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These 71 issues of LadyLike Magazine were published between 1987 and 2007 by Creative Design Services. They feature profiles on crossdressers and transgender people, photographs contributed by readers, letters to the editor, film reviews, makeup and clothing tutorials, fictional short stories, and personal articles. These periodicals especially focus on qualities of femininity.

From Institution(s): Transgender Oral History Project

Les Amies de Place Blanche by Christer Strömholm

A small handful of the photos from Christer Strömholm's "Les Amies de Place Blanche" (1983) can be found in this collection. These photographs depict French transsexual women living in Paris in the 1960s. Many of these women were working in the Red Light District trying to raise money for various alterations. The original publication was published in Swedish and contains essays from Strömholm about his work.

From Institution(s): Transas City

Les Girls: Boys Will Be Girls

Les Girls: Boys Will Be Girls was a magazine that presented an "ongoing and factual account" of the underground world of female impersonators. It was published quarterly (beginning in 1980) and provided many photoshoots of well-known female impersonators as well as many informative articles about various experiences living as a trans person in the 1980s.

From Institution(s): Transgender Oral History Project, Lili Elbe Archive

Letters from Female Impersonators

This periodical, published by Nutrix Co. between 1961 and 1963, is comprised of photographs and letters written by female impersonators. Common themes throughout these letters include a desire for community and acceptance, a lack of access to medical treatment and legal rights, and personal experiences with crossdressing.

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

Lou Sullivan/Ben Power Correspondence

The Lou Sullivan/Ben Power Correspondence collection consists of 37 items, including letters, cards, envelopes, notes, and still-image photographs. This correspondence is between Lou Sullivan (influential FTM activist and founder of FTM International) and Ben Power (founder/facilitator of the East Coast FTM Group, curator of the Sexual Minorities Archives, and founder/executive director of the Sexual Minorities Educational Foundation, Inc.). In this powerful and intimate exchange, Sullivan and Power discuss relationships, gender identity, sexuality, and emotional advice/support.

From Institution(s): Sexual Minorities Archives

Lynn Edward Harris Photographs

The photographs in this collection depict moments in the personal life of Lynn Edward Harris (1950- ), a prominent intersex person known for his acting, lecturing, and later activism work. This collection, hosted by the ONE Archives at the University of Southern California Libraries, contains photos from throughout his life–from his childhood years when he was raised as a female, through his later years when he began living publicly as a male. These photographs cover various ages of Harris from 1954 through 2000, including four photographs from his childhood, two photographs from his early acting portfolio, and several pictures from his adult life.

From Institution(s): ONE Archives at the USC Libraries