New York City has one of the biggest LGBTQ+ populations across the world. The lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community in New York City is comprised of over 272,493 individuals alone. New Yorkers looking for insight into NYC's local LGBT scene can pick up one of these printed LGBT magazines and newspapers in New York City, offering the scoop on gay-friendly culture, news, and travel, both in Manhattan and beyond.
For those outside of the city and wanting to stay in the loop, many of these publications have a website that acts as an online magazine.
America’s largest-circulation LGBT newspaper, Gay City News, is a free weekly magazine based out of NYC, focusing on national LGBT issues. The major sections of the publication cover news, arts, culture, and events, along with interesting features and opinion pieces. Gay City News is published by NYC Community Media, LLC, and their sister papers include The Villager, Downtown Express, Chelsea Now, and East Villager News.
This weekly publication, serving areas in NYC, NJ, and Long Island, highlights "the venues, personalities, and culture" of the LGBT nightlife in New York. This content features a free issue with the best local life for the gay community to experience, including recommended bars, nightclubs, restaurants, spas, and businesses.
There are also interviews in the magazine that celebrate the unique personal and professional lives of LGBTQ+ musicians, artists, bartenders, columnists, drag queens, and other members in the larger scene.
Go Magazine is the nation’s most widely read free monthly lesbian magazine, available throughout NYC and some 25 American cities.
While the mag's scope has expanded beyond New York City to cover news, media, travel, and more, its home and heartbeat is still here—don't miss their NYC Events & Nightlife section.
Focusing on gay and lesbian entertainment, lifestyle, and travel, this stylish glossy mag is published bimonthly and available at gay and gay-friendly establishments across the city. This magazine also claims that they are the largest circulation of any gay and lesbian magazine in the New York metropolitan area. Though it also has a Los Angeles and national edition, MetroSource's New York version is the original, in print now for more than two decades.
Additional LGBTQ+ Publications in New York
Diversity Rules Magazine, Oneonta, New York. The mission of Diversity Rules is to help change the way people look at the gay community overall and aims to provide a voice for LGBTQ individuals. This publication also focuses on related topics like gender, race relations, and equality.
The Empty Closet (Gay Alliance of Genesee Valley), Rochester, New York. The Empty Closet publication has been around since 1971 and is considered the oldest LGBT magazine in New York State. It is the official publication of the Gay Alliance of Genesee Valley Inc with the purpose to serve the larger Rochester gay community with local and national news relevant to its group members.