The Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives houses the world's largest collection of lesbian and gay periodicals. It is unique in its international scope, including periodicals from more than 50 countries. The scope and extensiveness of these holdings are rare and the collection's relevance to thriving and increasingly diverse fields of study makes it of considerable interest to researchers in the U.S. and internationally. International Gay and Lesbian Periodicals and Newsletters features serials from 50 countries around the globe. These serials offer insight into the development of gay rights movements and gay and lesbian life, communities, and culture in every region of the world. The Canadian holdings are, of course, exceptionally strong. Europe is very well represented, with publications from virtually all western European countries, large and small. There is a very good representation from eastern Europe, beginning with the 1980s, in a range of countries including Poland, Russia and Latvia. Latin America and southern Africa are relatively recent contributors to the gay and lesbian publishing scene, reflecting their recent (self-)incorporation into the global gay community. This collection has a solid cross-section of materials produced out of these regions. Titles from Asian nations include newsletters and periodicals from Japan from the 1960s, 70s, 80s, as well as ephemeral titles associated with the emergence of gay and lesbian politics in the 1980s and nineties in Thailand and India. Australia and New Zealand are particularly well represented with dozens of titles.
Part 1: The Americas
Section 1: Canada-87 reels
Section 2: Latin America and the Caribbean-5 reels
Part 2: Europe-87 reels
Part 3: Australia and New Zealand-28 reels
Part 4: Asia, Africa, and the Middle East-4 reels