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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
 

Vanguard

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 re-publishes 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 created and organized the Miss Corpus Christi America and related pageants in Corpus Chisti, Texas between the years of 1990 and 1996. Victor Lopez was the co-creator of and photographer for the pageant.The collection is comprised of prints and negatives of events organized and held by Texas Crown Productions between the years of 1990-1996. 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, 1992-1994 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, any anything in-between”).

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

Zines

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