[San Francisco, California]: Lavender U, . 17½” x 11 3/8”. Newsprint. Pp . Very good minus: toned with some spots of foxing, old folds, small closed tear.
This is one of the earliest issues of a periodical started by Kevin Burke and Murray Edelman who moved to San Francisco to live in a gay commune after graduating from the University of Chicago. Edelman was inducted into the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame in 2008. In the wake of the free education movement, the paper listed classes taught by, and targeted to, members of the gay community. This issue was released in the spring of 1974 and depending on the source Lavender U. started either in the fall of 1973, or early the next year. Considering that the January 1976 issue offered below is dubbed “2nd Anniversary Issue” we believe the periodical started in early 1974, making this the second issue.
This issue lists 42 classes with detailed descriptions on everything from gay duplicate bridge to dance to jewelry making. It included a listing from the Daughters of Bilitis encouraging volunteers to work at its Sisters Magazine Collective. Since all but five courses in this issue were taught by men, there was an appeal on the first page seeking more female teachers.
Lavender U. lasted until 1978, with its legacy including the founding of Frontrunners.org, the largest gay running group, with chapters worldwide. This issue contains their class, “Jogging for Fun and Exercise.”
OCLC lists seven institutions with some copies, and one with this specific issue.
An fine reflection of LGBTQ organizing, with a horde of insight on the interests of the community. Very good. Item #2830