Lesbian Herstory Archives AudioVisual Collections

Karen Ryer Anderson


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Karen Ryer Anderson


Karen Anderson Ryer discusses her coming out process, and the acceptance of her parents. She talks about butch vs. fem, and changing generational attitudes. Discusses importance of feminism to lesbianism specifically, and differences from gay men’s movement. She details the split of “The Ladder” from the San Francisco chapter from DOB, and how she left to start a new magazine. Also mentions the integration of different lesbian communities – Oakland vs. San Francisco, and the impact of AIDS on the lesbian community.


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Photograph by: Morgan Gwenwald


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Lesbian Herstory Archives, Contact Designation: Maxine Wolfe, Contact Address: 484 14th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11215, Phone Number: 718-768-3953


“Karen Ryer Anderson,” Lesbian Herstory Archives AudioVisual Collections, accessed October 17, 2021, http://herstories.prattinfoschool.nyc/omeka/document/394.