Published between April 1990 to March/April 1997, Preference was a Newcastle based magazine covering news, event listings, gossip and discussion. It was distributed at LGBTQ+ meeting places and a number of bookshops and newsagencies. The founding editor was Glenn Currie and those who worked to put out the newsletters were volunteers. Others involved were Philip Hodgetts and Greg Clarke who became editors from the April 1993 issue, and contributing editor Andrew Whitbread-Brown.
It was published more or less monthly with a print run of about 850 and survived only partly on advertising revenue, but mostly on donations of material, volunteer labour and facilities and financial top ups from the editors.
Six months after it ceased publication in 1997, the Hunter Branch of ACON began publishing a similar bi-monthly magazine, Out Now.
Local Studies at the Newcastle Library in Laman Street has a number of other issues from 1993 – 1994 and the Australian Lesbian and Gay Archives also has a selection of issues. If you can help build this online collection of Preferences and other local LGBTIQ publications, please contact the Hunter Rainbow History Group.