New resource: LGBT Magazine Archive

The Library has added the LGBT Magazine Archive to our e-resources.

Trial includes the pre-eminent US and UK titles, The Advocate and Gay Times. More than six decades of the history and culture of the LGBT community. May contain explicit content. Coverage: 1954 - 2015

More about LGBT Magazine Archive

The LGBT Magazine Archive includes the backfiles of many of the leading, established, long-running periodicals of this type.

Coverage is from the first issue of each publication, with the earliest content dating from 1957 and end period for each title is 2015 (or the journal ceased date). Each issue is scanned from cover to cover in full colour.

Magazines of this type have been a crucial source of identification for many LGBT people; they chronicle the evolution of diverse aspects of LGBT history and culture, including law/politics/society, the arts, health, and, lifestyle.

Whilst this material will be indispensable for dedicated LGBT studies and broader gender/sexuality research, it will cater to interests in many related disciplines, including 20th-century history and culture, sociology, psychology, health, and literature/arts.

LGBT Magazine Archive also includes the principal UK titles, notably Gay News and its successor publication Gay Times. Launched in 1972 in the aftermath of the partial decriminalization of sex between men in 1967, Gay News became the primary vehicle for news of the growing liberation movement. In addition, it celebrated LGBT history and culture and reported new developments in the arts. After ceasing publication in 1983, Gay News was succeeded in 1984 by Gay Times, a monthly magazine which remains the oldest still-published UK LGBT serial. It has offered an eclectic mix of content, spanning news, interviews, features, style, and music / film; it is an exceptional resource, recording more than three decades of gay culture.

Other key publications include The Pink Paper (launched in 1987 and described by human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell as “a major source of news and information” that “was an invaluable forum for debate and helped […] co-ordinate campaigns against homophobia”), Man and Society (first published in 1961, the magazine of the pioneering reforming and counselling organization for sexual minorities, The Albany Trust), and Transgender Tapestry (the most widely-circulated ever serial devoted to transgender issues, launched in 1978).

They are accompanied by some more specialist magazines and newsletters aimed at communities more narrowly defined by movement/orientation (for example Albatross – radical feminism), geography (e.g. Gay Scotland), or demography (for example Just for Us – children and young adults with LGBT parents), shedding light on their specific experiences.

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