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The Body Politic, Xtra and Flaunting It!
Books and monographs
Periodicals
Articles and papers


The Body Politic, Xtra and Flaunting It!

An essential guide to the history of The Body Politic and Pink Triangle Press is The Body Politic itself -- the 135 issues published from late 1971 to early 1987.

The mastheads of each issue provide a guide to the people involved. From the Oct 1978 issue this information is arranged in a detailed breakdown by various areas of work, offering evidence of personnel changes over time. Mastheads in Xtra also list people involved and what they did. TBP issues dated from Feb 1978 through Nov 1983 carry extensive coverage of the Press's legal cases.

Three issues of TBP are of special note as sources of information on The Body Politic's own history:

Xtra, born nearly three years before TBP's demise, has now published more than 300 issues.For an overview of its first decade, see Gerald Hannon's "Ten years of tears and triumph for the little paper that could" in Issue 263, Nov 25, 1994.

There are also two useful articles on the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives and its connection with TBP and the Press:

The development of the Archives can also be traced from 1977 in its own newsletter, Gay Archivist. Now Lesbian and Gay Archivist, a list of all its issues, extensively annotated, appears in the Archives website.
(Full address: http://www.clga.ca/About/LGArchivist/lgaint.htm)

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Flaunting It!
An anthology of TBP's first decade

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Flaunting It! A decade of gay journalism from The Body Politic, an anthology edited by Ed Jackson and Stan Persky (Pink Triangle Press and New Star Books, 1982) contains not only some of the best material from TBP's first ten years, but also a 20-page chronology of the history of the gay movement in Canada from 1964 to Jun 1982 -- including much of the history of The Body Politic itself. An annotated version of that chronology, " Victories and defeats," is available online.
(Full address: http://www.clga.ca/Material/Records/docs/flitchro/fcint.htm)

All the material above is available at the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives. Copies of The Body Politic and Xtra (on paper or microfilm), as well as Flaunting It!, may be available in your area at local municipal, college or university libraries. Material listed below may also be available locally and is, as noted, in the Archives or its James Fraser Library.

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Books and monographs

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Periodicals

Other newspapers, magazines and gay movement publications set The Body Politic's contemporary Canadian context. All the non- profit ones that we knew of were regularly listed in TBP's Community Page and its later incarnations, Out in the City (for Toronto- centred papers) and Network (listing publications across Canada).

All -- including commercial ventures of the time -- appear in Alan Miller's massive international listing, Our Own Voices, a directory of lesbian and gay periodicals pubished over the last 100 years. It's available here online.
(Full address: http://www.clga.ca/Material/PeriodicalsLGBT/inven/oov/oovint.htm)

The only periodicals listed below are those published by Pink Triangle Press itself (if sometimes jointly with others).

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Articles and papers

This is not a comprehensive list. The Body Politic was the subject of considerable media attention around the times of its trials; much of that material, not noted here, is on file in related parts of the TBP / PTP holdings and in the Archives' collection of articles from non-gay newspapers and magazines. Most of the entries below are from gay periodicals (or by gay writers). All are available in the Archives and elsewhere.

Other sources of information: Archival resources: next page.

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