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LHA Daughters of Bilitis Video Project: Jean Ko Stewart, 1989


LHA Daughters of Bilitis Video Project: Jean Ko Stewart, 1989


Born and raised in Boston, Jean Ko Stewart worked as a Research technician. In the late 60s, after hearing from friends that it was possible in to wear slacks to work in California, she moved there and worked for the University of California at Irvine for 14 years. She then moved back to Boston, which she always regarded as home. Jean was the Vice President of the Boston chapter of DOB for which she conceived of and organized fundraising events such as dances and concerts. Currently Jean works as a kundalini yoga instructor in Boston.

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    Jean Ko Stewart speaks about meeting with the Daughters of Bilitis community
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    Jean Ko Stewart is interviewed in Boston in 1989. She discusses her early relationships with women and coming out. She speaks about her role as the Vice President of the Boston chapter, which involved organizing dances and concerts and a focus on providing a community space for lesbians. She compares the political and social climate of California and Boston, and considers Boston’s racial climate at the time. Jean explains that she moved to California because she heard that women wore slacks to work, which was considered unacceptable in Boston in the 1960s.

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