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Nelson Poynter Memorial Library -- Catalogs; Florida -- Archival resources; Archives -- Florida -- Catalogs; Lesbian and gay experience; Homosexuality; Feminism -- Florida -- Tampa Bay Region -- Periodicals; Lesbianism -- Florida -- Tampa Bay Region -- Periodicals; Local and Regional History Provenance; LGBTQ Provenance


Womyn’s Words was a monthly periodical published by the Women’s Energy Bank, Inc. that began in 1983. Pat Ditto and other editors and contributors to this publication devoted their efforts to the St. Petersburg and Tampa Bay area in support of the local LGBTQ+ community. Although they primarily advocated for the empowerment and civil rights of women, they also spent a significant amount of time supporting political causes that would benefit the gay community as a whole. Significantly, Womyn’s Words, as early as 1996, was promoting intersectional awareness with their “Afro-Centric Series.” A large portion of their publications was used to promote social activities such as concerts and dances, fundraisers for individuals in need, and praise for achievements within the community. As such it was a vital vehicle for organizing and building support in order to influence change for a group of people frequently marginalized by the larger society. This collection was maintained by Pat Ditto and received from Phyllis Plotnik in June 2016. "Women's Words" and "Womyn's Words" were both used as the title for this periodical.

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