Azalea: A Magazine by Third World Lesbians

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Azalea: A Magazine by Third World Lesbians was a quarterly periodical for black, Asian, Latina, and Native American lesbians published between 1977 and 1983[1] by the Salsa Soul Sisters, Third World Wimmin Inc Collective.[2] The Collective also published the Salsa Soul Sisters/Third World Women's Gay-zette (c. 1982).[1][3][4]

Early history

The group formed in 1974, growing out of the Black Lesbian Caucus of the New York City Gay Activists Alliance (GAA).[5]


Rodger Streitmatter, author of Unspeakable: The Rise of the Gay and Lesbian Press in America, notes that the founders of the periodical attempted not to perpetuate oppression and replicate societal biases by refusing to "assess the quality of contributions sent to them, publishing all material without any editing."[6]

The magazine published contributions from Africa, Asia and South America as well as material from the United States.[7]

Select contributors


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Lesbian and Gay Periodicals", The Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, retrieved 2008-03-24<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Shockley, Ann Allen. "The Black Lesbian in American Literature", in Barbara Smith (ed.), Home Girls: A Black Feminist Anthology, Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press, 1983.
  3. Covina, Gina/Galana, Laurel. (The) Lesbian Reader: An Amazon Quarterly Anthology, Amazon Press, 1975, ISBN 0-9609626-0-3
  4. D'Emilio, John. Making Trouble: Essays on Gay History, Politics, and the University, Routledge, 1992, p. 261.
  5. Beemyn, Brett Genny (2004), "African Americans",<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Streitmatter, Rodger. Unspeakable: The Rise of the Gay and Lesbian Press in America, Faber & Faber, 1995. ISBN 0-571-19873-2, p. 175.
  7. Streitmatter, Unspeakable (1995), p. 179.
  8. Steven Reigns (February 2007). "An Annotated Bibliography on the Works of Sapphire" (PDF). Retrieved 2013-12-03.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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