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Upstate New York Newsletters

Three organizations in upstate New York (Transegenderests Independence Club, Butterfly, and Expressing Our Nature) collaborated to create four newsletters for the trans and crossdressing communities between 1988 and 1989. In 1993, Expressing Our Nature published two newsletters on their own. These newsletters provide information on different events, share personal articles, and publish excerpts of books and news articles. Central themes include community support, self-acceptance, and feminine appearance.

From Institution(s): Joseph A. Labadie Collection, University of Michigan, M.E. Grenander Department of Special Collections & Archives, University at Albany, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University, Transgender Archives, University of Victoria, Human Sexuality Collection, Cornell University


This collection includes ten zines created and published by Vanguard from 1966-1967 and a retrospective zine created in 2011. Contributors to Vanguard were LGBTQ youth from the streets of the Tenderloin district in San Francisco. These zines contain poems, art, and articles that reflect the issues faced by poor LGBTQ youth at the time, covering topics such as police brutality, drug addiction, and economic discrimination. Vanguard served as a platform to foster community and organize demonstrations for civil rights. Later issues address the Vietnam War and encourage a movement for peace. This collection also includes an edition of Vanguard Magazine from 2011 that republishes original content with retrospectives by the authors and new contributors who share some of their experiences.

From Institution(s): GLBT Historical Society

Victor Lopez and Rudy Cardona Photograph Collection

Rudy Cardona owned Texas Crown Productions, which sponsored the Miss Corpus Christi American pageant and related pageants in Corpus Christi, Texas between 1990 and 1996. Victor Lopez was the co-creator of and photographer for the pageant. This collection is comprised of prints and negatives of events organized and held by Texas Crown Productions. These included the Miss Corpus Christi America, Miss Corpus Christi Metroplex, Miss Nueces County, Miss Texas Riviera, and Mr. Corpus Christi pageants. Also in the collection are photographs from Houston Pride parades from 1992 to 1994 and the Houston Baile (formal dance) of 1994.

From Institution(s): The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA)

Xpressions and Monarch Publications

Xpressions and Monarch, “a non-profit, non-discriminatory social and support club for transgendered people of all kinds,” published these newsletters and periodicals in Canada during the 1990s. They publicize social events and share news from around the world relating to the transgender community (which the organization defines as “crossdressers, transsexuals, transgenderists, and anything in-between”).

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

Your SOFFA Voice

Your SOFFA Voice is a newsletter published in the late 1990s by American Boyz. American Boyz was a support and social group for people who were born female but who feel that this is not a complete or accurate assessment of who they are. The group also included their significant others, friends, families, and allies (SOFFA). Although membership of the group included a wide range of people and identities, Your SOFFA Voice primarily focused on the FTM community.

From Institution(s): Louise Lawrence Transgender Archive


Zines are a form of privately produced and distributed magazines that have been popular among marginalized groups as a means of community-wide communication. In this collection are works such as those of self-proclaimed transvestite Rizzeria, as well as many first editions of serial zines. These works cover topics from identity politics and sexual liberation to the daily lives of queer-identified people. This collection illuminates some of the many intersectional challenges and victories of the LGBTQIA+ community.

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