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Judy T., 1978 (Tape 2)

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Title

Judy T., 1978 (Tape 2)

Subject

Lesbians
Lesbians Conduct of life
Lesbians--Employment
Lesbians--Family relationships
Lesbians--Social life and customs
Lesbians--United States--Interviews
Lesbians--United States--Identity
Lesbians--United States--Social conditions
Lesbians--New York (State)--Buffalo--History--20th century
Lesbians--New York (State)--Buffalo--Social conditions
Lesbianism--United States
Lesbianism--Social aspects
Lesbianism--United States--History
Roles--Butch and Femme
Lesbian and gay experience
Gay bars
Discrimination

Description

Judy discusses butch and femme identities, social interactions, and role play within relationships. She expresses relief over how these once rigid demarcations of identity have become more flexible within the lesbian community. Later, however, she notes "class" differences that continue to striate lesbians as a social group.

The social conditions, the acceptance of lesbians, and "openness" of homosexuals are compared between New York, Florida, and Toronto. References are made to anti-gay activist Anita Bryant and others who put social pressure on lesbians to stay closeted.

Additionally, Judy touches upon negotiating workplace discrimination and "nosy" neighbors. She briefly mentions her relationship to her family and what it was like growing up in Buffalo.

Date Created

1978

Citation

Judy T., “Judy T., 1978 (Tape 2),” LHA Herstories: Audio/Visual Collections of the LHA, accessed May 26, 2020, http://herstories.prattinfoschool.nyc/omeka/document/SPW451.