Use

This collection is protected by copyright and/or related rights. You are free to use materials in the collection in any way that is permitted by the copyright and related rights legislation that applies to your use. For other uses you need to obtain permission from the rights-holder(s).

Preferred Citation

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.

Audiovisual Access Policies and Procedures

Access to some audiovisual materials in this collection is available through digitized access copies. Researchers may view an item's original container, but the media themselves are not available for playback because of preservation concerns. Materials that have already been digitized are noted in the collection's finding aid and can be requested in our reading room. To request an access copy, or if you are unsure if an item has been digitized, please contact with the collection name, collection number, and a description of the item(s) requested. A staff member will respond to you with further information.

Collection processed by

Zachary Dabbs, YZ Chin, Zoƫ Eckman, John M. Sapp, Timothy M. Woitas, and Benjamin P. Peeples. Finding Aid edited by Rhyannon J. Rodriguez, Brent Phillips.

About this Guide

This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2023-09-13 13:29:50 -0400.
Using Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language: Finding aid written in English

Processing Information

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.

Revisions to this Guide

September 2020: Finding aid was updated by Anna Bjornsson McCormick to correctly identify Marsha P. Johnson
April 2021: Edited by Amy C. Vo to revise harmful language regarding suicide
April 2022: Updated by Rachel Mahre to state some video materials have been digitized and are accessible to patrons
December 2022: Updated by Lyric Evans-Hunter to reflect previous digitization of some video materials
February 2023: Updated by Rachel Mahre to revise the arrangement and description of digitized videos
February 2023: Updated by Lyric Evans-Hunter to state some video materials have been digitized and are accessible to patrons


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