The LGBTQ Press in Twentieth-Century Britain and Ireland

Oram, Alison and Bengry, Justin. 2020. The LGBTQ Press in Twentieth-Century Britain and Ireland. In: Martin Conboy and Adrian Bingham, eds. The Edinburgh History of the British and Irish Press, Volume 3: Competition and Disruption, 1900–2017. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, pp. 480-498. ISBN 9781474424929 [Book Section]

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This chapter traces the changing aims, content and readerships of the newsletters, newspapers and magazines that we label the LGBT or queer press. It ranges from coded references to queerness since the late nineteenth century to experimental discussions of gender and desire in the 1920s and 1930s. We also trace the histories of more cautious and self-effacing homosexual publications and newsletters of the 1950s and 1960s, the political punchiness of the 1970s–90s LGBT and queer press, and finally the slick, consumerist lifestyle and homonormative glossy magazines of the 1990s and 2000s. We examine the shifts (that were not necessarily linear) between the LGBTQ press as a vehicle for political purposes, staffed by committed, often voluntary activists, and the more mainstream and commercial magazines that began to appear from the 1970s. And while these publications were commercial, many nonetheless continued to play important community roles even into the 1990s and 2000s.

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LGBTQ, Queer History, Media History, The Press

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18 May 2020 11:14

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