The first Dykes Forum article appeared in GCN, issue 38, March 1992, penned under the pseudonym Sheela-Na-Gig. In the article, the author explains the origins of the term dyke and muses on how, after observing the dyke-like appearance of the local female doctor, she was inspired to wear a shirt and tie to school when she was only five or six.
The column became a regular feature of the magazine and ran for about seven years. Whilst the earliest articles focused on butch identity, it quickly grew to give voice to anybody who identified as female with tendencies towards same-sex attraction. It covered a range of issues that affected women, irrespective of their sexuality such as; orgasms, rape, and periods; to issues more specifically geared towards LGBTQ+ women, such as trans acceptance within the lesbian community, coming out to your doctor, and lesbian motherhood. Contributions came from all sectors of the community and ranged from the intensely personal, to the occasional ‘call-to-arms’ political, to addressing broader issues within the community.