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Adam's Word

Adam's Word was a monthly newsletter of The Adam Society, a non-profit support group for female-to-male crossdressers, transsexuals, and their significant others. This collection contains 6 issues of the newsletter and 2 meeting notices. A typical Adam's Word publication includes information concerning transitioning, support groups, books with trans content (sometimes accompanied by a review), and various reflections from contributors regarding events and conferences they attended. Some pieces in the newsletter are reprinted from other publications such as The Tartan Skirt or The Seahorse Newsletter.

From Institution(s): Sexual Minorities Archives, Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives

Advice Columns

This collection consists of numerous advice columns written by Ann Landers and Abigail Van Buren. Although their primary focuses were not the LGBTQ+ community, Landers and Van Buren often gave advice on issues pertaining to crossdressers and crossdressing. Most frequently, requests were from those married to or parenting a crossdresser. This collection provides a look into the experiences of the loved ones of crossdressers.

From Institution(s): Human Sexuality Collection, Cornell University

AEGIS Publications

Between 1990 and 1998, the American Educational Gender Informational Service, Inc. published materials including medical bulletins, pamphlets, articles, and results from research. The topics covered in these publications include gender identity in a medical context, gender realignment surgery, hormone therapy, and health-related risks during and after transitioning. Included are 13 issues of AEGIS News, which was founded by Dallas Denny in October, 1990.

From Institution(s): Joseph A. Labadie Collection, University of Michigan, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University

Alison Laing's Early Photo Album No. 1

These thirty-six photos, taken from 1956 to 1965 by an unknown photographer (likely Dottie Laing), make up one of Alison Laing’s personal photo albums. These photographs capture her travels to various locations, as well as her attire for events. Alison Laing later became a founder of the Renaissance Transgender Association. She also served a term as director of the International Foundation for Gender Education (IFGE) and she directed Fantasia Fair for a number of years.

From Institution(s): Joseph A. Labadie Collection, University of Michigan

Alison Laing's Photographs

These photographs, primarily taken by unknown photographers with a few taken by Mariette Pathy Allen, document Alison Laing speaking, performing, and interacting with others at various events such as Fantasia Fairs and IFGE Houston. They feature a variety of trans activists, including Dottie Laing, Dallas Denny, Ariadne Kane, JoAnn Roberts, and Virginia Prince. This collection also includes professional portraits of Alison and Dottie Laing.

From Institution(s): Joseph A. Labadie Collection, University of Michigan

Alpha Zeta Newsletter

Alpha Zeta, an organization for heterosexual crossdressers, and its more inclusive sister group A Rose, published a series of newsletters during the late 1980s. These publications share information about local events in Arizona as well as national events for the trans community. They also feature poetry, photographs, and anecdotes about crossdressing, relationships, and travel.

From Institution(s): Joseph A. Labadie Collection, University of Michigan

Art and Illusion: A Guide to Crossdressing

This collection contains several books from 1986 through 2000 that were created by JoAnn Roberts and published by Creative Design Services. These books give advice for crossdressers on passing, including topics such as makeup, clothing, and feminine behavior. This collection also includes a poster advertising a Gala Celebration and Drag Show hosted by Walk on the Wildside to announce the release of one of JoAnn Roberts’ Art & Illusion books, as well as the release of Jackie Loren’s makeup video.

From Institution(s): Lili Elbe Archive, Transgender Archives, University of Victoria

Art Works

This collection contains various art pieces that depict scenes of historical gender diversity. Current holdings include "Dance to the Berdache" and "Il Femminiello," two pieces from vastly different contexts in the 18th and 19th centuries.

From Institution(s): Digital Transgender Archive, Yale University Libraries, Transas City, Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, JD Doyle Archives, Lili Elbe Archive