Zine Library Highlight

A hand holds up a pink publication with the title 'little pocket guide to Pride: a stonewall primer' above a drawing of two people. In the background several small books, some black and white, some with colourful covers, are displayed on a white plinth.

2SLGBTQIA+ Zines

To celebrate Sackville’s Pride Week, a selection of #PrideZines from the Owens’ Teeny Tiny Zine Library are on display, including a wide variety of publications from 2SLGBTQIA+ makers.

Zines have a long history of being made to share information, allowing low-barrier access to ideas, perspectives and communities. Adding new voices to the mix of publications out in the world, zines often include personal experiences which might not be represented in main stream media. From @theyarekal’s deeply personal reminders they would share with their younger self (as well as their current and future self too), to @comic_kibble’s primer on using gender neutral pronouns, and Sarah Mirks’ meditation on what it means to perform gender when the audience is gone—this selection of zines explore complex and personal experiences of gender without coming to final conclusions, but instead making space for more sharing and learning.

From the Teeny Tiny Zine Library

Alyssa Giannin
2019

The perfect introduction to the history of Pride, the little pocket guide to pride: a stonewall primer zine by Alyssa Giannini provides practical advice about how to honour the history of Pride and Marsha P. Johnson as we celebrate this week.

Tracey Robinson
2018

To learn more about Marsha’s transgender activism and fight for queer rights in the 1960s, the zine Marsha P. Johnson: The Pride of Elizabeth, NJ is a great place to start.

This zine was originally made in an effort to share Marsha P. Johnson’s story with teens currently living in her city of birth. It was made by local librarian, Tracey Robinson, and circulated through the Elizabeth Public Library.

Published by Pentagon Black
2020

Part of the Pentagon Black Information Pamphlet series, 25 Queer Country Hot Hits, 1938-2020 includes writing by by Steacy Easton which fills the LGBTQIA+ gaps that you might be missing from your Country/Western repertoire.

Zines in the series include illustrations by Raymond Biesinger and are the perfect pocket sized resources to expand your music history knowledge.

Zak Foster and Grace Rother
2020

This series of zines is described as a love offering from the editors Zak Foster and Grace Rother to all the queer folks in the quilting community. Submitted stories speak to personal experiences with quilting in Volume 1,  how quilting affects our personal relationships in Volume 2, ideas about the larger quilting community queers often find themselves sewing in Volume 3 and how queer quilters are using quilts as vehicles for change in Volume 4.

Cover of the zine "Gender: reminders I would share with young me (and current me) (and future me)". The word gender is circled, and a small flower is draw in black and white.

@theyarekal

Deeply personal reminders that the author would share with their younger self (as well as their current and future selves too) run throughout this zine. Embracing gender euphoria and leaving the door open for further learning, they acknowledge “Gender and gender expression are fluid and endless. You don’t need to figure everything out”.

Anne Price Lautenschlaae
2022

From polyamorous geese, to lesbian squirrels, and non-binary slugs, The Queer Guide to to the Sackville Waterfowl Park by Anne Price Lautenschlaaer chronicles LGBTQ+ creatures that inhabit the local park, in a slim, compact and fully illustrated field guide.

@Comic_Kibble

Respecting pronouns means resecting everyone’s right to self-expression and self-definition. THEY/THEM is an educational zine outlining the dos and don’ts of using gender neutral language and gender neutral pronouns. The zine is accompanied by resources for further reading on a topic that cannot necessarily fit inside eight small pages.

Catalyst MtA
2010

Going back in the zine archive, Not the Chem Society Issue 2 compiles personal stories from students, community members, friends from the Sackville/Amherst chapter of PFLAG and members of Catalyst the LGBTQ+ student advocacy group  at Mount Allison University in 2009/10. This zine paints a picture of the Sackville LGBTQ+ community with both humorous and heavy stories. As editor Sara Williamson writes in the introduction “There are bits of you too, if you look closely enough to recognize then; we’re all in here somewhere.”

sari neith
2012

Neither Doll Houses nor Tree Houses: On Living Outside of the Gender Binary focuses on the ups and downs of living outside of the gender binary. sari reflects on growing up participating in gender-segregated activities, switching from identifying as a “grrl” to gender variant/trans*, and how whiteness permeates trans*/queer identities. De-constructing various questions about their gender as well as gender in general, sari uses their personal experiences with gender identity towards self-awareness and acceptance.

Sarah Mirk
2021

This comic zine from Sarah Mirk reflects on how the pandemic threw everything into question, including gender. How the Pandemic Made Me Rethink Gender manages to be a sweet, serious, and humorous meditation on what it means to perform gender when the audience is gone.