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East Coast FTM Group Organizational Records

The East Coast FTM Group was a support group for FtMs––including transsexuals, crossdressers, and transgender people––and their partners that ran continuously from 1992 to 2015. The collection includes serial publications concerning the group meetings, posters, press releases, and organization directories. The collection also contains correspondence between Bet Power and various other figures related to the East Coast FTM group. Also featured are photographs for Leslie Feinberg's book Transgender Warriors.

From Institution(s): Sexual Minorities Archives
 

En Femme Publications

This collection contains 29 En Femme publications, including 25 issues of En Femme Magazine, two En Femme Comics, one En Femme Fiction Magazine, and the Crossdresser's Movie Guide from the years 1987 through 1991. These publications pertain to topics such as crossdressing, transgender culture, gender identity and civil rights. These periodicals contain comic strips, letters to the editor, fictional stories, film reviews, interviews, and photographs.

From Institution(s): Joseph A. Labadie Collection, University of Michigan, Transgender Oral History Project
 

Ephemera

A wide array of objects are housed in this collection of ephemera. From postcards to matchboxes, these objects are written or printed memorabilia intended for short-term use. Clubs such as “The Carroll Revue,” “The Paddock International,” and “Club My O My” are old familiars within other collections. Some might recognize performers such as Harvey Lee and Francis Renault from other materials in our archive as well. Make sure to always check back for new materials as this collection is sure to continue to grow!

From Institution(s): Cork LGBT Archive, JD Doyle Archives, Transas City, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
 

Erickson Educational Foundation Publications

This collection contains twenty newsletters and fourteen pamphlets published by the Erickson Educational Foundation (EEF) between 1965 and 1983. The EEF was founded in 1964 by Reed Erickson to provide funding and support for research on transsexualism. Among the many organizations funded by the EEF were the Harry Benjamin Foundation and the Johns Hopkins Gender Identity Clinic, both of which appear in numerous articles in the newsletters. Overall, the newsletters and pamphlets in this collection cover a wide variety of topics pertaining to the trans community, especially with regards to legal decisions in American courts, psychological research, and conferences on gender issues.

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

Fanfare

The Fanfare magazine collection contains sixteen issues ranging from 1986 to 1988 published in South Africa by The Phoenix Society. The subject matter includes self-acceptance, familial and romantic relationships, transitioning, physical appearance, and gender roles. These subjects are portrayed in personal stories, letters to the editor, the reprinting of news articles from around the world, poetry, and art.

From Institution(s): Gay & Lesbian Memory in Action (GALA)
 

Fantasia Fair: Advertisements

Fantasia Fair is a convention for crossdressers held annually in Provincetown, Massachusetts since 1974. This collection contains advertisements for the fairs, brochures containing registration information and event descriptions, one order form for video cassettes from Fantasia Fair programming, and general announcements from 1976-1997. These printed materials give potential participants an overview of workshops, speakers, and leisure activities at the Fair.

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

Fantasia Fair: Miscellaneous Documents

Founded in 1975 by Ariadne Kane, Fantasia Fair is an annual week-long conference in Provincetown, MA, to explore issues relevant to the trans community. This collection encompasses the various miscellaneous documents from the overarching Fantasia Fair Collection, including materials such as tickets for the various Fantasia Fair events, documents from the 25th Anniversary Alumnae Program, advertisements from non-Fan Fair entities, and three Participant Profiles, to highlight a few.

From Institution(s): Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, Joseph A. Labadie Collection, University of Michigan, Transgender Archives, University of Victoria, Human Sexuality Collection, Cornell University
 

Fantasia Fair: Newsletters

Beginning in 1975 as an annual week-long conference in Provincetown, MA, Fantasia Fair served as a way for male crossdressers to explore the many changing facets of the crossgender lifestyle. This collection contains runs of FanFair Gazette (1991), Femme Fare (1970s-1980s), and FanFair Newsletters (1996). Generally, the newsletters were distributed each day of the fair and cover daily scheduling, information regarding future fair events and seminars, as well as short articles.

From Institution(s): Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, Digital Transgender Archive, Joseph A. Labadie Collection, University of Michigan, Transgender Archives, University of Victoria, Human Sexuality Collection, Cornell University
 

Fantasia Fair: Photographs

These photographs were taken at Fantasia Fair, an annual week-long conference in Provincetown, MA, where participants spend a week exploring issues relevant to the trans community. This collection includes photographs from three decades, 1970-1990.

From Institution(s): Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
 

Fantasia Fair: Programs, Participant Guides, and Directories

Fantasia Fair is an annual event in Provincetown, Massachusetts that involves workshops, seminars, and entertainment for the crossdresser community. Within this collection there are 13 program guides, 4 directories, 13 participants’ guides, and 6 yearbooks from the Fantasia Fairs dating from October 1977 to 2001. These items provide schedules and photographs, as well as information on passing techniques, feminine beauty standards, and relationships.

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

Female Mimics

These 20 issues of Female Mimics were published between 1963 and 1979. They feature photographs and profiles of “female impersonators.” Read more about the history and significance of Female Mimics Magazine in an article by Bob Davis and Carol Kleinmaier in a 1995 "Ssshhh!: The Newsletter of the National Transgender Library & Archive" newsletter: https://www.digitaltransgenderarchive.net/files/41687h474

From Institution(s): Transgender Oral History Project, Lili Elbe Archive, The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA)
 

Female Mimics International

Published between 1980 and 1999, these 110 issues of Female Mimics International feature photographs of famous drag queens, coverage of prominent events in the trans community, letters to the editor, personal ads, and fictional stories.

From Institution(s): Transgender Oral History Project
 

Fiction

The creation of fictional stories is an important part of the trans community throughout history because of the lack of trans representation across all mediums. This collection includes stories from the 1970s and 1980s which feature main characters from across the gender spectrum.

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

Gender Euphoria

Gender Euphoria, digitized here from 1987 to 1999, was a newsletter for the Boulton and Park Society. The group was formed in 1986 in San Antonio, Texas and included prominent members Cynthia and Linda Phillips. The newsletters cover many different aspects of the trans community including crossdressing, gender identity, family relationships, and local events.

From Institution(s): Joseph A. Labadie Collection, University of Michigan, The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA)
 

Gender Quest

Gender Quest is the quarterly publication of Kindred Spirits. These eight newsletters, published between 1998 and 2000, cover topics of spirituality, alternative medicine, indigenous cultures, and gender diversity.

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

Gender Review: The FACTual Newsletter

Starting with the first issue in June 1978, Gender Review: The FACTual Newsletter was the official publication for FACT, the Foundation for the Advancement of Canadian Transsexuals. Trans activist Rupert Raj started the Gender Review for trans men and women and also cross-dressers. Articles covered a variety of topics and current events within the Canadian transsexual scene. The Gender Review sought equally to inform its readers of the community at large as well as offer resources for transsexual people in their everyday lives.

From Institution(s): Joseph A. Labadie Collection, University of Michigan, Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives
 

GenderFlex: A Polygenderous Publication

This collection contains 8 issues of the publication, GenderFlex. GenderFlex is a quirky publication revolving around the informally-written and oftentimes political musings of the editor Billie Jean Jones concerning trans-related current events and community cultures in the 1990s. GenderFlex often deals with the differences and interactions between TV’s, CD’s, and TS’s and the complexities surrounding the early emergence of the term “transgender.” GenderFlex also includes various pieces from its contributors writing about specific elements of the trans experience in the 90s and their own personal reflections.

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

GenderServe

These six publications of GenderServe, published by the Canadian “counseling, education, and research service” of the same name, are newsletters intended to provide information about and for the trans community. These newsletters include short bulletins on recent significant publications and upcoming events pertaining to the trans community, articles about the GenderServe, Gender Review, and FACT organizations and their reorganization.

From Institution(s): Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives
 

gendertrash: Transsexual Zine, 1993-1995

From the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives site: In the early 1990s Mirha-Soleil Ross and Xanthra Phillippa MacKay formed a publishing company called genderpress. Between 1993 and 1995 they produced four zines entitled gendertrash from hell.1 The first issue of gendertrash includes a mission statement: "gendertrash is devoted to the issues & concerns of transsexuals. gendertrash also welcomes input from gender positive genetics. in addition to issues of gender hate & oppression, gendertrash is equally opposed to any other forms of systematic oppression by those who are in positions of power." The zines are an assemblage of articles, poetry, interviews and visual art, curated by Ross and MacKay. Original paste-ups and promotional materials for gendertrash are also held in the archive, and they help to demonstrate the zine’s intended audience.

From Institution(s): Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives
 

GLBT Historical Society Oral Histories Transcripts

This collection contains transcripts of oral histories published by the GLBT Historical Society that were created between 1994 and 2004. The people interviewed reflect upon their personal experiences during the twentieth century, as well as specific organizations and events that they viewed as important within the gay and trans communities. Common themes throughout these transcripts include health care, interactions with police, nightlife, sexuality and identity, poverty, civil rights movements, and religion.

From Institution(s): GLBT Historical Society
 

Grace and Lace Letter

Grace and Lace Letter was "an evangelical Christian publication for crossdressers, transgendered, and transsexuals" published in Jackson, Mississippi. This collection contains 2 quarterly international newsletters, a retrospective newsletter, and a brochure from the 1990s. These objects cover issues of religious acceptance and self-acceptance, and relate bible verses to personal experiences of crossdressing and trans-ing gender.

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

Hermaphrodites with Attitude

This collection contains 13 issues of Hermaphrodites with Attitude, the newsletter of the Intersex Society of North America (ISNA). Hermaphrodites with Attitude was published semi-periodically from 1995-2005 and eventually began to refer to itself as ISNA News in 2001. The mission of the newsletter and ISNA more generally was to build "a world free of shame, secrecy, and unwanted genital surgeries for people born with atypical sex anatomies." This collection explores issues surrounding surgical normalization, gender assignment, biological diversity, and autonomy.

From Institution(s): Digital Transgender Archive
 

In Your Face

These 5 newsletters, titled “In Your Face: Political Activism Against Gender Oppression,” were published as inserts in magazines between 1995 and 1997. They highlight acts of anti-trans discrimination and violence around the United States and the world, and provide information about protests, lobbying efforts, and other political action in response to this discrimination.

From Institution(s): Digital Transgender Archive
 

Informational and Event Brochures

This diverse collection includes provides information about many different trans-related topics, including activist and social organizations. The collection also provides brochures and registration forms for various trans-related events held between 1988 and 1999.

From Institution(s): Joseph A. Labadie Collection, University of Michigan, Transgender Oral History Project, Lili Elbe Archive, Human Sexuality Collection, Cornell University, Transas City, Transgender Archives, University of Victoria, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
 

International Conference on Transgender Law and Employment Policy: Annual Proceedings and Newsletters

Trans activist Phyllis Randolph Frye created and hosted the annual International Conference on Transgender Law and Employment Policy (ICTLEP) in Houston, Texas between 1992 and 1997. Frye writes: "ICTLEP has held six annual conferences...dealing with issues of transgender law and employment policy. Each year (except year six) many of the reports and presentations are transcribed by court reporters and are published along with other relevant documents to become that year’s printed and bound Proceedings book. These are "THE" REFERENCE BOOKS to begin serious study of transgender legal issues and of progressive strategies for legal changes!" This collection contains 118 objects (legal articles, court cases, and transcribed speeches) from the conferences’ Proceedings books, three objects describing the history of ICTLEP and the contents of the books, and two ICTLEP newsletters. These materials address trans people’s legal rights in terms of health care, marriage, imprisonment, military service, housing, and employment. Many discuss empowerment through coming out, and through activist participation in the transgender movement. Read more about the history of ICTLEP: https://www.digitaltransgenderarchive.net/files/wd375w32h

From Institution(s): Digital Transgender Archive
 

International Foundation for Gender Education Publications and Documents

The newsletters, transcripts, and catalog in this collection were published by the International Foundation for Gender Education between 1987 and 1997. “I.F.G.E. publications are designed to be a source of information, support, and friendship for all persons interested in crossdressing and transsexualism, and to persons affected by those phenomenon.” Other miscellaneous items were part of Alison Laing's personal collection of I.F.G.E.-related documents.

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

International TranScript

This small International TranScript collection includes five periodicals published by Creative Design Services from 1991 through 1992. The publication's articles discuss experiences of crossdressers along with tips for passing and being politically active. This collection covers a variety of geographical locations including New York, California, and Canada.

From Institution(s): Transgender Oral History Project, Transgender Archives, University of Victoria
 

James Gardiner 20th Century Drag Postcards

This extensive collection of postcards is house in the Wellcome Library in London, UK. The postcards were originally collected by social historian James Gardiner and depict an array of drag experiences throughout the twentieth century. The earliest postcards capture moments of military and navy soldiers and prisoners of war during WWI. Later photographs, like those from the 1960s, portray familiar scenes from bars like Club 82, a prominent drag bar in New York at the time.

From Institution(s): Wellcome Library
 

JD Doyle Photographs (1900-1949)

The JD Doyle Photograph Collection contains a wide variety of photographs collected from across the JD Doyle Archives and spans over 100 years between the 19th and 20th centuries.

From Institution(s): JD Doyle Archives
 

JD Doyle Photographs (1950-2000)

The JD Doyle Photograph Collection contains a wide variety of photographs collected from across the JD Doyle Archives and spans over 100 years between the 19th and 20th centuries.

From Institution(s): JD Doyle Archives
 

JD Doyle Photographs (Pre-1900)

The JD Doyle Photograph Collection contains a wide variety of photographs collected from across the JD Doyle Archives and spans over 100 years between the 19th and 20th centuries.

From Institution(s): JD Doyle Archives
 

José Gutierrez Collection

These eight photographs provide a unique glimpse into the Latino trans and crossdressing communities in the 1990s. Six of the photographs were created by José Gutierrez and present people in various Latino drag competitions including Miss Gay Mexico and Miss Gay Escalando. The other two photos depict Gutierrez; in one, Gutierrez poses with Sylvia Rivera at a Stonewall Riots anniversary and, in the other, Gutierrez poses with a photo of José Sarria.

From Institution(s): Latino GLBT History Project