What’s A ‘Zine’?

zine (pronounced ‘zeen,’ like magazine) is a self-published booklet or magazine, often handcrafted and photocopied, about anything! Zines are not usually available in stores, though lots are available online (zinelibrary & Queer Zine Archive Project are great places to browse!).


Interested In Finding Out What’s On Our Shelves?

We have a growing zine collection at the Centre that we hope to continue expanding. We’re always looking for more zines, so if you have something you’d like to share, please drop it off! Are there any zines we should know about and order? Let us know in the comments or send us a e-mail (levanacentre@gmail.com)! 

The zine library is located in our office on the first floor and is therefore wheelchair accessible. 

We are always looking for people interested in volunteering to work on the zine collection. If this interests you, please fill out a volunteer application and email it back to us or drop it off at the office!

New zines available at the Centre will be listed here (with links if they’re available online).

[Added October 28, 2011]

Angry Black-White Girl: Reflections on My Mixed Race Identity — Written by Nia Diaspora. “Angry Black-White Girl features autobiographical stories about growing up mixed in Massachusetts, away at college in Maryland, family legacies of internalized racism and race-related interrogations on the job as a temp caterer. The zine also features comics from the Boondocks.”

Workin’ On It: Ways to Tokenize/Alienate a Non-White Person— “This is a zine put out by anti-authoritarian and other radically progressive people of color, and ‘is intended primarily as a tool for people of color to recognize, more readily, oppressive forces at play in our lives in order to begin the work of healing from them.'”

AQSAzine #3: My Islam — “AQSAzine is a grassroots zine open to 16-35 year old women and trans people who self-identify as Muslim. It is a creative avenue for us to express ourselves, share our experiences, and connect with others. We strive to work from a feminist, anti-oppressive, feminist, pro-choice, queer and trans positive framework.”

Women of Color: Front-Runners for Freedom — Written by Nancy Reiko Kato. “Analyzes how the oppression faced by women of color turns them into resilient fighters destined to lead the coming socialist feminist revolution.”

A Stand Up Start-Up: Confronting Sexual Assault with Transformative Justice — Written by Philly Stands Up. “A collection of readings designed for folks thinking about putting together a transformative justice anti-sexual assault group.”

Tenacious #10: Writings from Women in Prison (Mother’s Day 2006) — “Tenacious is a zine filled with articles, essays, poetry and art by formerly and currently incarcerated women across the United States. Their works cover subjects like the health care (or lack of health care) system, being HIV-positive inside prison, trying to get an education while in prison, sexual harassment by prison staff and general prison conditions, and giving up children for adoption.” “A very touching account of various mothers’ struggles from inside prison. They write letters and poems to their children, they tell horrific stories of separation, mistreatment, and being barred from any contact with their children. Some stories are written to parents by children. All are intensely emotional and touching.”

Learning to Action: Reflections on a Transformative Justice Reading Group — Written by The Community Accountability Learning to Action Group. “The Community Accountability Learning to Action Group was a study group for two-spirited, queer and trans folks in Toronto in 2010/2011. We came together to learn about the practice of community accountability and transformative justice, in order to learn strategies to create safer communities without the prison industrial complex. We are committed to developing the knowledge, skills and capacities of our communities to intervene in and end violence (including child abuse, sexual violence and intimate partner violence) without state interventions (such as policing and prisons) as these interventions lead to more violence rather than safety and self-determination. We also believe that our savvy communities have the creativity, resources and care to hold each other accountable when violence occurs and in changing the political and social structures that reinforce oppression and therefore reinforce violence. We have a big bold vision for transformed relationships, communities and the world—and we know that this transformation will happen when we build it, brick-by-brick.”

This Is Me Using My Choice: An Anthology of Women’s Abortion Stories

thirdspace (spring 2011) — “thirdspace is a feminist, anti-racist zine produced through the UVSS Women’s Centre, at the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. thirdspace strives to provide a free forum for the multiplicity of voices within the University of Victoria community and beyond. We wish to promote all marginalized groups on equal ground. We strive to gather and share useful information about events, issues and controversies that affect all womyn, regardless of culture, age, sexual identity, size, shape, ability, economic or social situation, colour or experience.”

Healing in Action Zine — Written by the Young Women’s Empowerment Project (Street Youth Rise UP! campaign). “Healing in Action teaches us how to do our own self exams, about herbs and how we can take of our bodies in case we cant get to a doctor or we are denied help. We made a Universal Self Exam guide and a Healing in Action Zine with tips and tools for going to the doctor, for how to take care of yourself if you can’t get to a doctor and what to do if you are denied help.”

How to do a Universal Self-Exam — Written by Young Women’s Empowerment Project (Street Youth Rise UP! campaign).

[Added July 13, 2011]

Beautiful, Difficult, Powerful: Ending Sexual Assault Through Transformative Justice — Written by the Chrysalis Collective

Behind the Closet Doors: Confronting Emotional Abuse in Intimate Partnerships

Community in Transition: 40 Years of Struggle — “A zine guidebook to the Transgender Oral History Project‘s travelling exhibit and website… ‘Community in Transition is a multimedia historical exhibition that explores themes in transgender activism over the last forty years through a combination of text, photography, ephemera, and film. In doing so, it engages viewers in contemplating both the conditions trans people were operating within and the collective responses through which trans people dealt with these circumstances.'”

Gender Anarky (Spring 2009) — Gender Anarky Zeen is “published at random from prison” and is “a prison-based initiative of transsexual women in men’s prisons.” This issue discusses “the struggle in the prisons for transsexual medical treatment and the late Dee Farmer, a very dedicated queen to the human rights of us girls in men’s prisons, and her tragic death that resulted from it.” Includes poetry and “some spiritual insight into our condition as transsexual women.”

Go Fuck Yourself — “strives to encourage acceptance of the human body and sexuality in all its forms through open discussion and experimentation. Go Fuck Yourself includes step-by-step instructions for making whips, bondage gear, and strap-ons from rubber and leather scraps as well as more complicated items such as vibrators and vacuum machines. Information about safe sexual practices is interspersed throughout the zine.”

If I Can’t Dance Is It Still My Revolution? (#2-5) — “If you can’t dance, you aren’t allowed to participate equally in revolutionary struggle. If you dance cautiously because you are in pain, or “strangely” it isn’t your revolution. If you aren’t dancing because you have been forcibly restrained it isn’t your revolution. If you dance alone because you have been excluded from society because you have an intellectual disability, are psychiatrised, deaf or physically disabled it isn’t your revolution. If you don’t dance you aren’t allowed to participate equally in the struggle, it isn’t your revolution. If you don’t fight, if you don’t organize, it won’t be your revolution and changes implemented will not reflect the diverse needs and perspectives of disabled people. We all dance in our own ways. We all fight in our own ways. We need to create the space for that to be recognized and we need to fight for change together.”

MXD Zine #1: True Stories by Mixed Race Writers

Out of the Closets and Into the Libraries: A Collection of Radical Queer Moments — “Includes information about groups such as ACT UP, the Gay Liberation Front,the Queercore Movement, the Lesbian Avengers, the George Jackson Brigade, and the Street Transgender Action Revolutionaries (STAR) and events such as the White Night riots, Compton’s Cafeteria riot, and the Stonewall riots. Tthe zine aims to educate about both well-known and forgotten gay history. The focus is on U.S. and Canadian history of the mid to late 20th century.”

Race Riot #2 — “The second issue of the compilation zine (the name now shortened). Includes an extensive, if partial, project directory of zines past and present made by people of color.”

Wanting to be Indian: When Spiritual Searching Turns Into Cultural Theft — “Cultural appropriation is a form of racism. Cultural appropriation is a weapon in the process of colonization. Cultural appropriation is when a dominating or colonizing people take over the cultural and religious ceremonies and articles of a people experiencing domination or colonization. When Euro-Americans take Native American symbols and ceremonies and use them for their own purposes, we are participating in the process of colonization and the destruction of Native culture.”

Fat Girl #1-10 — “a zine that deals with body image, HAES, fat positive imagery, and is heavily illustrated.”

Said the Pot to the Kettle: Feminist Theory for Anarchist Men — “Feminist issues affect men as well as women; patriarchy keeps us all trapped within an oppressive, dominating system. Certainly, however, it is important for men to not steal the spotlight in feminist struggles.”

[Added March 25, 2011]

As If They Were Human: A Different Take on Perpetrator Accountability — “This zine contains three articles by Tod Augusta-Scott, a social worker who works with men who have battered, abused, or used sexual violence. He has a novel approach to leading the men to take responsibility for their own actions and be accountable. This approach is based in challenging gender essentialism, listening to the men, and helping them develop new stories for their lives. Cogent and insightful, Tod Augusta-Scott’s articles provide a practical model that should be useful to people involved in community-based accountability work.”

Smart Tart #1: A Sex Positive Zine on Sexual Health for Women, Queer, and Trans People — “The main goals of the zine are: 1.Promote Sexual Health and highlight processes to eliminate barriers to access care. 2.Provide comprehensive sexuality education to a broad base of folks. 3.Provide education and outreach support for folks working in sexual health related fields. 4.Advocate for access to comprehensive Sexual Health services for all throughout their lifespans. 5.Promote and publish research and evaluation in Sexual Health. We uphold everyone’s right to a self-affirming and an enjoyable sexuality. Smart Tart Press aims to raise awareness on how experiences of trauma, exposure to violence, and unequal access to care increase health disparities among women, transgender and queer people’s health.”

Why Misogynists Make Great Informants: How Gender Violence on the Left Enables State Violence in Radical Movements — by Courtney Desiree Morris

towards an insurrectionary trans-feminism — “Trans women experience corporeality in a unique way. While capital hopes to continue to use the female body as proletarian machine to reproduce labor-power, trans women’s bodies cannot produce more workers and is constantly already viewed as denaturalized. Perhaps in valorizing this inoperability in reproduction, and willfully extending it to all forms of reproductive labor, we see the potentiality of human strike.”

Friends Make the Best Medicine: A Guide to Creating Community Mental Health Support Networks — “This Icarus guide for community support around madness and mental health is a work in progress. A first draft.”

Social Detox #1: Resources for Anti-Sexist Men — “Social Detox *a.m. helps cleanse you of the daily social toxins we encounter within a patriarchal society (including but not limited to, sexism, racism, classism, homophobia)*. Our ingredients are carefully selected to form a radical critique of Patriarchy and to support the regeneration of healthy relationships. This program is specifically designed to support people with Gender Privilege in taking responsibility and challenging Gender Oppression. Our unique Anarchist recipe Includes workshops, zines, videos, and a website. This mix-medium variety supports the mind’s natural defenses in breaking down Sexist Masculinity. If used properly, Social Detox can help men in a process of re-defining a masculinity that is anti-authoritarian, sex-positive, accountable, and most of all, revolutionary.”

[Added November 1, 2010]

Washings in Public Issue 1: Hormonal Birth Control — “a zine that brings to light topics concerning sexual health and well-being for both men and women that are all too often swept under the table.”

Washings in Public Issue 2: Alternative Birth Control — “a zine that brings to light topics concerning sexual health and well-being for both men and women that are all too often swept under the table.”

Wive’s Tales — “Published in 1996, Wives Tales aims to empower women with the knowledge to understand their bodies and heal themselves. Britton, a worker at a feminist health clinic in San Diego, examines the patriarchal roots of Western medicine, writing that the “less we know about ourselves, the more we can be manipulated.” Many topics are covered, including self-cervical exams, lunaception, PMS, cramps, vaginal infections, STDs, natural birth control, abortion, menstrual extraction, childbirth, mammographies, and the importance of a healthy diet.”

Nannygoat Trannygoat #2 — “tries to make sense of an experience that is often too complex to describe in English, in a culturally dominating, blissfully binary atmosphere that nonetheless needs some airtime for us bearded females/men to work out some of the issues around being a faciallyhairy female-bodied person with “abnormal” hormone levels. When talking about female-bodied people with facial hair it is impossible to ignore the subject of “race” and racial identity, as bodies are loaded subjects that have multiple meanings inscribed into them.”

Fluid: A Look at Gender and Sexuality — a collection of poetry and essays

Evolution of a Race Riot — “writings from a diverse roster of activists, writers and artists who addressed issues of racism in punk culture, invisibility, class issues, and the ever popular (and offensive) ‘I don’t see you as (asian/black/latino/etc.).'”

Riot Boy/Grrl of the Prairie #1 — writings on ‘the personal is political,’ gender and sexuality, deconstructing social work and the non-profit industrial complex, and more

Guaranteed to Wreck Any Party — “hopefully the beginning of a necessary yet insanely awkward dialogue on surviving sexual abuse, being male, and playing a more pro-active and useful role in fighting sexual violence.”

Transzine! #1-5 — a new, manitoba based diy (do-it-yourself), not-for profit, (bi)annual zine addressing issues and experiences of trans/genderqueer individuals, their families, friends, partners, allies, service providers (etc.).”

Thoughts About Community Support Around Intimate Violence“suggestions for how to do good support for people who have recently experienced intimate violence, both the survivor and the abuser”

Jane: Documents from Chicago’s Clandestine Abortion Service 1968-1973 — “Firestarter Press put out this introductory pamphlet on a very important topic in radical history. 5 years before roe vs wade a groups of Chicago women started an abortion referral service that quickly evolved into an abortion provider all staffed and run by women. This is their story told first hand thru various articles.”

Gender Poo — washroom symbols for non-binary people, based on the GenderPoo film

Women’s Self-Defense: Stories & Strategies of Survival — “how women have kept themselves safe during and after sexual harassment and assault. The authors write about a wide range of situations including stranger assault, sexual harassment, on the streets and at work, multiple assailants, assailants with weapons, known assailants, date rape, and domestic abuse.”

Childhood & the Psychological Dimension of Revolution — an essay by Ashanti Alston, an anarchist panther

A Young Male’s Guide to… (An Informative Zine for Guys Who Like Guys)

[girl name] — a comic about “some politix of transgender rights, feminism, gender, sex, government, and stuff, by no means exhaustive”

Trans Talk: How to be a More Effective Ally (and Other Stuff You Should Know and Probably Don’t)

This is Not a Love Story: Armed Struggle Against the Institutions of Patriarchy — “includes a herstory of the Revolutionary Cells and Rote Zora armed resistance in Germany, an interview with two anonymous members of Rote Zora, and a brief look at Direct Action and the Wimmin’s Fire Brigade”

[Added October 20, 2010]

Don’t Leave Your Friends Behind: Anarcha-Feminism & Supporting Mothers and Children

Queersafe #1 — zine from Montreal on health and safe-sex education specifically for queer folks

Moral Revolution: Creating New Values, Undermining Oppression, and Connecting Across Difference — “about creating an ethics of love, a livable world, based on Sarah Lucia Hoagland’s Lesbian Ethics

Ask First!: Resources for Supporters, Survivors, and Perpetrators of Sexual Assault

Open Your Eyes and Make a Wish — “a personal zine about what it means to be a spanish immigrant genderqueer person, on how small sentences mean a lot, on DIY transition and the superheroes that are part of our chosen family. It’s also a trilingual zine: english, spanish and french.”

The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Partner Abuse in Activist Communities — “Includes submissions from members of CARA, Philly’s Pissed, The Northwest Network, UBUNTU, INCITE! and more. Concrete tools for community accountability organizing.”

A World Without Sexual Assault: For a Community Response to Sexual Assault — “second newspaper put out by the World Without collective based out of Melbourne… The newspaper has articles on topics like grieving and mourning, myths about sexual assault, restorative justice, consent, and support.”

Timtum: A Trans Jew Zine — “this zine tangles with trangender and religious questions. For example, it gives basics tips on respect/etiquette/support of trans persons and provides definitions of Jewish terminology and history.”

[Added September 20, 2010]

Hot Pantz: Do It Yourself Gynecology: Herbal Remedies — “This crucial guide to woman’s health gets older but not less useful. It features a well organized index of health problems along with remedies. Also contains a glossary of herbs and their properties. A very handy resource to share with a friend in need.”

Empower Yr Sexy Self: A Workbook — “sensuality, intimacy, sexual identity, sexual health and reproduction, and sexualization”

Militant Flamboyance: A Brief History of the Stonewall Riots and Other Queer Happenings — “Aimed at situating Stonewall and PRIDE in a historical context, ‘Militant Flamboyance’ explores radical queer history and how the Stonewall Riots affected a larger GLBTQ movement.”

Hoax #1: Feminism and Relationships — “hoax intends to bridge the gap between feminism in theory and praxis, academia and everyday life. essay topics include: consciousness-raising, the “i’m not a feminist, but…” phenomena, money and power in hetero relationships, gendered language, having a feminist boyfriend, a case against marriage, polyamory, racism in friendships, bicycles and reverse sexism. also includes delicious veg(etari)an recipes!”

Don’t Be A Dick — “about masculinity, rape, porn, and consent”

We Are All Survivors, We Are All Perpetrators // What To Do When Someone Tells You That You Violated Their Boundaries, Made Them Feel Uncomfortable, or Committed Assault: A Start — “To broach these questions is not to deny that there is such a thing as sexual assault, nor to defend it as acceptable behavior. On the contrary, it is to demand that we acknowledge that we live in a rape culture: a culture in which sexual assault is pervasive, as are the forces and dynamics that promote it. Sexual assault is a part of all of us who have grown up in this society; we cannot ignore it, or pretend that because we ourselves have been assaulted or because we work to live anarchy in all aspects of our lives that we are not capable of sexual assault. The only way to rid our lives of sexual assault is to open the issue up. This means we must make it safe enough to come out as an assaulter, so that each of us is able to address, openly, honestly, and without fear, everything from the most minor acts of inconsideration to the most serious boundary violations. We are all survivors; we are all perpetrators.”

Taking the First Step: Suggestions to People Called Out for Abusive Behavior — “consent, sexual assault, abuse, rape, accountability process, feminism, survivors”

The Transgender Herb Garden: An MtF Guide to Disconnecting One’s Self from Big Pharma — “a guerilla herb gardening guide for MtFs so we won’t need to rely on corporate pharmaceuticals”

Beginners Guide to Responsible Sexuality (For Men) — “put out by a Denver Collective who ‘identify as experiencing male privilege'”

Men Can Stop Rape

Support — “In a time when sexual assault and abuse are an increasing problem; even in so-called radical and punk communities, and when most women have been sexually abused in one way or another, Cindy Crabb (Doris Zine) brings us a document showing ways to prevent sexual violence and support survivors of sexual abuse. The zine helps to define consent, some letters that Cindy has received, listening, talking about sex, power dynamics, comics by Fly, and much more!”

Supporting a Survivor of Sexual Assault — “In 1979 in response to 12 murders of black women in Boston in the space of three months, the Combahee River Collective created and self-published a document about violence against black women and created a series of creative artistic public demonstrations affirming the right of all women to live. In 2006 in response to verbal, physical and ideological violence against women of color and sex workers and people who have survived sexual assault in Durham North Carolina, UBUNTU in partnership with Men Against Rape Culture (MARC) created and self-published a document on how to support survivors of sexual violence.”

Queers Read This — “QUEERS READ THIS was distributed as a leaflet at the June 1990 Pride march in New York City. Anonymous queers offer this republication of QUEERS READ THIS as a contribution to the militant queer tendency. We are excited to find a text almost 20 years old that so eloquently expresses the deep anger and the desire for conflict that we feel every day living in a straight world. The authors define straightness as different from heterosexuality. Straightness is a force in the world and inside each of us that we must purge (p2). Straightness is normality. The norm for queer people is to take oppression lying down. These authors urge us to fight back. They ask why, when we are being bashed and killed, we freak out at angry queers who carry banners that say BASH BACK (p15). Of course, we could not agree more. The cultural references in this leaflet are, at times, outdated, but the rage is timeless.”

Out of Order: Queer and Trans Youth Resistance — “A zine for youth and by youth on resisting negative depictions of being queer and/or trans. We’re reclaiming the experience, the community, and talking about ways of building solidarity and pride.”

Toward the Queerest Insurrection

Answers of White People on Appropriation, Hair, and Anti-Racist Struggle — by Colin Kennedy Donovan and Qwo-Li Driskill!

Bound to Struggle: Where Kink and Radical Politics Meet

Superprisons in Canada: What They Are, How to Stop Them

[Added August 30, 2010]

Learning Good Consent — “Among a bunch of other topics, it has articles on consent for queer folk, survivors, and perpetrators plus an outline for a consent workshop.”

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