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Bottom Line (Palm Springs, CA) Publications

Identifier: Tretter-82

Scope and Contents

To view a full listing of the Tretter Collection's holdings, please visit the UMN Library's Catalog record here: The Bottom Line, Tretter Holdings


  • Creation: 1996 - 2000

Conditions Governing Access

Open for use in the Elmer L. Andersen Library reading room.

Conditions Governing Use

This collection may be protected by the Copyright Law of the United States (Title 17, U.S. Code). It is the user's responsibility to verify copyright ownership and to obtain all necessary permissions prior to the reproduction, publication, or other use of any portion of these materials. Researchers may quote from the collection under the fair use provision of the copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

The Bottom Line was a gay nightlife magazine which began publication in 1978. The magazine was published in Palm Springs, California, and also referred to itself as "the magazine of the Desert Area gay & lesbian community." Although it reported primarily on local nightlife, it also covered political issues within the LGBT community, and included content such as a 2002 interview with then-Mayor William G. Kleindienst after he was accused of being anti-gay. The magazine was owned and edited by Jim Suguitan, and its business manager was prominent California entertainment journalist Bruce Fessier. It also contained a controversial political column from Crusader (formerly Andrew Exler), a gay activist who sucessfully sued Disneyland in 1980 after being kicked out for dancing with a male friend.


.25 Linear Feet (1 slim Hollinger box)

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This record represents the run of The Bottom Line held in the Tretter Collection. It is not a complete run but contains issues of the publication from 1996 up to 2000.

Bottom Line (Palm Springs, CA) Publications
Kristen Datta
January 2023
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Collecting Area Details

Contact The Jean Nickolaus Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies Collecting Area