Pansy Beat was a short-lived fanzine published by Michael Economy in New York City from 1989 through 1990, totaling five quarterly issues. Each issue’s fifty some black and white pages documented the exuberant downtown gay and drag club scene of that era and included one free condom. The zine offered a glimpse into an exhilarating, alternative universe during the darkest years of the AIDS crisis. Interviews profiled downtown personalities on the verge of global stardom, many still working more than 25 years later. Artists like Lady Bunny, Billy Erb, Connie Fleming, Kenny Kenny, Lady Miss Kier and Larry Tee first shared their memorable selves in print on the pages of Pansy Beat.