Focus/Maiden Voyage, a publication of the Boston chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis, 1969-1983

Title

Focus/Maiden Voyage, a publication of the Boston chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis, 1969-1983

Date

1969-1983

Description

The Daughters of Bilitis (DOB) was a lesbian organization founded in 1955 in San Francisco by Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon for the purpose of self-knowledge and self-acceptance, public education, involvement in research, and lobbying to change the laws criminalizing homosexuality. Starting primarily as a private social group for lesbians focused on the integration of the lesbian into mainstream society, the aims of the group shifted during the 1960s due to the changing political, social and economic conditions of the decade. The DOB took up political activism to lobby for the rights of lesbians, promoting individualism with a decreased emphasis on societal conformity. During the 1960s many regional chapters were chartered around the country and globally, continuing the organization even after the closing of the San Francisco national office in 1978.

The Boston chapter was founded in 1969 during a period when many homophile organizations were forming in Boston. Early leaders of the Boston DOB included Lois Johnson, Shari Barden, and Laura Robin/McMurry, who were prominent promoters of the group and its activities.

The Boston chapter published a newsletter, originally entitled Maiden Voyage, until 1971 when it was renamed Focus. The publication runs from December 1969 to October 1983.

Creator

Daughers of Bilitis (Boston, Mass.)

Collection Items

Focus: A Journal for Gay Women, 1972 November
An issue of the newsletter of the Boston chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis.

Focus: A Journal for Gay Women, 1972 October
An issue of the newsletter of the Boston chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis.

Focus: A Journal for Gay Women, 1972 September
An issue of the newsletter of the Boston chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis. With this issue, Focus discontinues volume/issue numbering.

Focus: A Journal for Gay Women, 1972 Summer
Volume 3, issue 1 of the newsletter of the Boston chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis.

Focus: A Journal for Gay Women, 1972 May
Volume 2, issue 12 of the newsletter of the Boston chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis. Pages 4 and 5 of the issue are missing.

Focus: A Journal for Gay Women, 1972 March-April
Volume 2, issue 11 of the newsletter of the Boston chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis.

Focus: A Journal for Gay Women, 1972 January-February
Volume 2, issue 10 of the newsletter of the Boston chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis.

Focus: A Journal for Gay Women, 1971 September
Volume 2, issue 9 of the newsletter of the Boston chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis.

Focus: A Journal for Gay Women, 1971 April
Volume 3, issue 5 of the newsletter of the Boston chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis. This issue may be mislabeled as volume 3, issue 5, rather than volume 2, issue 5, which would be the next sequential issue in the series.

Focus: A Journal for Gay Women, 1971 March
Volume 2, issue 4 of the newsletter of the Boston chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis. The first 14 issues of the newsletter were called "The Maiden Voyage." The publication was renamed "Focus" in 1971, beginning with this issue.

The Maiden Voyage: A Daughters of Bilitis Newsletter/Boston Chapter, 1971 February
Volume 2, issue 3 of the newsletter of the Boston chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis. The first 14 issues of the newsletter were called "The Maiden Voyage." The publication was renamed "Focus" in 1971. This issue is labeled volume 2, issue 3. There…

The Maiden Voyage: A Daughters of Bilitis Newsletter/Boston Chapter, 1971 January
Volume 2, issue 1 of the newsletter of the Boston chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis. The first 14 issues of the newsletter were called "The Maiden Voyage." The publication was renamed "Focus" in 1971.

The Maiden Voyage: A Daughters of Bilitis Newsletter/Boston Chapter, 1970 December
Volume 1, issue 12 of the newsletter of the Boston chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis. The first 14 issues of the newsletter were called "The Maiden Voyage." The publication was renamed "Focus" in 1971.

The Maiden Voyage: A Daughters of Bilitis Newsletter/Boston Chapter, 1970 November
Volume 1, issue 11 of the newsletter of the Boston chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis. The first 14 issues of the newsletter were called "The Maiden Voyage." The publication was renamed "Focus" in 1971.

The Maiden Voyage: A Daughters of Bilitis Newsletter/Boston Chapter, 1970 March
Volume 1, issue 10 of the newsletter of the Boston chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis. The first 14 issues of the newsletter were called "The Maiden Voyage." The publication was renamed "Focus" in 1971.

The Maiden Voyage: A Daughters of Bilitis Newsletter/Boston Chapter, 1970 September
Volume 1, issue 9 of the newsletter of the Boston chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis. The first 14 issues of the newsletter were called "The Maiden Voyage." The publication was renamed "Focus" in 1971.

The Maiden Voyage: A Daughters of Bilitis Newsletter/Boston Chapter, 1970 August
Volume 1, issue 8 of the newsletter of the Boston chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis. The first 14 issues of the newsletter were called "The Maiden Voyage." The publication was renamed "Focus" in 1971.

The Maiden Voyage: A Daughters of Bilitis Newsletter/Boston Chapter, 1970 June-July
Volume 1, issue 7 of the newsletter of the Boston chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis. The first 14 issues of the newsletter were called "The Maiden Voyage." The publication was renamed "Focus" in 1971.

The Maiden Voyage: A Daughters of Bilitis Newsletter/Boston Chapter, 1970 May
Volume 1, issue 6 of the newsletter of the Boston chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis. The first 14 issues of the newsletter were called "The Maiden Voyage." The publication was renamed "Focus" in 1971.

The Maiden Voyage: A Daughters of Bilitis Newsletter/Boston Chapter, 1970 April
Volume 1, issue 5 of the newsletter of the Boston chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis. The first 14 issues of the newsletter were called "The Maiden Voyage." The publication was renamed "Focus" in 1971.

The Maiden Voyage: A Daughters of Bilitis Newsletter/Boston Chapter, 1970 March
Volume 1, issue 4 of the newsletter of the Boston chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis. The first 14 issues of the newsletter were called "The Maiden Voyage." The publication was renamed "Focus" in 1971.

The Maiden Voyage: A Daughters of Bilitis Newsletter/Boston Chapter, 1970 February
Volume 1, issue 3 of the newsletter of the Boston chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis. The first 14 issues of the newsletter were called "The Maiden Voyage." The publication was renamed "Focus" in 1971.

The Maiden Voyage: A Daughters of Bilitis Newsletter/Boston Chapter, 1970 January
Volume 1, issue 2 of the newsletter of the Boston chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis. The first 14 issues of the newsletter were called "The Maiden Voyage." The publication was renamed "Focus" in 1971. The cover of the newsletter mistakenly notes…

The Maiden Voyage: A Daughters of Bilitis Newsletter/Boston Chapter, 1969 December
The inaugural issue (volume 1, issue 1) of the newsletter of the Boston chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis. The first 14 issues of the newsletter were called "The Maiden Voyage." The publication was renamed "Focus" in 1971.

Focus: A Journal for Gay Women, 1974 December
An issue of the newsletter of the Boston chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis.

Focus: A Journal for Gay Women, 1974 November
An issue of the newsletter of the Boston chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis.

Focus: A Journal for Gay Women, 1974 October
An issue of the newsletter of the Boston chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis. Pages 6 and 7 of the newsletter are missing.

Focus: A Journal for Gay Women, 1974 September
An issue of the newsletter of the Boston chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis.

Focus: A Journal for Gay Women, 1974 August
An issue of the newsletter of the Boston chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis.

Focus: A Journal for Gay Women, 1974 July
An issue of the newsletter of the Boston chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis.

Focus: A Journal for Gay Women, 1974 June
An issue of the newsletter of the Boston chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis.

Focus: A Journal for Gay Women, 1974 April
An issue of the newsletter of the Boston chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis.

Focus: A Journal for Gay Women, 1974 March
An issue of the newsletter of the Boston chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis. The pages in this issue appear to be misnumbered.

Focus: A Journal for Gay Women, 1974 February
An issue of the newsletter of the Boston chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis. Page 8 of the newsletter is missing.

Focus: A Journal for Gay Women, 1974 January
An issue of the newsletter of the Boston chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis. The date listed on the cover is January 1973, though the issue is from January 1974.

Focus: A Journal for Gay Women, 1973 December
An issue of the newsletter of the Boston chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis.

Focus: A Journal for Gay Women, 1973 November
An issue of the newsletter of the Boston chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis.

Focus: A Journal for Gay Women, 1973 October
An issue of the newsletter of the Boston chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis.

Focus: A Journal for Gay Women, 1973 September
An issue of the newsletter of the Boston chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis. The first page of the newsletter (after the cover page) is mislabeled as page 9.

Focus: A Journal for Gay Women, 1973 August
An issue of the newsletter of the Boston chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis.

Focus: A Journal for Gay Women, 1973 July
An issue of the newsletter of the Boston chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis.

Focus: A Journal for Gay Women, 1973 June
An issue of the newsletter of the Boston chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis.

Focus: A Journal for Gay Women, 1973 May
An issue of the newsletter of the Boston chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis.

Focus: A Journal for Gay Women, 1973 April
An issue of the newsletter of the Boston chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis.

Focus: A Journal for Gay Women, 1973 March
An issue of the newsletter of the Boston chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis.

Focus: A Journal for Gay Women, 1973 February
An issue of the newsletter of the Boston chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis.

Focus: A Journal for Gay Women, 1973 January
An issue of the newsletter of the Boston chapter of the Daughters of Bilitis.
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