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Loose material: Routledge catalogue of gender and women’s studies books (1995), LESPOP bust card, various press cuttings, photographs, and prints. An item-level list is available for this file.

Box also contains files CLCBLG 8/15 - 8/21.

Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group

Black lesbian and anti-racist campaigns

Material relating to Black lesbian activism, feminist, queer, anti-racist campaigns, and global solidarity campaigns.

This material comes from a broad range of organisations, collectives and campaigns including: A Woman’s Place; London Boroughs Grants Committee; Migrant Services Unit; Camden Black Sisters; Lesbian Information Network; the Other Production Company; International Black Women for Wages for Housework; InterNations Black Lesbian & Gay Pride Committee; Anti-Apartheid Movement; SWAPO Women’s Solidarity Campaign; Namibia Support Committee; Zami Black Lesbian Conference; Ethnic Dance Festival ’87; Black Women in the Arts; Black Lesbian and Gay Centre; Project for Advice, Counselling and Education (PACE); London Women’s Centre; CLCBLG; Onlywomen Press; Baobab Books [Zimbabwe]; Institute for African Alternatives (IFAA); Black & Ethnic Minority Lesbians & Gays at London Friend; Shakti South Asian Lesbian and Gay Network; Asian Young Women’s Project; Black Lesbian Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse; Southall Black Sisters; Looking After Ourselves: A Course for Black Lesbians; the Kaleghil Quinn Life Force Arts Centre; material relating to death of Dorothy El-Muracy; Waters of the Cave; Bradford and Leeds Black Sisters; the Aché Project [US]; Centerprise; Asian Incest Survivors Self Help Group; Blacklesbian Support Network; Feminist Review; Women in Shakti; Lesbian Ethics [US]; Akina Mama wa Afrika; Black Lesbians and Gay Men Against Media Homophobia (BLGMAMH); Anti-Apartheid Movement; LESPOP; Haringey Black Action; Lesbian and Gay Employment Rights (LAGER); Black Lesbian Defence Campaign; Justice for Battered Women who Kill campaign; Anti-Racist Alliance; We Are Here: Black Feminists in Britain Conference; Sari Squad; women-only Anti-Deportation Centre; Afia Begum Campaign Against Deportation; Unemployed Workers Centre; Black Women’s Network; Southall Black Women’s Centre; Support Baldev Gill campaign; Zamimass; and more.

Black lesbian and gay activism

Material relating to Black lesbian and gay rights and issues, including protests, global solidarity campaigns, and other forms of direct action.

Includes: leaflets and flyers for Smash the Backlash (May 1986); leaflets for Haringey Black Action (n.d.); ‘A far cry from the Pacific’ flyer against US occupation of and nuclear testing in Pacific islands (1986); Women Working for a Nuclear Free and Independent Pacific poster (Jan 1988); flyer for public meeting on racist, sexist and homophobic immigration law (1986); Lesbian and Gay Employment Rights (LAGER) flyer and poster (c.1980s); LESPOP ‘Black Lesbians in London up against the law’ flyer (n.d.) and ‘Black Lesbians and the Police’ flyers (1988); Haringey Black Action article (n.d.); LAGER ‘Black Lesbians and Gays Fight Back’ leaflets (1988); Camden & Islington Black Sisters ‘Black Women’s Protest Against Racism at Hampstead Women’s Pond’ poster (Aug 1985); Lesbian and Gay Coalition Against Racism flyer (c.1990s); Haringey Black Action anti-apartheid demo (n.d.).

Black lesbian groups (local and international)

Leaflets, flyers and posters for centres, organisations and events for Black lesbians.

Includes material that refers to: Camden Black Lesbian & Gay Centre (BLGC); London Rape Crisis Centre; Lesbian Archive & Information Centre; Blacklesbians Support Network; Over 40s African & Caribbean Women; Women’s Night Out: Lesbian Issues; CLCBLG; SWAPO Women’s Solidarity Campaign; Lesbian and Gay Solidarity with South African Workers (LGSSAW; run from Gay’s the Word); Lesbians in Coalition; Guarana’s [a lesbian club night]; the Afro-American Studies dept and African Student Union at San Diego State University; Young Black Zami Group; Blackchat at Shelburne Young Women’s Centre; Young Black Lesbians Group; West Hampstead Women’s Centre; Peckham Black Women’s Centre; Centerprise Word Up Women’s Café; Salsa Soul Sisters, Inc; Lesbians in Love and Trouble; Camden Black Sisters; Young Black Zamies; Kiran Asian Women’s Aid; Black Lesbian Defence Campaign; Brixton Black Women’s Centre; Blacklesbian Support Network; The Audre Lorde Project: Centre for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two-Spirit & Transgender People of Color Communities; South Asian Lesbian & Gay Network; Friday Group (Lesbian & Gay Black Group); Hackney Black Lesbian Group; Nyitera House [Uganda]: Desire’s Night Out; Zami II National Blacklesbian Conference; Press Gang Publishers (leaflet for Not Vanishing by Chrystos); Third World AIDS Advisory Task Force & San Francisco AIDS Foundation; Shakti South Asian Lesbian and Gay Network; Lesbian Information Network; Women’s Resource Centre; Sinister Wisdom lesbian journal; Rape Counselling and Research Project; West London Cyrenians; Sisterwrite bookshop.

Conferences for Black lesbians and gays

Material relating to conferences for Black lesbians and gays and lesbians & gays of colour, including flyers, leaflets, agendas, meeting minutes, programmes, conference papers, and information packs for various conferences and events.

Conferences include: the Black Lesbian and Gay Centre (BLGC) AGMs (1987-1989); Zami and Zami II conferences (1988 & 1989); International Lesbian and Gay People of Colour Conference (Nov 1990); Black Lesbians & Gays ‘Fighting Heterosexism in Our Communities!’ conference (21 Mar 1986); Asian Women’s Network ‘Organising into the 90s’ conference (Jun 1990); Black Pride and Solidarity, St Louis (Dec 1985); ‘Lesbian Politics – Just a Lifestyle?’ conference, Durban (Dec 1994); Black Caucus of Legislation for Lesbian & Gay Rights meeting (n.d.); ‘I Am Your Sister: Forging Global Connections across Differences’ conference, Boston MA (Oct 1990); ‘Black Communities: Living & Struggling Together’ conference (Feb 1986); London Against Racism ‘Youth: Racism & Power’ conference (n.d. [1984?]); Third World Lesbian workshop at 8th International Lesbian Information Service (ILIS) Conference, Geneva (Mar 1986).

Photos and press cuttings, c.1970s-1980s

Photographs and press cuttings, many of which have been commissioned by and/or featured in Outwrite Women’s Newspaper.

These images document a wide range of women’s events and protests in the UK and internationally. Includes images relating to International Women’s Day events, Mauritius Cultural Festival, the Troubles (e.g. Armagh Prison protest), apartheid struggles (e.g. African National Congress postcard), Les Amazones de Guinée, Bangladeshi women’s political activism and struggles, Grenadian and Puerto Rican independence demos, anti-nuclear protests in Japan and elsewhere, communities and workers in Ghana and Eritrea, Aboriginal women’s activism, Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp, Pakistani Women’s Action Forum, Salvadoran refugees in Honduras, women in South Africa (including Cape Town and Johannesburg), SWAPO members in Namibia, ‘The Dinner Party’ by Judy Chicago, Indian demos [against killing of Nandita Gandhi], the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile, and much more.

Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group

VHS tapes

VHS tapes:
Hollywood Madam (review copy; c.1995?), Witness to Apartheid (1986), Winnie Mandela (Villon Productions; 1986), Running Gay (1991), Breaking the Silence: Lesbian Mothers (1985), Sex in Our Time (c.1970s?), A Secret World of Sex (c.1990s), Cry Freedom (1987), Raspberry Ripple (1986), Reed Dolls (1981), Love Is Never Silent (1985), Saturday Night Out (two tapes; 1991), Rights and Reactions: Lesbian and Gay Rights on Trial (1988), Disappearing World: The Mende (1990); Under the Sun (1990); Mseleni Tales (1991), Black Britain (n.d. [1972?]), Sacrifice of Youth (1986), Fragile Earth: South Africa – The Wasted Land (n.d.), Everyman: A Land of Our Own (1990), The Storyteller (n.d.).

Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group

VHS tapes

VHS tapes:
Joan Armatrading: Track Record (1983); Frontline South Africa II: Corridors of Freedom (1987); Black Britain (tape 1; c.1990s), Out on Tuesday (1990); You Have Struck a Rock! (1981), Woman’s “How To” of Self Defence (1985), Any Child is My Child (1988).

Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group