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Diseased Pariah News (DPN) Zine Publications

Identifier: Tretter-102

Scope and Contents

To view a full listing of the Tretter Collection's holdings, please visit the UMN Library's Catalog record here: Diseased Pariah News, Tretter Holdings


  • 1990 - 1999

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

Diseased Pariah News (DPN) was a zine for people with AIDS published in San Francisco, CA from 1990 to 1999. It was originally created and edited by Beowulf Thorne and Tom Shearer. However, Shearer passed away in 1991 while putting together the second issue and Thorne passed away in 1999. Tom Ace joined the editing team in 1991 and continued to run the zine in their stead. The zine was unique in its dark humor take on the AIDS epidemic, which included comics such as "AIDS Barbie" and "Darn! One of Our Editors Is Dead!" In an interview with Vice, Ace describes the zine as "A combination of Spy and Good Housekeeping, for the HIV set," as the zine also included health tips along with its comics.


.25 Linear Feet (1 half Hollinger box)

Language of Materials



This record represents the complete run of Diseased Pariah News (DPN) held in the Tretter Collection from 1990 to 1999.

Diseased Pariah News (DPN) Zine Publications
Kristen Datta
January 2023
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Collecting Area Details

Contact The Jean Nickolaus Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies Collecting Area