30 November 2018
We've organised a trial to this significant archive relating to LGBT history and culture

The LGBT Magazine Archive can be accessed until the end of December via ProQuest

The archive when complete will comprise the back-files of 26 titles, from the very first issue through to 2015. The archive chronicles six decades of the history and culture of LGBT communities, yet it also has interdisciplinary appeal serving disciplines such as sociology, political science, history, literature and cultural studies. Publications have been digitised in full colour with article-level indexing and includes titles such as The Advocate, The Pink Paper and Gay Times.

Some of the titles in the Archive include: 

  • The Advocate

The Advocate is the periodical of record for information about the LGBT community. The oldest surviving continuously published US title of its type, having launched in 1967; it has charted the history and culture of the LGBT community for over 50 years. As one of very few LGBT titles to pre-date the 1969 Stonewall riots, it spans the history of the gay rights movement.

Launched as a local newsletter, it soon evolved into a biweekly news magazine covering events of interest to the LGBT community and gay rights campaigns, along with arts and culture. It has been noted for its coming-out interviews with high-profile gay figures such as George Michael, Gore Vidal, and Ellen DeGeneres.

  • Gay Times and Gay News

Gay News launched in 1972 in the aftermath of the partial decriminalisation of sex between men in 1967 and became the primary vehicle for news of the growing liberation movement. It also played a key campaigning role, arguing for legal reform in response to matters such as the disparity between the age of consent for homosexuals and for heterosexuals, the hostility of the church, and the medical profession’s pathologization of homosexuality. It also led pioneering campaigns for equal employment rights. In addition, it celebrated LGBT history and culture, while reporting 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 for charting more than three decades of gay culture.

  • Others

Other key publications include The Pink Paper (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”), Arcadie (launched in 1957 and the leading French homosexual of its age, contributed to by, among others, Jean Cocteau), 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).

Feedback is welcomed on the trial and can be sent to Faculty Librarian Caroline Gibson via academicliaison@lancaster.ac.uk

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