Women's Publications
for Lesbian/Feminists

This section of this site will feature downloadable and searchable PDF files of selected early
women's publications, mostly from Houston, but including some statewide ones.
This is by no means all of the ones that existed, just the ones to which I had access, and
all are rare and interesting. I would very much like to expand this section, so If you can provide
other issues of these and similar publications for scanning purposes, please contact me.
I am displaying these in roughly year order. Access
to most of the copies of
Pointblank Times is courtesy of Pokey Anderson. A listing of some early Houston GLBT publications
(a work in progress) can be found at this link.

What publications is this section for? As this is an LGBT history website, that becomes
grey when it comes to women's issues, and I have leaned more to the "lesbian/feminist"
side, when I can find them. Over the years there no doubt have been many more, for
example, where does Breakthrough (of the 1970's) fit? And, I have no publications yet
from the 1990's, surely there were some. Let me know if you have some I can borrow/scan.

 Additions are added often, so please check back

Pointblank Times, 1975 - 1978

Pointblank Times

Monthly Lesbian/Feminist publication (8 1/2" x 11") with a large staff, including activist
Pokey Anderson.

 

existed at least to
May 1978

Volume 1-1, 3/75, PDF

Volume 1-2, 4/75, PDF

Volume 1-3, 5/75, PDF

Volume 1-4, 6/75, PDF

Volume 1-5, 8/75, PDF

Volume 1-6, 9/75, PDF

Volume 1-7, 10/75, PDF

Volume 1-8, 11/75, PDF

Volume 1-9, 12/75, PDF

Volume 2-1, 1/76, PDF

Volume 2-2, 2/76, PDF

Volume 2-3, 3/76, PDF

Volume 2-4, 5/76, PDF

Volume 2-5, 6/76, PDF

Volume 2-6, 7/76,
U of H Link

Volume 2-7, 12/76, PDF

Volume 3-1, 1/77, PDF

Volume 3-2, 3/77, PDF

Volume 3-3, 7/77, PDF

Volume 3-4, 8/77, PDF

Volume 3-5, 11/77, PDF

Volume 4-1, 1-2/78,
U of H Link

Volume 4-2, 4-5/78, PDF

It appears the Pointblanks I may be missing are:

Vol 2-6, July 76, though I am able to link to its data at the U of H Digital Archive,
as I am similarly for Vol 4-1, Jan-Feb 78
Pointblank Times was having production difficulties through the last year.

Unknown how many issues existed between Vol 3-5 and Vol 4-1,
November 77 and January 78, which could have been one issue, or maybe none
and if any existed after Vol 4-2
If you can provide missing into on the publication, please email me

It's About Time (1978)
 
Off the Wall Productions

It's About Time
was the newsletter of the NLFO, National Lesbian Feminist Organization, with the pub based in Houston beginning May/June 1978. Not known how long it lasted.
May/June 1978, PDF
   


Off the Wall Productions
was a Women's production company founded in Houston in 1977, dedicated to bringing women entertainers to the city in concert.

Margie Adam Program,
early 1978, PDF

Breakthrough, 1976-1980
Choices, 1983-1984
Womansight, 1982

Breakthrough

A Feminist publication with small degree of lesbian content. Ran from Jan 1976 through Dec 1980.

See major section on
Breakthrough

and also
U of H Link

Choices

Another newsletter for womyn, begun March 1983, and size is 8 1/2" x 11". Distribution had increased to 350 by this issue, which had a variety to offer.

Volume 2-1
3/84,
PDF

 

Womansight

Dallas-based 11"x14" statewide newspaper, emphasis on rest of state over Houston, and women over lesbians. Produced by a "collective."

Vol. 2-8, 2/82, PDF
Vol. 2-9, 3/82, PDF
Vol. 2-10, 4/82, PDF

WomynSpace, 1985-1988

WomynSpace

Called a "Community Calendar/Newsletter," it
was just that, with very
few articles, but apparently quite
thorough in the listings.

See
U of H Digital Archives
.

(the numbering
of their Volumes was not consistant)

Volume 1-6, 11/85, PDF

Volume 5-7, 2/88, PDF

Volume 5-9, 5/88, PDF

Volume 7-4, 9/88, PDF

Volume 7-5, 10/88, PDF

The Wand, 1989-1996


Later Womynspace grew and the name changed to Wand (Womynspace Activities Networking Directory), perhaps at the start of 1989, and lasted at least into 1997.

 

 

Volume 5-7, 07/89, PDF


Volume 10-2, 02/93, PDF
Volume 10-5, 05/93, PDF
Volume 11-10, 10/94, PDF

Volume 12-06, 06/95, PDF
Volume 12-07, 07/95
,
PDF

Volume 12-12, 12/95, PDF



Volume 13-10, 10/97, PDF

Dimensions, 1987 - 1995

Dimensions

Small lesbian publication from Lubbock, with local and national news, 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", ~40 pages, editied by Kelly Chambers and heavy contribution by Houston's Nancy Ford

See Major Section
on Dimensions




July 1994, PDF

June 1995, PDF

July 1995, PDF

   
Emerald Pillows, 2004

Emerald Pillows

Edited by Maxine Rothman, it called itself
"a monthly lesbian rag for all the lovely ladies of Houston." It was a 5 1/2 x 8" zine, 16 pages, with a mix of articles, horoscopes (by Lilly Roddy), cartoons, etc. Unsure how many issues were done, and it appears it did not survive 2004

#2, Feb 2004, PDF

#4, Apr 2004, PDF

 

Researching with the internet "wayback machine," it appears the zine began in July 2003, with issues in August, September and November 2003; and through April 2004, with a gap until October 2004, which may have been the last one

 

 

H.e.r.s., 2004 - 2005

Hers

Published in Houston by Shaunte Angelo and Kristen Kemp, this was a slick and classy pub geared to the Houston lesbian community. Per Shaunte, only six issues published,
all shown here

Vol 1, Feb/Mar 2004, PDF

Vol 1, Apr/May 2004, PDF

Vol 1, Jun/Jul 2004, PDF

Vol 1, Sep/Oct 2004, PDF
Vol 1, Dec/Jan 2005, PDF

Vol 2, Feb/Mar 2005, PDF

 
Miscellaneous (Non-Local)
Atatlanta Newsletter, 1973-early 1990s
WomanSpace, 1988-2009
On Our Backs (1984-2006)

Atatlanta Newsletter

The Atlanta Lesbian Feminist Alliance (ALFA) existed from 1972 through 1994 and published a newsletter starting in 1973 into the early 1990s. The PDF covers three issues from 1988, March, April and July. PDF
Account of its history.

WomanSpace

San Antonio newsletter begun in 1988, and lasting into 2009 per this link & this one. Its predecessor was Women's Community Journal, 1986. A number of issues can be found at the UTSA digital collection, along with other San Antonio publications. May 1998 PDF

On Our Backs

A national publication started by Susie Bright in 1984, in San Francisco. And it ran until March 2007. Almost all issues through 2004 are available online at this link

and more titles to come at their main site

I Know You Know
Impulse

I Know You Know was a slick color monthly magazine, begun in late 1984, out of Indianapolis; unknown how long it ran

Vol 2-1, Dec 1985, PDF


Impulse was an El Paso magazine, beginning around 1983, with Belinda Renteria as Publisher & Editor. It lasted at least through 1987

Vol 3-4, Nov 1986, PDF


6th National Women's Choral Festival, 1991
PDF

 

Bonus, sort of.....I much admire the 1970s publication Lesbian Tide, and while it is not Texas-oriented at all, I wanted to share the copies I have in my own archives, so they would be available to those researching lesbian history.

Lesbian Tide

 

 Additions are added often, so please check back