Lesbian comics and cartoons

Fueled by the women’s and the gay liberation movements, as well as the rise of feminist and LGBTQI press, comics and cartoons with lesbian content proliferated in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands from the 1970s till the 1990s.

The exhibition Grapphic Sapphic takes visitors back to that time, showcasing comic strips and cartoons from IHLIA’s collection and the personal archives of the artists, original artwork, clips with some of the artists talking about their work and the context that facilitated it, as well as other objects and interactive elements that help bring the comics to life.

The exhibition takes place at IHLIA on the third floor of Oosterdokskade 143 in Amsterdam until July 9. 

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may 2023


Collecting the past and present informs and inspires the future

IHLIA is the heritage organisation with a socially relevant and indispensable collection. 

IHLIA is continuously involved in collecting information about the LGBTI community and making it accessible. Anyone can turn to IHLIA for information about homosexuals, lesbians, bisexuals and transgenders, and about their history, everyday life and culture.



Search directly in the collection

The IHLIA collection contains rare documents. To safeguard the quality of our collection, you may peruse all the material, but only at our location. On your request, we prepare everything you need. 


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In the run-up to August 2023 the Gay Games will be brought to life through known and unknown anecdotes and stories, videos and photos

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OBA Oosterdok
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1011 DL Amsterdam

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