Name: Gay and Lesbian Public Access Show in Denver

Date:  1985 - 1995

Location:  North America

SubjectSexual/Gender Orientation


Artist: Anthony Palange

Confronting Bodies: Denver Community Television

Date of Action: 8/1/94

Specific Location: Denver, Colorado

Description of Artwork: "G/L Magazine," a gay news-and-entertainment show, produced for public access television.

Description of Incident: Denver Community Television (DCTV) refused to air two episodes of Anthony Palange's "G/L Magazine," asserting that they were "obscene." Palange then filed suit with the aid of the ACLU in Denver. Under federal cable television laws, public access channels are public forums, and neither a city nor an agency to which a city delegates the function of administering public access TV may censor the content of programs. In the case of "G/L Magazine" there had never been any judicial determination that the programs met the legal standard for obscenity. The episodes did not even contain nudity.

Results of Incident: In early November 1993, "G/L Magazine" resumed broadcasting.

Source: "ACLU Arts Censorship Project Newsletter", Winter 1994

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