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Pat G., May 21, 19?? (Tape 1)

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Title

Pat G., May 21, 19?? (Tape 1)

Subject

Lesbian and gay experience

Description

Side A: Pat discusses her experiences as an African American lesbian. She developed friendships and relationships with both white and black gay women in the 1950s. She denies there were any racial tension in the Buffalo lesbian community; Pat says her experience was very inclusive. She also discusses experiencing police harassment, but says that she longer experiences discrimination from law enforcement. Pat discusses her wardrobe in the 1950s, which was composed of mens' clothing, and where she used to shop.

Side B: Pat discusses her friendship and romantic relationship with Jerry Jones, a male impersonator, who was well known in the 1950s Buffalo lesbian community. Pat discusses her move to Albany, N.Y., in the late 1950s and the birth of her daughter in 1957. She also mentions her experiences at after-hour bars which were only open to African Americans. While she used to frequent them in her early years, she no longer goes. Pat identifies as a butch lesbian and discusses the differences between butches and femmes. When she was younger she did not allow her partner to touch her during sex, but is much more open to the idea now. According to Pat, many butch lesbians did not receive sexual contact from their partners.

Date Created

19??-05-12

Rights

<a href="/omeka/rights-statement" target="_blank"> See the LHA Copyright Statement </a>

Citation

Liz Lapovsky and Pat G., “Pat G., May 21, 19?? (Tape 1),” Herstories: Audio/Visual Collections of the LHA, accessed February 18, 2020, http://herstories.prattinfoschool.nyc/omeka/document/SPW%23%20467.