Planet Queer Begins Publishing

Planet Queer, also known as Planet Q, begin publication and ran until January 1999. Founded by longtime LGBT activist Billy Hileman, the newspaper reported on local and national issues and news that affected the community, serving “the Tri-State’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered Communities.” In additional, it also featured resources and events.

For Billy, front page news was a recent public health study that revealed how HIV/AIDS disproportionately affected communities of color. No issue of Planet Queer was complete without a call to action, urging locals to vote for politicians responsive to the needs of the queer community and demanding that citizens hold their elected officials accountable.  To him, it seemed quite obvious that immigration and natural disaster relief were queer issues that ought to be near and dear to the community.