Womonspace News

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Womonspace is a recreational and social group for lesbians in the Edmonton area. It began in 1981 and continues to be active as of this writing in 2016. Regular dances held in community league halls have been the mainstay of the organization. Other activities have included picnics, camping trips, golf tournaments, game nights, car rallies, and gym nights.

The purpose of Womonspace, as stated in early documentation, was “to foster a positive sense of lesbian identity among ourselves and the larger community; to counteract fear based on ignorance of the lesbian lifestyle; to decrease the sense of isolation felt by many lesbians;” and “to provide comfortable social gatherings for lesbians and other lesbian-positive women.”

A regular newsletter, Womonspace News, began publication in 1982. Copies were mailed to members in discreet envelopes. Additional free copies were distributed around the city in lesbian-friendly locations like book stores, coffee shops, and the gay and lesbian community centre. About fifty copies were set aside from each print run for women attending the monthly dances.

Lindy Pratch, Womonspace News newsletter volunteer (and sometimes editor) for various periods between 1982 and 1999.

Title Date
Womonspace News – December 1982 December 1982
Womonspace News – November 1982 November 1982
Womonspace News – October 1982 October 1982
Womonspace News – Vol. 1, No. 1 – January/February 1983 January 1983
Womonspace News – Vol. 1, No. 12 – December 1983 December 1983
Womonspace News – Vol. 1, No. 3 – March 1983 March 1983
Womonspace News – Vol. 1, No.4 – April 1983 April 1983
Womonspace News – Vol. 2, No. 1 – January 1984 January 1984
Womonspace News – Vol. 2, No. 10 – October 1984 October 1984
Womonspace News – Vol. 2, No. 11 – November 1984 November 1984
Womonspace News – Vol. 2, No. 12 – December 1984 December 1984
Womonspace News – Vol. 2, No. 2 – February 1984 February 1984
Womonspace News – Vol. 2, No. 4 – April 1984 April 1984
Womonspace News – Vol. 2, No. 5 – May 1984 May 1984
Womonspace News – Vol. 2, No. 6 – June 1984 June 1984
Womonspace News – Vol. 2, No. 7 – July 1984 July 1984
Womonspace News – Vol. 2, No. 8 – August 1984 August 1984
Womonspace News – Vol. 2, No. 9 – September 1984 September 1984

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