The magazine was first published on November 1, 1971 by an informal collective. The collective was incorporated as Pink Triangle Press in 1975.
The Body Politic was sometimes controversial. It was charged with publishing obscene material twice, in 1977 for Hannon's article "Men Loving Boys Loving Men", and in 1982 for "Lust with a Very Proper Stranger", an article on fisting. The magazine was acquitted in both trials. Materials seized by police in the Hannon trial were not returned to the magazine until 1985.
The magazine ceased publication in 1987, following PTP's launch of the tabloid Xtra! in 1984.
The magazine also created the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives in 1973.
- Detailed book on the history of The Body Politic (online book)
- The Body Politic at the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives
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