Historic Back Issues
Complete issues of the Bay Area Reporter produced from 2000 to 2005 are now posted and fully searchable via the partner sites for the project. Each offers a distinctive interface and differing functionality–and each is posting the batches of back issues at a differing rate. Select the site that will best serve your needs:
California Digital Newspaper Collection
This site returns the most comprehensive results for keyword searches. A free account is required if you wish to download PDFs. Currently includes all issues from January 2000 through July 2005. To search via the California Digital Newspaper Collection, click here.
This site provides the most effective access for browsing or reading issue by issue and page by page. You can download PDFs without registering for an account. Currently includes all issues from January 1994 through July 2005. To search via the Internet Archive, click here.
About the Newspaper
The Bay Area Reporter is the oldest continuously published lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender weekly newspaper in the United States. Founded in 1971, the publication is known for its original coverage of news, culture and entertainment. The Bay Area Reporter is published every Thursday by BAR Media Inc. The print edition is distributed free of charge in San Francisco and the Bay Area. Since August 2005, the complete editorial contents also have been posted on the newspaper’s website
About the Bob Ross Foundation
Based in San Francisco, the Bob Ross Foundation was established in 1996 by Bob Ross (1934-2003). A pioneer of LGBT community journalism, Ross was the co-founder of the Bay Area Reporter. He served as publisher from 1971 until his death in 2003. Tom Horn, publisher emeritus of the Bay Area Reporter, is now the trustee of the foundation, which provides grants to a Bay Area LGBT nonprofits and supports charities and causes that reflect the philanthropic priorities established by Ross.
The Bay Area Reporter is the oldest continuously published lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender weekly newspaper in the United States.