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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.



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.


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.


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.


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.