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Camden Lesbian history
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Related women’s and lesbian & gay services

Material relating to local women’s and lesbian & gay services.

Includes: Hackney Council Women’s Unit newsletter (Mar 1994); CLCBLG information pack (inc. membership application form and events calendar for 1991/2); Lesbian Archive & Information Centre press release re loss of funding (1991); CLCBLG annual report for 1985/6; Black Lesbian and Gay Centre newsletter (Jun/Jul 1993).

Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group

Black Lesbian events

Posters, flyers, handouts promoting poetry nights, music, disco nights, and other social events for Black lesbians and lesbians of colour.

Includes: flyers for events from Blacklesbian and Blackgay Pride, Black Lesbian Cultural Workers collective, Outwrite Women’s Newspaper, Azadi Asian Women’s Film Project, First International Feminist Bookfair, Sisterwrite Bookshop, Women’s Independent Cinema, SHAKTI and SHAKTI GHAR co-operative for homeless Asian lesbians and gay men, Onlywomen Press. Also includes a bibliography of books by or about Black lesbians from the LAIC (October 1988) and some poems from Not Vanishing by Chrystos (Press Gang, 1988).

Wider LGBTQ issues

Folder of press cuttings relating to LGBTQ+ life and issues including homophobia, sex education, HIV/AIDS, politics and more.

Also contains press coverage of CLCBLG’s premises at 54-56 Phoenix Road. Titles include: Evening Standard; Capital Gay; Islington Gazette; Guardian; Camden New Journal; Camden and St. Pancras Chronicle; Haringey Advertiser; the Sun; Independent; Enfield Advertiser and more.

Black women's publications

Literature and publications relating to Black women and Black lesbians.

Includes: All Faiths for One Race (AFFOR) occasional paper ‘On Racism & Sexism’ by Alison Sealey (May 1982); sleeve of articles copied from publications inc New York Native, 7 Sisters Girls Work magazine, ONYX (Black Lesbians Only), Funky Black Lesbians journal etc (c.1980s; includes list of publications); letter and minutes from Black and Ethnic Minority Working Group, Camden Women’s Committee meeting (Jan 1985); The Voice article on Black British women’s artistic contributions (6 Mar 1980); copy of article from Spare Rib Black Women’s special issue (Oct 1983); two magazine pages featuring images of Barbara Burford and J. Casselberry & Jaqué DuPreé; ‘We have Always Been Here’, report by Linda King, Black worker at the Lesbian Archive and Information Centre (Jun 1989); Big Apple Dyke News pub (Mar 1981).

ONYX: The social and discussion group for Black lesbians and lesbians of colour

Folder of material relating to Black lesbians and lesbians of colour, much of it directly related to and/or created by ONYX.

Includes: London Friend annual review 1992; bundle of ONYX documents, including flyers, an information leaflet and meeting minutes (1990); bundle of incoming & outgoing correspondence for ONYX, including correspondence re using the meeting space in 54-56 Phoenix Road (mid-1991) and correspondents including CLCBLG, London Friend, Microsyster, and others. Also contains brochure for counselling training course, grant application guidance leaflet for voluntary organisations, and related material.

ONYX: The social and discussion group for Black lesbians and lesbians of colour

Groups for Black lesbians and lesbians of colour

Material relating to Black lesbians and lesbians of colour.

Includes: call-out for submissions to KUUMBA, the twice-yearly journal of Black lesbian poetry; scoping/needs assessment questionnaire from the Brighton Project, a potential residential care home for elderly gay men and lesbians; bundle of Black Lesbian & Gay Centre material including newsletter, BLCC needs assessment questionnaire, event & interest group flyers; flyers for organisations including the Zami Group for Lesbians of African Descent, Camden Black Sisters, GAP House housing co-operative, and others; agenda, meeting minutes and related records re the International Lesbian and Gay People of Colour (ILGPOC) Conference 1990.

Camden Black Lesbian Group

Material relating to Camden Black Lesbian Group (BLG). Includes: meeting agendas and minutes for BLG; briefing for BLG members regarding 1990 Centre review; BLG flyers (masters and photocopies); CLCBLG questionnaires for Black lesbians (master and photocopies; one completed.

Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group

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.

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