Alabama Forum Digital Repository

The Alabama Forum, published in Birmingham from 1977 to 2002 under editor June Holloway, was one of the longest-running news sources for the LBGTQ community in the state of Alabama. This digital collection consists of 245 issues, published from 1981 to 2002 and totaling more than 4,500 pages.
The Forum is a unique resource for researchers studying gay and lesbian culture from the late 1970s to the early 2000s, especially in Alabama and the greater South. It was a repository of local and national news related to contemporary LGBTQ issues and an important venue for publicizing events of interest to the community. It also gave space to advertisers and, especially early on, provided a much-needed directory of friendly organizations and businesses. The publication enabled readers to share their thoughts and experiences in guest editorials, letters to the editor, and creative pieces, and to make connections via classified and personal ads.