(Blogmensgo, gay blog of January 20, 2016) Marc Stein has compiled an online museum exhibition of international LGBT magazines of the 1950s and 1960.
Magazines, reviews, commented bibliographies and essays on gay and lesbian subjects from all over the world can now be seen in an online exhibit created for that purpose. The virtual documentation center is called US Homophile Internationalism: Archive and Exhibit.
This initiative is the continuation of an academic research project (US Perspectives on Canadian Sexual Politics: Historical Case Studies) whose author Marc Stein makes the sources of his studies accessible to anyone. Among many other interesting documents, you can find the first three big LGBT magazines of the 1950s and 1960s: ONE, Mattachine Review und The Ladder.
Eventually, documents, photos, reports and other publications of the years 1953 to 1964 will be available. However, only the years between 1953 and 1957 are covered at this time because the project has not been concluded yet.
Originally, Marc Stein’s research question was how strongly the perception of LGBT rights in Canada influenced the USA. Homosexuality was legalized in 1969 in Canada but only in 2003 in the US. Same-sex marriage was introduce a decade earlier in Canada than in the United States (2005 vs. 2015).
Of course, the researcher looked beyond North America for his subject. Students and colleagues of York University, where Stein worked from 1998 until 2014, actively supported Marc Stein’s research whose results are accessible on OutHistory.org.
Initially, the research project was intended to cover the period between 1953 and 1969, which is the year when the Stonewall riots happened. Due to a lack of time and means, the project had to be cut back to the period until 1964.
The research results accessible online are mostly geared towards researchers and students of history, geopolitics, sociology, gender studies, sexology etc., in North America and in the whole world.
Of course, everyone interested is welcome to visit this new LGBT archive. We can safely assume that friendly donations would speed up the project of digitization, and we could see the remaining documents much earlier.