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LHA Daughters of Bilitis Video Project: Barbara Sang, 1989


LHA Daughters of Bilitis Video Project: Barbara Sang, 1989


Barbara Sang is a licensed psychologist who has worked in independent practice in New York City for over three decades. Sang has been involved in lesbian activism since the late 1960s and is a co-founder of the Homosexual Community Counseling Centre (1971), helping from 1974-78 to develop its journal. Sang’s research and innovations in psychotherapy for lesbians have been described as “groundbreaking” and she was one of the earliest psychologists to take an affirmative approach despite pathological models being dominant at the time. She is one of the editors of Lesbians at Midlife: The Creative Transition and also enjoys nature photography.

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    Barbara Sang is interveiwed in 1989. She talks about how she went through psychotherapy and attempted to live as a heterosexual woman. She discusses her role in the New York chapter of DOB as the Education Chair and the programs and events she organized as well as finding as much information as she could about gays and lesbians. She also talks about DOB in the 1960s and the privacy it afforded its members, not insisting that they come out, which was criticized by more radical movements.

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