Gay Life

A new locally-based periodical called Gay Life was started by publisher Jim Austin. In its first issue, Gay Life made it clear that it was not attempting to replicate PGN but rather sought to fulfill one of the uppermost priorities for its readers:  socialization.  Their goal as stated in the first issue is “to make sure that you who pick up a copy of Gay Life have at your fingertips, in an easy-to-digest format, all of the information necessary to give you, the reader, the opportunity to enjoy a healthy gay social life in the Pittsburgh area.” In September 1979, Gay Life published its final issue.  The success of the publication and the demand for more content led original Jim Austin and his business partner Brian Michaels to transition the small tabloid style magazine into a larger full-size magazine entitled Out.