Lesbian Herstory Archives AudioVisual Collections

LHA Daughters of Bilitis Video Project: Lois Johnson & Sheri Barden, 1989

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LHA Daughters of Bilitis Video Project: Lois Johnson & Sheri Barden, 1989

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Lois Johnson
Lois met Sheri Barden, in 1964 and they were married on March 27, 2008. While she majored in English in college, today Lois Johnson has a job in real estate. She has belonged to Boston Lesbian & Gay Political Alliance, Daughters of Bilitis, and the LGBT Aging Project. The Gay Pride parade has always been an extremely important event for Lois. She has been attending the parade for 40 years. At the time of the first Gay Pride Parade, Johnson worked at WGMH-TV producing children’s shows. Sheri Barden didn’t want her to march because she thought it might get Johnson fired. Despite Sheri’s wishes, Johnson did participate in the second Gay Pride parade. Johnson sees the political aspect of the parade as a way of achieving gay marriage legislation and legislation getting rid of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.

Sheri Barden
Sheri married Lois Johnson in March of 2008. At the age of 18, Sheri served in the United States Army during World War II for five years. Sheri explains “that out of the 270 females that were stationed with her in France, 200 were gay”. Today Sheri Barden is a picture framer and runs a bed and breakfast. She has been involved with the Boston Lesbian & Gay Political Alliance, Daughters of Bilitis, and the LGBT Aging Project in addition to other local groups. Just like her wife Lois, Sheri has been attending the Gay Pride Parade for 40 years.

**Johnson, L. and Barden, S. (1995, October 9). [DOB revised script]. DOB Oral History Project, Daughters of Bilitis. Herstory Archives, Brooklyn, New York.

Montalvo, A. (2010, July 20). The walls talk in South End lesbians’ home. South End News. Retrieved from http://www.mysouthend.com.

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    The interview begins with Lois Johnson, who discusses when she realized that she was a lesbian, which caused her to move out to California and take a job in journalism. It was there that she met a woman who eventually became her lover, and they used to play music together. Sheri Barden talks about her social life after she met Lois Johnson, though she did like to party with her landlord, who was also a lesbian, though these social affairs pretty much came to an end when her relationship began with Lois.
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    In the second part of this two part interview, Lois Johnson discusses expressing herself emotionally, and how she repressed her anger initially, unlike Sheri, who would often explode, leading to a lot of crying in the early part of their relationship. However, she continues to believe in love and commitment, and credits Sheri for having a great sense of humor Sheri Barden also talks about her businesses, including a bed and breakfast, which houses many lesbians. The two then reminisce on what they have in common, including their love of cats.

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