huerca zafada

bihet feminism lite, you credulous troglodytes
Posts tagged "lesbians"



i12bent:Colette, French novelist who was as famous for her free (and therefore scandalous) life style as for her writing, died on Aug. 3, 1954…
Photo: Colette, 1925 - LIFE archives




i12bent:Colette, French novelist who was as famous for her free (and therefore scandalous) life style as for her writing, died on Aug. 3, 1954…

Photo: Colette, 1925 - LIFE archives


The Lesbian Poetry Archive is a project undertaken from both love and fear. The love is for poetry written by lesbians. Since I first encountered May Sarton’s Letters from Maine (a volume blessedly available from the B. Dalton Bookstore at the mall in Saginaw, MI) as a teenager, I have been searching for and gathering lesbian poetry around me as a way to both sustain and nourish myself. At every point in my life, I have turned to lesbian poetry as a way to understand my own experiences as a lesbian and to gather information and experiences of other lesbians living in the world at different locations and in various times. In my fantasy life as a reader, I was striving with these poets to create meaning through shared experiences.

The fear in this project is of losing the works of lesbian poets—and of forgetting what existed. The two decades between 1969 and 1989 represented a robust time for lesbian poetry and lesbian poets. During this time, activism flourished in the feminist movement, the gay liberation movement, the women’s health movement, and, in the later years, in collective responses to AIDS. From this consciousness-raising, political organizing, and general atmosphere of possibility, lesbian poets were writing and, just as important, printing and distributing their work. Publication of collections of poems, chapbooks, broadsides, and other small-print production through lesbian and feminist publishers thrived with dozens of small presses being founded and producing and distributing the cultural responses to the movements. Given the small print runs and the informal nature of some of the presses, there is no comprehensive bibliography of the cultural production of this time period. In scholarly work, very little has been written about the work that happened to document and interpret it for future generations. Moreover, in addition to many of the books falling out of print, only a small number of the poets writing during this time have found other publishers and remain in print. I am interested, through the Lesbian Poetry Archive, in addressing some of these conditions so that we do not lose—or forget—the work of lesbian poets, both during the decades that I have discussed and within a broader historical framework. These women’s words mattered then, and we must ensure that they matter now.


(via dykesanddykery)


Opening Doors London, the charity for older LGBT people, is seeking donations and volunteers.

The service, run by Age UK, offers information, help, ‘befrienders’ and social activities for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people over the age of 50.

It is estimated that there are 100,000 older LGBT people in the capital and Opening Doors London says many are isolated from family and friends.

Research suggests that up to 75 per cent of older lesbians‚ gay men and bisexuals live alone, compared with 33 per cent of the general older population. Ninety per cent have no children to call upon during difficult times.

The charity says many older LGBT people are still not out because of past attitudes and experiences.

Nick Maxwell, the men’s co-ordinator for the project, said: “Opening Doors London really is a lifeline for many of the hundreds of members of the project.

“For many of the service users who attend the groups or who are being befriended by our LGBT volunteers, the service is often the only real contact they have with anyone else from week to week, much less the only contact with the LGBT community.”

Opening Doors London has commissioned a short film (see below) to show how the service works, with contributions from people who use it.

Mr Maxwell continued: “We owe these men and women so much for all the rights and protections we now enjoy. What we hope to get from this video is increased awareness of the project and the needs of older LGBT people, new volunteers and of course donations to support this valuable work.”

In the short film, Wille, 74, says: “We’re elderly folk and we come from a generation where you kept quiet about it.

“It’s nice now to be meeting with people like yourself, who you don’t have to be on edge with or worry about putting your foot in it.”

Marion, 68, says: “As we get older, there’s no escaping it, we need more done for us, and so we need to be supported to make choices, by people who are informed about us and
are willing to get to know us. I think Opening Doors is terrific in that respect, as that’s exactly what it does.”

To find out more about donating or volunteering, see

(video at the link)

Just FYI, London followers.


Labeled “Mae Snyder.”

This could be two women just standing close for the camera, but take a look at the backward tilt of the one woman’s hand, reaching back affectionately to touch the other woman. Intimate. I don’t know which one is Mae.

This photo is from John Lampert’s collection of gay and lesbian vintage photos.

Among the dire results of my “unnaturalness” I had been told that I should go blind and go mad. I believed this. In a kind of cold reasonableness, I tried to teach myself to type and play the piano with my eyes shut, against the time I should be blind.
Valentine Ackland, in the aftermath of her parents’ discovery in 1922 that she and a school friend, Lana, had been lovers. She was forbidden any further communication with Lana. For Sylvia: An Honest Account, 1985. (from Lesbian Quotations, Rosemary Silva)

(via oizysyzio)


A woman wearing a tank top and sunglasses holds up a sign that says "Curiosity made the cat purr. Pride 2009."

2009 New York Dyke March

I had a chance to read a copy of The Well of Loneliness that had been translated into Polish before I was taken into the camps. I was a young girl at the time, around twelve or thirteen, and one of the ways I survived in the camp was by remembering that book. I wanted to live long enough to kiss a woman.
A Jewish woman, in a conversation at the Lesbian Herstory Archives, quoted by Joan Nestle, in the Lesbian Herstory Archives Newsletter, June 1992. (from Lesbian Quotations, Rosemary Silva)


A vintage picture of a woman's head and shoulders. Her expression is blank, if slightly forlorn. It is signed in cursive "Nazimova."

Alla Nazimova (1879-1945), a bisexual actor very popular with the ladies of her time. She was also very popular at the box office; at one time, she enjoyed being the highest paid actress around and starred in successful films like Camille  (1921) and The Bridge of San Luis Rey (1944). However, between the creation of the Hays Code and the failure of the all-gay film adaptation of Salomé she produced (and for which she created her own motion picture company!), her career and power in Hollywood began to erode.


A man and a woman wear flying saucers around their hips, star tights, and hats that have silver antennae coming out of them. The woman is topsless and painted entirely blue. She also wears pink sunglasses. The man is green.

Brighton Pride 2008 - Aliens