Vice Versa was the first lesbian magazine published in the United States. It ran for nine issues, released monthly from June 1947 to February 1948. Edythe Eyde—known by her pen name, “Lisa Ben,” an anagram of “lesbian”—published the magazine. She typed it by hand at her job at RKO Studios and wrote most of the content herself, which included book reviews, short stories, poetry, and more.
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The If Club was a lesbian nightclub established in the 1940s. It was popular among working-class lesbians and had a reputation as a space for butch lesbians. The If Club was a primary distribution spot for the lesbian magazine, Vice Versa, written and published by Lisa Ben.
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