Lesbian full-text works on the web

See also the Online magazines and Digitisation projects sections in the Web links page.

New Zealand lesbian history

Theses with lesbian themes

Recent New Zealand lesbian writing


Biography, memoirs, etc.

History - assorted

The following links lead to recovered texts compiled by British gay historian Rictor Norton <http://rictornorton.co.uk/eighteen/>. He has provided some context and commentary on each text.

Gertrude Stein - various

Biographical information at Wikipedia

Nonfiction - assorted works

Lesbian poetry

Lesbian lit websites

Early Feminist writing, from past centuries

GLBT resources

  • GLBTQ - an Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Culture
  • Lodestar Quarterly - a journal of LGBT literature, publishing both established and new writers of fiction, poetry, drama, and non-fiction. Produced 2002-2005
  • Blithe House quarterly - an online literary magazine featuring new short stories by emerging and established gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered authors
  • OutWeek magazine - This site contains the entire 105 issues of OutWeek Magazine, published in New York from June, 1989 to July, 1991. OutWeek Magazine was the seminal lesbian and gay publication during the peak era of AIDS activism in the late 80s and early 90s. It redefined the role of the activist gay press, not only by reporting the news but also by frequently making news itself. Its aggressive coverage, incisive commentary and in-depth investigative articles on gay rights, politics, AIDS, the arts and popular culture made it a must-read publication far beyond the usual scope of gay magazines. The archive is digitized in a high-resolution pdf format suitable for printing.
  • Bint el Nas: do you understand me - a journal for women who are identified ethnicially or culturally with the Arab world and also identify with lesbian/queer community.
  • outhistory.org - links to all sorts of goodies - American focus.

About this page

We are looking for free Lesbian full-text resources on the internet and listing them here for your convenience. Some are comtemporary "born digital" works, and others are older, out of copyright, and scanned. The Lesbian in Literature, the 3rd edition of Barbara Grier's book (1981), is an indispensible aid for finding our literary history [and this title is available online! as a pdf file]. We are using this classic when searching fulltext online repositories, including the Internet Archive texts and Project Gutenberg for lesbian titles that are out of copyright.

Scanned fulltext works are just - pages including all the marginal notes, flyspots etc etc scanned. All of which gets converted by software to "something" in the raw scanned text files. Project Gutenberg files are corrected by volunteers (hooray), but the Internet Archive has over 1.6 million texts - full of  "šomet#ing§". PDF files may be less frustrating to read, but are much bigger for downloading than text or html files, and Google charges for them. Files from the NZ Electronic Text Centre are well presented and free.

Most author names in the lists below are linked to biographical information, generally from Wikipedia. Some of the Wikipedia pages link to biographical information written from a queer perspective in the GLBTQ encyclopedia.

We welcome information about other free lesbian fulltext resources on the internet.

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