: In this photograph taken by Sarah Cloud for the Columbus Free Press, attendees gather at the March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay and Bi Civil Rights, April 25, 1993. Protestors hold a large banner reading, "No Reliance on Clinton, the Cops, or the Courts to Defend Lesbians/Gays in Society or the Military. Open the Borders! Let the Haitians In! End Racist and Anti-Gay Immigration [Illegible]."
The Columbus Free Press began as a bi-weekly publication in Columbus, Ohio, in 1970. An underground newspaper, it replaced the Ohio State University publication The People, Yes. The earliest known issue of the newspaper appeared on January 4, 1971. The newspaper underwent a series of name changes over the decades, with titles including the Columbus Free Press & Cowtown Times (1972-1976), the Columbus Freepress (1976-1992) and The Free Press (1992-1995). The paper, which covered many liberal and progressive causes, was an alternative to mainstream news sources in central Ohio with the slogan “The Other Side of the News.”
In 1995, the paper ceased publication briefly before reemerging as a website in early 1996, and returning as a print publication under the Free Press title in the form of a quarterly journal in 1998. Published under various frequencies during the first part of the 21st century, the Free Press again became a nonprofit monthly publication in 2017 with both a print and web presence, published by the Columbus Institute for Contemporary Journalism and operated by a volunteer staff and board.
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: MSS1301AV_B03F09_05 Subjects
: Gay rights--United States--History--20th century; LGBTQ Community; Parades & processions; Activists
: Columbus (Ohio); Franklin County (Ohio)