By Gordon Richardson
The Body Politic was a Canadian monthly magazine, published from 1971 to 1987. It was one of Canada’s first significant gay publications, and played a prominent role in the development of the LGBT community in Canada.
The magazine was first published on November 1, 1971 by an informal collective operating out of the home of Glad Day Bookshop owner Jearld Moldenhauer. In issue number 10 published in November 1973, the magazine announced in an editorial the creation of the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives. The editorial opined that “one way to encourage accurate historical research is to gather, and make available, resource material relevant to all aspects of gay history. To this end, The Body Politic has founded the Canadian GLM Archives.”
The CLGA collection holds the complete run of the magazine.