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Searchable archive of major periodicals devoted to LGBT+ interests, dating from the 1950s through to recent years
Trace the history and evolution of myriad aspects of LGBT history and culture, including legal contexts, health, lifestyle, politics, social attitudes, activism, gay rights, and arts/literature
Provide access to back files not typically been collected by libraries

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Overview

The archives of 26 leading but previously hard-to-find magazines are included in LGBT Magazine Archive, including many of the longest-running, most influential publications of this type. Crucially, the complete backfile of The Advocate is made available digitally for the first time. The oldest surviving continuously published US title of its type (having launched in 1967), it is the periodical of record for information about the LGBT community; it has charted the key developments in LGBT history and culture for over 50 years. As one of the very few LGBT titles to pre-date the 1969 Stonewall riots, it spans the history of the gay rights movement. LGBT Magazine Archive also includes the principal UK titles, notably Gay News and its successor publication Gay Times.

Collections not typically collected by libraries

The archives of 26 leading but previously hard-to-find magazines are included in LGBT Magazine Archive, including many of the longest-running, most influential publications of this type.

Periodicals of record

The Advocate is made available digitally for the first time. The oldest surviving continuously published US title of its type (having launched in 1967), it is the periodical of record for information about the LGBT community, and spans the history of the gay rights movement. LGBT Magazine Archive also includes the principal UK titles, notably Gay News and its successor publication Gay Times.

Catalysts of change

In the aftermath of the partial decriminalisation of sex between men in 1967, Gay News became the primary vehicle for news of the growing liberation movement. It also played a key campaigning role, arguing for legal reform in response to matters such as the disparity between the age of consent for homosexuals and for heterosexuals, the hostility of the church, and the medical profession’s pathologization of homosexuality, while also leading pioneering campaigns for equal employment rights.

Key topics discussed

Gay Times, a monthly magazine which remains the oldest still-published UK LGBT serial. It has offered an eclectic mix of content, spanning news, interviews, features, style, and music / film; it is an exceptional resource, charting more than three decades of gay culture. Other topics discussed in the pages of some of the other collection titles include: campaigns against homophobia, reforming and counselling for sexual minorities, transgender issues, radical feminism, children and young adults with LGBT parents, and more

Multidisciplinary applications

LGBT Magazine archive will cater to interests in many related fields, such as 20th-century history, sociology, health studies, political science, and psychology.

Modern research experience

This collection can be found on the powerful, newly enhanced ProQuest platform. Issues are digitized from cover to cover in full color, ensuring that valuable non-article items, such as advertisements, are included. Article-level indexing permits efficient searching and navigation of this content*.
*It is our policy to include each issue from the first through to 2015 and to scan from cover to cover. Due to the rarity of some of the original print volumes, however, there are small gaps (issues or pages) in the runs of some publications.

Subject coverage

Activism, Bisexuality, Gay literature / art, Gay rights movement, Gender identity, Gender studies, Health, Homosexuality, Lesbianism, LGBT studies, Politics and public policy, Social history, Transgender community

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