In the March 1976 issue of PGN, M. David Stein wrote about Andy Lippincott, the first openly gay character in a comic strip. A mild-mannered, respectful law school student, Lippincott debuted on Jan. 27, 1976, in “Doonesbury,” the iconic series created by American artist Gary Trudeau. His first appearances in the comic follow his introduction to fellow student Joanie Caucas, a 30-year-old feminist who immediately grows smitten with him. The two chat about legal cases and eventually meet for a dinner during which Joanie is flirtatious and Andy apprehensive. A few weeks later, Andy comes clean and tells Joanie that he is gay.