It’s with great sadness that I report that Rose’s Repartee has ceased publishing. Repartee is a British TV/CD magazine that I wrote for, first in the printed edition and most recently in its online version. Repartee has been the premiere magazine for the transgender and crossdressing community in Europe for 27 years.
Martine Rose , its founder and editor, said “I am closing the repartee.tv website next month because I have just tired of the constant pressure to keep it updated and oversee the running of the members section” I can well understand her feelings knowing the considerable effort it takes to maintain Sister House, both content and cost-wise. You have to really love what you do to keep going at times.
Here’s a brief history of Repartee
1979 – The founding of Rose’s House
Martine Rose founded Rose’s House in Sheffield, UK in 1979 as a place to provide comprehensive help and support facilities for the transgender community. This was in the days long before ‘dressing services’ became almost commonplace. The regular parties during the 1980’s became extremely popular attracting guests from all over the country as so little else was available in those days.
1989 – The founding of Repartee Magazine
Rose’s House was such a great success that Martine launched Repartee Magazine as a printed publication in 1989. Because of its original lively approach to transvestism, Repartee grew rapidly from an initial 100 copies with photocopied pages into what soon became regarded as the leading magazine for transvestites in the UK, if not the world. It had a growing international readership and was consistently voted “Best Lifestyle magazine from UK” by The Tranny Guide.
As a printed magazine, Repartee had a great stylish design and was renowned for its excellent standard of production and varied content. Each issue was packed with useful information and support, lots of fabulous photos, readers’ letters, features, stories, event reviews and helpful fashion, make-up and dressing advice. Since 2004 it has been in full colour throughout. For many years it was all produced single-handed by Martine Rose but in later years, Bella Jay joined Martine and became editor of Repartee.
Repartee was years ahead of any rival publications that have since copied Repartee’s success. Repartee magazine has been described as “the best, most relevant magazine for the transgendered community” by Mary the Chair of the Manchester Concord Group.
1997 – The Repartee website
There has been a Repartee web site since 1997. Initially it served to provide help and information for the TG community and to promote our TV REPARTEE magazine and a shopping cart to sell the printed magazines was added in 2005. There was a further reincarnation of www.repartee.tv in 2014 when an enhanced on-line version of the printed magazine was introduced. The on-line versions were then reproductions of the printed magazine pages but we did not feel they were best way of reading our magazine on-line.
2016 – Repartee becomes online only
In mid-2016 we dropped the printed magazine but with this Rose’s Repartee site we will continue the high standard we set with the printed magazine but in a form more suited for the internet age. And most importantly it is all completely FREE. The members area is also new to this site.
Rose is still there.
Although the magazine is gone, Martine will continue to blog at http://www.roses-repartee.uk/. I will move my online articles to Sister House. You can read them here until her website disappears
I will miss Repartee as it is a great loss. It was part of my road to understanding during my earlier years, and particularly the time I spent in Germany in the late 60s and early 2000s. I wish good luck to Martine and thank her for accepting me as a contributor to a really great magazine.