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Black and Asian diaspora feminism and Black lesbian feminism

Folder of publications, journal articles and literature relating to Black and Asian diaspora feminism and Black lesbian feminism.

Includes: leaflet for ‘In Celebration of Audre Lorde’ fundraiser for Azania (n.d.); Black Women & Representation programme (Apr-May 1984); photocopy of ‘Other Voices, Other Moods’ by Alice Walker for Ms magazine (Feb 1979); June Jordan biography from City Limits (16 Mar 1989); Weekend Guardian articles on poverty and homosexuality in South Africa (12-13 May 1990); ‘Call and Response’ by Maud Sulter, from Feminist Art News 2.8 (n.d.); photocopy of extract of The Ladder: A Lesbian Review (Jun 1966); Camden Black Sisters herstory (n.d. [c.1980s]); Lesbian Archive & Information Centre flyer and [oral history?] questionnaire (n.d.); London Feminist History Group flyer (n.d.); circular letter and info from Sakhi Collective, Delhi (1994); Mukti and Connexions articles on Asian lesbians (1982 & 1985); transcript of Linda King’s interview with Melina Young (n.d.); circular from International Lesbian and Gay People of Colour Conference (ILGPOCC) Planning Group (n.d.); meeting minutes of Black Lesbian and Gay Support Group (17 Nov 1989); homophobic letter from Pan African Congress Movement (PACM) to Hackney Black Women’s Group (20 Mar 1990); Lesbian History Group summer programme (1990); Lesbian Information Service index of lesbian and women’s orgs (Jun 1988); photocopy of Joan Nestle’s interview with Mabel Hampton from Sinister Wisdom (Summer 1979); ‘Whitney Weeps for Me’ article from News of the World (8 May 1988); Linda King’s interview with Louisa John-Baptiste (n.d.); photocopy of ‘Lesbian Mothers Conference: A Black Lesbian View’ by Angela (n.d.); photocopy of review of Audre Lorde’s Sister Outsider [by Barbara Christian?], from Black Feminist Criticism: Perspectives on Black Women Writers (1986); photocopy of National Coalition of Black Gays solidarity message to NGO Forum ’85 (1985); photocopied biographical articles/reference files on Angelina Weld Grimké, Ma Rainey, Zora Neale Hurston, Alice Dunbar Nelson, Edmonia Lewis, Bessie Smith, Gladys Bentley; photocopy of ‘No More Buried Lives: The Theme of Lesbianism in Audre Lorde’s Zami, Gloria Naylor’s The Women of Brewster Place, Ntozake Shange’s Sassafras, Cypress and Indigo, and Alice Walker’s The Color Purple’ [by Barbara Christian?], from Black Feminist Criticism: Perspectives on Black Women Writers (1986); photocopy of Jackie Kay’s interview with Maya Angelou, from Marxism Today (Sept 1987); photocopy of ‘Early Stars and Shows’ from Black Dance by Edward Thorpe (1989); photocopy of ‘Lesbian Daughter’ by Cheryl West, from SAGE 4.2 (1987); biographical article on Rosa Guy, from the Sunday Observer (8 Nov 1987); photocopy of ‘My Experience as a Black Lesbian Teacher’ article (n.d.); photocopy of ‘I Never Thought I’d be a Lesbian Until…’ by Sharon Smith (n.d.); photocopied Lesbian Archive & Information Centre ‘Black Lesbian Only Open Day’ (c.1990); review of Wild Women in the Whirlwind from New Statesman (n.d.); photocopy of ‘From the inside Looking In: A Reappraisal of Heart of the Race’ by Sisters in Study, from Realities of Time (n.d.); photocopy of ‘“I Dream a World”’ by Eleanor J. Bader, from On the Issues 14 (1990); Alan Wall’s interview with gay disco artist Sylvester, from Gay News 154 (Oct 1978); excerpt of early lesbian poetry from ‘Sapphic Song’ (n.d.).

Also includes two indexes for Black lesbian reference material and file contents, [probably from Lesbian Archive & Information Centre].

Black and Asian women’s literature

Black and Asian women’s publications, essays, academic work, info resources, reports, journalistic articles.

Includes: Afro-Caribbean Educational Project open day programme (2 Aug 1986); “We Carry a Heavy Load”: Rural women in Zimbabwe speak out report by Zimbabwe Women’s Bureau (Dec 1981); Second International Book Fair of Radical Black and 3rd World Books brochure (1983); Sistren Theatre Collective pamphlet (1986) and Sistren Song: Popular Theatre in Jamaica publication by Helen Allison of War on Want (Oct 1986); Of Conjuring and Caring: Women in Development report by CHANGE International Reports (n.d.); Women in Asia report 45 by Minority Rights Group (1982); copy of ‘Black Women in White Women’s Organizations: Ethnic Differentiation & Problems of Racism in the Netherlands’ by Philomena Essed, New Feminist Research 18.4 (1989); copies of articles about Black gay men from Washington Blade (1989) and Outlines (1990); New Internationalist (Jul, Aug 2001); Women in Struggle pub (c.1978/9?); melanex of copied articles from various feminist & academic pubs including Spare Rib, Lesbian Ethics etc; copy of Ethel Sawyer’s Masters dissertation, ‘A Study of a Public Lesbian Community’ (Sept 1965; Washington University).

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 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.

Lesbian disability rights groups

Newsletters and publications from lesbian disability organisations and groups.

Newsletters/publications from: US-based group Dykes, Disability and Stuff (Summer 1988, Fall 1988, Winter1988/89, Spring 1989, Summer 1989, Late Fall 1988/89, Spring 1990, [Summer 1990], [Fall 1990], [Spring 1991], [Summer 1991]); Regard Writes on Rights: The Quarterly Magazine of Disabled Lesbian and Gay Issues (Summer 1994); GEMMA (Feb 1987, May 1987, Aug 1987, Nov 1987, Feb 1988, May 1988, June 1996, Mar 1997).

National and international struggles

CLCBLG photographs. Includes photographs and press cuttings of international protests, including in El Salvador, Lima (Peru), Western Australia, Mashonaland & Mazvingo (Zimbabwe), Manchester (UK; Section 28 protest), Leeds (UK; Bradford (UK; Bradford 12 protest), Mt Carmel, Pennsylvania (US), and the Philippines. Also includes ‘I am Zami’ poster, featuring poem and images, from Zamimass (n.d.).

Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group