When PGN first began publishing in 1976, there were few openly LGBT writers. The community was still growing just as the newspaper was still growing. In its infancy, the paper had a staff who believed in the mission that a gay newspaper could be a source of information and an agent of change. Most of the staff were members of the community themselves. They covered civil rights, entertainment (which often took the form of books, since we were rarely in TV and movies), politics and pride events. They were part of a team that had to figure out what a gay community newspaper could and should be.