Organa: The First Portuguese Lesbian Magazine

J Homosex. 2016;63(4):575-99. doi: 10.1080/00918369.2015.1088309. Epub 2015 Oct 16.


Organa magazine (1990-1992) is the first known lesbian publication in Portugal and exemplifies the distinct course of lesbian activism in Portugal, namely the late emergence and consolidation of a national lesbian community and subculture. Organa also bears similarities with the international gay and lesbian press regarding its alternative character, objectives, editorial contents, and trajectory. Despite having adopted an assimilationist strategy during most of its existence, it is argued that Organa fostered the political mobilization of Portuguese lesbians.

Keywords: Alternative media; Organa; Portugal; lesbian activism; lesbian press.

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Homosexuality, Female*
  • Humans
  • Periodicals as Topic*
  • Portugal