by Patricia Delara
The GLBT Historical Society preserves a significant collection of LGBTQ magazines, newspapers, newsletters and zines, largely but not exclusively from Northern California — some 5,000 titles taking up approximately 450 linear feet of shelf space. A particular strength is periodicals reflecting the voices of LGBTQ people of color.
Among the long-running titles for which we hold complete or near-complete runs are Bridge (1980-2009), the newsletter of Black and White Men Together in the Bay Area; Lavender Godzilla (1988-2006), the newsletter of the Gay Asian Pacific Alliance (GAPA) in San Francisco; and Morena Newspaper(1988-1991), published by Women of Color Press/Empowering Our Communities in Berkeley.
African-American publications in our collection include Aché (1983-1989), “the Bay Area’s journal for Black lesbians,” and BLK:The National Black Lesbian and Gay Newsmagazine (1983-1989) . We also hold shorter runs or single issues of a number of Latinx LGBTQ newsletters such as Hombres Latinos (1999) and MariLES: El Sexo, las Locas y los Mayates/Magazine for Lesbian and Gay Latinos (1989).
Patricia Delarais the assistant archivist at the GLBT Historical Society. Reprinted from the December 2017 issue of History Happens, the monthly newsletter of the GLBT Historical Society. To subscribe to the newsletter, click here.