Tema [The theme (e.g. slang term meaning "queer")], no. 4 (12).

Moscow: Tema, 1992. Quarto (folded tabloid); 24 pp. Illustrated from photographs and drawings. Text lightly age-toned; a few very small nicks; overall very good.

Single issue of this early post-Perestroika gay-themed periodical, edited by Roman Kalinin (born 1966), a gay activist and journalist. The journal, with the title meaning both "topic" and a slang expression for "queer", was founded when the Soviet Union was still in existence, in 1989, and the first issues appeared in samizdat form in Riga, in 1990. Registered in accordance with the Russian "Zakon o pechati" (Law on print media), it became the first officially recognized gay journal. With articles, editorials, and many photographic reproductions, as well as personal ads in Russian and English. Altogether, 13 issues appeared from 1990 to 1993. Kalinin also founded the Moscow Union of Lesbians and Gay Men, Russia's first gay and lesbian organization. Scarce in the trade; we cannot trace any copies on offer in Russia nor in the West. Book ID: 50434

Price: $250.00

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