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Pioneering gay journalist Peter Burton dies, aged 66

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  1. Alex McKenna 9 Nov 2011, 11:24am

    Coincidentally, the day he died, a number of his old colleagues, including myself, were hoping to see Peter at the GT 400th party in Heaven. I will always have fond memories of our chats in the pub near the original GT office in Parkway.
    He worked on Jeremy magazine, which was really the first professional gay mag to hit the newsagents in 1970. It only lasted 9 or 10 issues, but paved the way for the next wave of mags, including my own little efforts, which were very cheap and cheerful next to the luxury and style of Jeremy.
    Peter was an important Pioneer in gay publishing..

  2. Joseph Galliano 9 Nov 2011, 12:12pm

    I for one would have loved to see him at the GT400 party – he really should have been there. As a former GT editor, I know just how important he was – i’m sad to learn of his passing.

  3. What’s going on with the picture of this guy?

  4. Michael Furniss 9 Nov 2011, 3:01pm

    Dear Peter – I hadn’t seen him for decades, despite living in the same (small) city. It is sad he died so young.

  5. Such a shame and not that old really :/ I wouldn’t concider 66 as old these days at all.

  6. TheLizzie12 10 Nov 2011, 1:21pm

    I worked with Peter for over two years as the film critic for Gay Times. He was a wonderfully supportive and encouraging arts editor. Shame I wasn’t invited to the GT 400th bash…happen I’ll have to pass on before I’m remembered! RIP Peter. A true hero of Brit gay journalism.

  7. J. Peter Bergman 18 Nov 2011, 1:22pm

    When I was the NY correspondent for Gay News Peter and I worked on several stories together, including a gay and lesbian guide to New York with Dolores Klaitch. He made the best Lamb Stew I ever ate (although the color was decidedly gray) and was always an amusing and deliciously evil friend. He’ll be missed.

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