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Stella Rush & Helen Sandoz, Tape 3 of 3, May 15, 1987

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Stella Rush & Helen Sandoz, Tape 3 of 3, May 15, 1987


women, bars, discrimination, domestic partnerships, families, Gay Liberation Movement, Government, hate crimes, homosexuality, incest, intergenerational relationships, job discrimination, The Ladder, Lesbian and Gay Civil Rights, mailing lists, mental health, mothers, older lesbians, parents of lesbians and gays, photography, police harassment, radical lesbians, rape, religion, Christianity, rumors, violence


Stella Rush and Helen Sandoz are interviewed in 1987. The interview mostly concerns Stella Rush, who talks about her childhood; specifically her encounters with incest and molestation. She also talks about her experiences with police discrimination in the 1950s and 1960s in L.A. Helen and Stella both talk about being editors of the Ladder and being a part of the DOB. Stella talks about workplace harassment, and fear of loser her job. They show photographs from the 1960s, including some of their cat. The video closes with the two discussing their wedding rings.

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“Stella Rush & Helen Sandoz, Tape 3 of 3, May 15, 1987,” Herstories: Audio/Visual Collections of the LHA, accessed March 22, 2019,