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Amethyst, Volume 14, Issues 1-5, January/February - August, 2001

 File — Box: 5, Folder: 22

Scope and Contents

From the Series:

This series includes issues of the newsletter published by the gay rights group "Save Your Own Life" (S.Y.O.L.), a grassroots LGBTQ+ organization founded by Patrick McHugh, John Hollister, and Paul Staple. S.Y.O.L. operated in Binghamton, New York from 1988 until the early 2000s, when it transitioned into the Binghamton Area Rainbow Coalition (BARA), and then into the Binghamton Pride Coalition.

The newsletter, first published as "S.Y.O.L. Newsletter," was started as a "volunteer-published bulletin for gay people of the Greater Binghamton area as the house organ for S.Y.O.L., the newly formed group which is providing the forum for all gay people to use to help better our lives." The title was changed to "Ga Zette" (sometimes printed as "GaZette" or "Gazette") in August, 1989, and then to "Amethyst" in July/August, 1989. Subtitles varied, but included "A Newsletter for the Gay Southern Tier" (August, 1988 - June, 1989); "The Gay Paper" (July - September, 1991); "The Gay, Lesbian, and Bi Paper" (October, 1991 - August/September, 1997); "The Un-Heterosexual Paper" (October, 1997 - October, 1998); and "The paper for alternative lifestyles" (December, 1998/January, 1999 - June, 1999).

This represents a complete set of the newsletter, with two issues excepted: Volume 5, Issue 2 (February, 1992) and Volume 11, Issue 8 (November, 1998). If you have copies of these issues, please contact


  • Other: January/February - August, 2001


From the Collection: 6 Linear Feet

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English

Repository Details

Part of the Binghamton University Libraries Special Collections Repository

Binghamton NY 13902 USA