Lesbian Herstory Archives AudioVisual Collections

Lesbian Nation (1972-07-28)

Item

T81_1_33.jpg

Title

Lesbian Nation (1972-07-28)

Subject

Women’s liberation, Publishing, Coming out, Sexuality

Description

Martha Shelley interviews Gene Damon aka Barbara Grier, founder of the lesbian magazine The Ladder (1956-1972). They discuss the beginnings of The Ladder and how it evolved from a smaller publication within the Daughters of Bilitis (DOB) into an independent publication. Grier discusses the shift in content as well once the magazine became independent of the Daughters of Bilitis. Grier felt that under DOB they were focused on presenting a clean public image of lesbians to society at large and that this was reflected in what was published in older versions of The Ladder. Once Grier became the editor, she felt it was important to address topics like sexuality, saying “we began running material that deals with sex honestly and forthrightly.”

Date

7/28/1972

Extent

0:32:54

Language

English

Identifier

T81_1_33

Provenance

Gift of Martha Shelley

Rights Holder

Lesbian Herstory Archives

Interviewee

Damon, Gene; Grier, Barbara

Interviewer

Shelley, Martha

Host

Shelley, Martha

Physical Format

Open reel audiotape (71/2)

Digital Format

audio/wav

Collection

Citation

“Lesbian Nation (1972-07-28),” Lesbian Herstory Archives AudioVisual Collections, accessed August 2, 2021, http://herstories.prattinfoschool.nyc/omeka/document/T81_1_33.