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Lesbian Herstory Archives Audio Visual Collections

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Audre Lorde

Audre Lorde (February 18, 1934 – November 17, 1992) was a Caribbean-American poet, activist, and theorist who was highly influential in matters of both civil rights and feminism. 

These cassettes were donated to the Archives by different individuals and were recorded at public events including the 1979 march on Washington for gay and lesbian civil rights, a 1982 poetry reading, women's writing conferences in the late '70s and early '80s, and more.

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Boots of Leather, Slippers of Gold

Boots of Leather, Slippers of Gold is an intimate history of a lesbian community in Buffalo, New York. Ranging from the mid-1930s through the early 1960s, this ethnography of lesbian society is narrated with the backdrop of an average American city. The accounts within capture the complexity of lesbian culture, during a time period before the gay and lesbian liberation movements. The book focuses on the growth of consciousness and identity within the bar and house party community, and then the emergence of social and behavioral norms and rules.

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Daughters of Bilitis Video Project

This collection is composed of videos digitized from the Daughters of Bilitis Video Project collection at the Lesbian Herstory Archives. The Daughters of Bilitis was a social and activist group founded in 1955. The Video Project began in 1987 and was sponsored by the Lesbian Herstory Educational Foundation Inc. The project was originally based on a suggestion by Morgan Gwenwald, who wrote several grants to help fund the project and contributed all of the still photographs included in the collection.

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Dyke TV

Dyke TV was a groundbreaking public access program founded in 1993 by Mary Patierno, Ana Marie Simo and Linda Chapman. An offshoot of the Lesbian Avengers, the mission of Dyke TV was to incite, provoke and organize communities to create tangible change.  The program sought to increase lesbian visibility and to systemically change people's views of lesbians, gay rights and women's rights.

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Lesbian Nation

The Lesbian Nation radio show is one of the early LGBT radio shows that specifically focused on issues in the community and revolved around LGBT subject mattered. It was produced in the 70s, during the rise of gay and lesbian liberation movements, by Martha Shelley (1943 - Present), an American lesbian activist. After college, Shelley joined the Daughters of Bilitis (DOB) (1955-1995), a lesbian civil and political rights orgaanization, eventually becoming president of the NY chapter.

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Mabel Hampton Oral History

Mabel Hampton (1902-1989) was an African-American lesbian, an activist, a domestic worker, and a dancer. Born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, she lost her mother when she was only two years old. For the next five years, her maternal grandmother raised Mabel, but she too passed away. In 1909, she moved to Greenwich Village in New York City at age seven. Less than a year after moving in with her aunt, her uncle, a minister, raped Mabel. She ran away to New Jersey, buying a bus ticket purchased with a nickel given to her by a woman on the street.

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No More Invisible Women Exhibition

The Women’s Committee of ACT UP NY worked to prevent exclusion of women and minorities from clinical and experimental drug trials. From 1988-1989, the Women’s Committee conducted extensive research to support the cause. The committee dove deep into medical reviews, conducted interviews with women infected with AIDS, doctors who had treated women with AIDS and created a list of the infections specific to women. Their research was organized into three categories and became the basis of future actions.

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