African American Lesbian and Gay Print Culture Collection
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African American Lesbian and Gay Print Culture Collection

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Auburn Avenue Research Library
Title: African American Lesbian and Gay Print Culture Collection
Dates: 1989-2010
Quantity: 5.6 Linear feet
Identification: aarl98-008

Biographical/Historical Note

The African American Lesbian and Gay Print Culture Collection is an intentionally assembled collection of print forms and media about African American lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender cultural and social formations in the United States. The collection began in 1998 with a donation from Charlene Cothran, who founded Venus magazine, first published in 1995 (Atlanta, Georgia). At the time, Venus magazine was by, for, and about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people of African descent, with a focus on African American lesbians and Atlanta. In 2006, after a public and controversial evangelical religious conversion, Cothran changed editorial direction of the magazine. However, the Auburn Avenue Research Library will enhance and strengthen the collection as it was initially conceived


Scope and Content Note

The African American Lesbian and Gay Print Culture Collection, 1989-2010, documents African American lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender cultural and social formations in the United States through a variety of print forms and media, including advertisements, articles, broadsides, catalogs, ephemera, guides, invitations, journals, leaflets, letters, magazines, newsletters, newspapers, and programs. Scattered issues of magazines and newsletters, bulking 1989-2010, comprise the largest portion of the collection, which is local and national in scope, encompassing communities, personalities, and events in Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C.

Of particular note, the early issues of Venus document a variety of Atlanta-based social groups and organizations among them the African American Lesbian Gay Alliance (AALGA), Black Lesbian and Gay Pride, Inc. (BLGP Inc.), Black and White Men Together, Brothers Back-2-Back, Inc., Hospitality Atlanta, Second Sunday Discussion Group, Sisters of 30 Something Special, Sister Love Inc., and ZAMI. Also included is information about popular gathering places, including Pearl Garden, Marquette Lounge, Loretta’s, and Traxx. Among the magazine’s features are announcements, calendars of local and national events, fiction, and articles about Black Gay Pride, health, HIV/AIDS, racial and sexual discrimination, relationships and spirituality. These subjects also are addressed across the other print forms and media.


Arrangement

Series are arranged alphabetically by format. Materials are arranged within series chronologically.

Series I: Advertisements (1997)

Series II: Articles (1997-2009)

Series III: Broadsides (1995-1998)

Series IV: Calendars (1996-2005)

Series V: Catalogs (1998, undated)

Series VI: Directories (1990-1996)

Series VII: Ephemera (1995-1996)

Series VIII: Guides (1996-2005)

Series IX: Invitations (1998)

Series X: Journals (1996-1998)

Series XI: Leaflets (circa 1996)

Series XII: Letters (1998)

Series XIII: Magazines (1989-2010)

Series XIV: Newsletters (1997-1998)

Series XV: Newspapers (1993-2009)

Series XVI: Programs (1993-2006)


Index Terms

African American gay men
African American gay men--Social life and customs--20th century
African American lesbians
African American lesbians--Social life and customs--20th century
Gay men in art
Gay newspapers
Gay press
Gay press publications
Gays' writings
Lesbians in art

Administrative Information

Provenance

The collection began in 1998 through a donation from Charlene Cothran.

Processing Information

Processed by Chenault, Wesley. Year Finding Completed 2009. Revised 2010, 2011.


Restrictions

Restrictions on Use

There are no restrictions on research use of this collection.


Container List

 

Series I: Advertisements, 1997

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11The Balm In Gilead, BlackOut Productions, 1997
 

Series II: Articles, 1997-2009

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12"Black, Gay, and Proud," by Craig G. Harris, 1997
3"AIDS Rises in Men of Color," Etcetera, 2000 Jan 28
4"Loud & Proud," by Miki Turner, Black Voices Quarterly, 2003
5"Team Player," by Joel Hoekstra, Experience, 2005 Sept
6"I Don't Want to Feel Like I Can't Be Who I Am," People, 2005 Nov 7
7"Gay Sex in Kenya," by Dan Allen, Guide, 2009 Mar.
 

Series III: Broadsides, 1995-1998

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18Black Lesbian and Gay Pride, ONE/NOSOTROS, workshop for brothers in the life, 1995-1998
 

Series IV: Calendars, 1996-2005

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19"Lavender Listings"(Washington, DC), 1996 Mar 1- Apr 14

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OV11GBM "Zodiac", Ebony Soul, Xtreme Atlanta "Men at Work", 1999-2005
 

Series V: Catalogs, 1998

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110Poster Hut Clothing, undated
11SISTAGRAPHY, 1998
 

Series VI: Directories, 1990-1996

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112Atlanta African American Gay and Lesbian Community Directory, 1996
13Atlanta Community Directory, 1990
14Southeast Lesbian and Gay Business Expo, 5th Annual Community Resource Directory, 1993
 

Series VII: Ephemera, 1995

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OV12Atlanta Queer Literary Festival "Traveling Home" poster by Staceyann Chin, 2009
2National Black Lesbian and Gay Conference, "Embracing Ourselves, Empowering Our Communities" tote bag, 1998

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115PlanetOut, Venus magazine, 1995-1996
 

Series VIII: Guides, 1996-1999

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116"Atlanta Black Gay Pride" guide, 2004 Sept 1-6
17Atlanta Pride Celebration, "People of the World: Listen, Think, Act", 1996
18Atlanta Pride Celebration, "Unity Through Diversity", 1998
19The Balm in Gilead, "Healthy Living”", 1999
20"Black Pride Resource Guide" (Washington, DC), 2005
21Chicago Black Lesbians and Gays, "Renaissance and Renewal: Celebrating Ourselves," guide to the Fourth Annual Unity Conference and the Fifth Anniversary, 1998
22OutCharlotte guides (North Carolina), 1999-2000
23"Summer in the City" (Atlanta, Ga.), 1999
24Unity Fellowship Church, "Second Annual Lesbian and Gay People of Faith: Unity in Community Week," guide by the Unity Fellowship Church, 1998
 

Series IX: Invitations, 1998

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125"Bopi's Black Sheep,", 1998
25"Stompin' with MOMS & Friends"
 

Series X: Journals, 1996-1998

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126 Amethyst (Atlanta, Ga.), 1996
27 Lambda Book Report (vol. 6, no. 9), 1998
28 NewsWatch (Summer issue), 1998
 

Series XI: Leaflets, circa 1996

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129ZAMI, circa 1996
 

Series XII: Letters, 1998

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130letters to unknown from Kevin Bynes, 1998
30letters to to Craig Washington from Earl D. Fowlkes
30letters to to Charlene Cothran from Candace Watanabe
 

Series XIII: Magazines, 1989-2010

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131 Anything That Moves (San Francisco, Calif.), 1998
32 Arise (Oakland, Calif.), 2000

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21-4 Arise (Oakland, Calif.), 2001-2003
5 Atlanta Noble (Atlanta, Ga.), 2003
6 B & G (New York, NY), 1990, 1992
7 BLK (Los Angeles, Calif.), 1989-1992

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31 Black Lavender (Detroit, Mich.), 1998
2-6 BLACKlines (Lambda Publications (Chicago, Ill.)), 1997-2002
7 Blackout (People of Color in Crisis (New York, NY)), 2003
8 Bleu (New York, NY), 2006
9 Breakthrough (Prairie Fire Organizing Committee (San Francisco, Calif.)), 1993
10-12 Clikque (In the Life Atlanta (Atlanta, Ga.)), 1998-2000

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41-6 Clikque (In the Life Atlanta (Atlanta, Ga.)), 2001-2008
7 Color Life! (Cairos Collective (Ansonia Station, NY)), 1992
8 Colours, 1997-1998
9-12 David Atlanta (Atlanta, Ga.), 2001-2004

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51-5 David Atlanta (Atlanta, Ga.), 2005-2009
6-7 Etcetera (Atlanta, Ga.), 1989-2000
8 Family & Friends (Memphis, Tenn.), 2002-2003
9 Fe* Mail (Washington, DC), 1996-1997
10 Friends (Atlanta, Ga.), 1992-1993

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61 Flava Life (Miami, Fla.), 2007
2 Girls in the Night News (Atlanta, Ga.), 1996
3 Labrys Atlanta (Atlanta, Ga.), 2005
4 Los Angeles Girl Guide, 1998
5 Hero (Los Angeles, Calif.), 2000
6 HX (Two Queens, Inc. (New York, NY)), 1998-2004
7 JAMAA! (African-American Lesbian and Gay Alliance, (Houston, Tex.)), 1997
8 Just Living Atlanta (Atlanta, Ga.), 2006
9 The Malebox (Washington, DC), 1997
10 Noir (Atlanta, Ga.), 1998
11 Out in Black (Raleigh, NC), 1998
12 Playbill (New York, NY), 1997
13 Pulse (New York, NY), 2007
14 Quarterly Interchange (San Francisco, Calif.), 1990
15 Real (Washington, DC), 1998

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OV13 SBC (Los Angeles, Calif.), 1996-1997

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616-18 SBC (Los Angeles, Calif.), 1997-2000

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71 Sequoia (Mojaveans, Inc. (Decatur, Ga.)), 2002
2 The Spirit (Cupertino, Calif.), 1997-1998
3 Swerv (Washington, DC), 2008-2010
4 The Underground Station (Dallas, Tex.), 1997
5 Urban Socialites (Atlanta, Ga.), 2009
6-9 Venus (Atlanta, Ga.), 1995-1996 Apr.

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81-9 Venus (Atlanta, Ga.), 1996 May-2003

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91 Venus (Atlanta, Ga.), 2004

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OV14 Whazzup! Magazine (Oakland, Calif.), 1997

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92 Women in the Life (Washington, DC), 1998
 

Series XIV: Newsletters, 1997-1998

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93 2nd Read (Second Sunday (Atlanta, Ga.), 1999
4 Between Brothers (South Carolina African American HIV/AIDS Council), 2030
5 Black Dates (Los Angeles, Calif.), 1998
6 Black Java News (Chicago Black Lesbians and Gays (Chicago, Ill.)), 1997
7 BWMT/Atlanta (Black and White Men Together (Atlanta, Ga.)), 1993
8 Brother to Brother (Southern African-American Men's CBA Project (Jackson, Miss.)), 2003
9 Equality (Human Rights Campaign (Washington, DC)), 2003
10 GLBTAA Voice (San Francisco, Calif.), 1997
11 GMAD Newsletter (Gay Men of African American Descent (New York, NY)), 1998
12 GMoBupdate (Gay Men of the Bronx (New York, NY)), 1998
13 The Lambda Update (Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund (New York, NY)), 1998
14 The Lavender Lamp (National Lesbian and Gay Nurses Association (New York, NY)), 1998
15 The Right Angle (New York, NY), 1998
16 The Source (Brothers United Nashville (Nashville, Tenn.)), 2002-2009
 

Series XV: Newspapers, 1993-2009

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OV15 Creative Loafing (Atlanta, Ga.), 1993
6 The New York Blade News (New York, NY), 1997-1998
7 Outlines (Chicago, Ill.), 1995
8 Q Notes (Charlotte, NC), 2005
9 The Southern Voice (Atlanta, Ga.), 1993, 2007-2009

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917 The Southern Voice (Atlanta, Ga.), "Hotlanta 100: The Best of Gay Atlanta", 2001

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OV110 Windy City Times (Chicago, Ill.), 1997
 

Series XIV: Programs, 1993-1998

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918Atlanta Lesbian and Gay Pride, "It's Time to Tell America!" official commemorative program, 1993
19Bopi's Black Sheep, "What a Beauty/head of lettuce", 1998
20Human Rights Campaign Fund programs, 1993-1994
21Lavender Light, "Lifted", 1998
22The National Association of Black Journalists Awards, 1997
23National Black Lesbian and Gay Conference, "Embracing Ourselves", 1998
24Performance Art Chorale, "The PAC's Greatest Hits", 1998
25Portland Pride Celebration, "Get Your Pride On!", 2006