Lesbian Herstory Archives AudioVisual Collections

Sidney Abbott video recordings, 1995


Sidney Abbott video recordings, 1995


Abbott was an American lesbian and feminist author and activist. Along with many other members of the gay Liberation Front (GLF) and the National Organization for Women (NOW), Abbott was a former member of the lesbian radical feminist group Lavender Menace which protested the exclusion of lesbians from the feminist movement. Abbott was one of the most vocal members of NOW, always advocating for the inclusion of lesbian issues alongside feminist issues. She is also well-known for co-authoring the groundbreaking Sappho Was A Right-On Woman: A Liberated View of Lesbianism (1971) with her partner, Barbara Love. Her advocacy for lesbian and feminst issues has included the creation of the Women’s Rights Are Human Rights nonprofit in 2007 and the 2008 establishment of the In Our Shoes newsletter which emphasized issues of class, poverty, and politics. Abbott tragically passed away in a house fire in Southold, New York on April 15, 2015.

Further audio recordings of Abbott can be found in the Lesbian Nation digital exhibition. 

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