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Debra, February 20, 1980 (Tape 1)

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Debra, February 20, 1980 (Tape 1)


Lesbians Conduct of Life
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
Lesbians--Romantic Relationships
Interracial Couples
Lesbians of Color
Gay Men


Debra discusses her experiences as a lesbian. She talks about her first lesbian relationship when she was 12, how she was married for one day, how her mother knew something was different about her, and how her sister figured out she was a lesbian because she was only married for one day.
She talks about her relationships with women, how she never openly acknowledged that she was gay but if she was asked she wouldn’t deny it.
They discuss monogamy, she was mostly faithful, but she also talks about jealous partners and how when one is accused of things, one might as well and go ahead and do it.
She doesn’t believe that a lesbian relationship is any different than a straight relationship.
They discuss bars and areas in Buffalo that she would frequent: Moon Glow bar, Pearls bar, Ralph Martins, Ryan’s Hotel, Little Harlem. They also discuss dating rituals, fashion, and relationship/ courting roles.

Date Created

1980, February 20


Debra (Interviewee) Madeline Davis (Interviewer), “Debra, February 20, 1980 (Tape 1),” Herstories: Audio/Visual Collections of the LHA, accessed February 18, 2020,