Lavender Woman was a lesbian periodical produced in Chicago, Illinois, from 1971 to 1976. It began as a segment of the larger paper ‘The Feminist Voice’, written by members of the Women’s Caucus of Chicago Gay Alliance. Twenty-six issues have been published irregularly.
The collaborative newspaper, in which different women contributed to each issue, aimed at voicing the concerns of many in the lesbian community, and also to be an outlet for those concerns. The strive for inclusiveness was important to the lesbian community as a way to combat their feelings of exclusion from the mainstream feminist movement.
Responses to Lavender Woman convey the importance of lesbian publications during a time where the lesbian community was feeling excluded from many different facets of life, such as feminism, their families and society at large. Overall, the feedback consisted of gratitude for the publishing of the paper, and for how the newspaper helped readers to feel less alone in their lives.
Chicago (IL): (Self-published), 1974.
First edition Folio (37.8 x 28.6 cm) (37.8 × 28.6 cm) Softcover 16 pp Texts in English Newsprint self-wrappers. Unbound. Illustrated in b/w throughout.
Near fine. Folded as issued. Stain and light crease on front wrapper. Internally fine. Item ID: 4089.