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LGBT Acronym Exhibition – Your thoughts!

Hello Everyone.

As part of LGBT History month, we are creating an exhibition about the LGBT acronym. The acronym is a hugely significant thing to the LGBT community and has had an important and positive political and social impact in moves towards equality. We are going to use the GWL collections to chart the history for the community from “LG” to “LGB” to “LGBT”, and more recently to “LGBTQ” & LGBTQQIAA”.

What are the implications of having an acronym and why is it so important? Who does it leave out, and why is it important to be included? What are its limitations?

For this, we want to hear from you. What do you think of the LGBT acronym? How has it helped you? Has it alienated you? Has it had an impact on your identity? There are no right or wrong answers, but we would love to know what you think.

Please give us some of your opinions. We’d really love to hear from you and include your thoughts (anonymously if you would prefer) in our exhibition. You can get in contact on Facebook, send us a private message or email hens@womenslibrary.org.uk

Hens x

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The next Issue of Hens is now out and is available. You can get your copy in Glasgow Women’s Library or you can purchase it online here: http://womenslibrary.org.uk/products-page/bookshop/hens-tae-watch-oot-fur-zine-issue-three/

Hens designed badges are also available from the library. They are amazing and original designs and they tie into a great project run by GWL about women’s badge wearing and activism called Badges of Honour. More information on that project, and information on how to take part is available here: http://womenslibrary.org.uk/whats-on/badges-of-honour/



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Hens at Glasgow Pride 2013

This year, Hens Tae Watch Oot Fur launched the zine at Glasgow Pride. The Hens stall also contained a pop-up museum of Glasgow Women’s Library badge collections. Kirstie, one of our contributors, has written a post about the launch.Image

On the 10th of August the library were at Pride Glasgow telling people about the library and it’s events, in particular the Badges of Honour project. On sale at the stall there was also the third issue of ,the young queer feminist zine, Hens Tae Watch Oot Fur and the badges that were made along side it .


There was a fantastic turn out on the day and a lot of interest in the library and all the stuff that is happening surrounding badges. There was many activists who visited the stall who seemed really interested in showing their pride in their activism with badges. The badges made with the zine were a big hit, especially the hens and closet badges.

 Everyone loved the idea of showing their pride with badges and this was clear throughout the whole of pride.Everyone seemed to be covered with badges, stamps and stickers showing their LGBT pride.  It’s clear that the people of Glasgow love the fact that they are fortunate enough to live in a place they can show their pride freely.

Many different people visited the stall some who had visited before and were very excited to hear about the library’s fast approaching move, and all the new events that have been going on, and some who had never heard of the women’s library but still seemed very interested in all the fantastic work the library does.

 For me personally one of the most memorable visitors to the stall was a young activist women who had only recently discovered the world of feminism and was wondering if the library had any advice on how they could get more involved in feminism. One of the greatest things I think the library is capable of doing, and has been doing for years, is helping women reach their potential and express their interest in activism in whatever way they please.

ImageAll in all it was a great, and thankfully dry, day in Glasgow Green for pride. There was a good bit of awareness generated for the library, one or two badge donations made to the archive and some money raised for the next issue of Hens Tae Watch Oot Fur, so all in all I would say the Glasgow Women’s Library’s day at pride was a success.

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New Zine Submissions

Hi Everyone!

We have decided that in our second issue, we are going to have a theme. This is to help people find a focus when writing and creating their zine submissions. This issue, our theme is REPRESENTATION, and we would like you to submit stuff that you think would be pertinent to this.

If you would like to submit material, please contact us on the form which can be found on our ‘Get Involved!’ page.

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The complete zine is now available to buy online at this address: http://womenslibrary.org.uk/products-page/bookshop/

The price is £3 and includes postage and packaging for UK (a further £3.50 is charged for International orders). As our WordPress only contains a selection of material contained within the zine, I would suggest that any fan of Hens makes sure they purchase one. Other material in the zine includes comics, part 1 of 4 of a short story written by one of our group members, poems and much more.

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Determined, To be different and still be yourself.

Determined to be what you want to be,

Wear what you want to wear

and act how you want to act.

But People can be unfair, and look down at you

for who you are, how you dress, and act.

But Don’t look back now. You’ve came so far.

Don’t change for anyone,

no matter how they may treat you.

Be determined to finish what you started.