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Herstories:  Audio/Visual Collections of the LHA

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Joe, April 18, 1979 (Tape 1)

Side A: Joe talks about the social atmosphere in the 1920s through the 1940s. He talks about Service Clubs and Music Circles as vehicles for social interaction but claims not to know of any exclusively gay or lesbian social groups. He also talks…

Linda, November 19, 1978 (Tape 1)

Linda talks about her relationships and the idea there are no longer clearly defined lesbian roles (i.e. butch and femme) in relationships, as there were when she first came out in the 1960s. She describes her family life growing up and when she…

Joan, September 11, 1978 (Tape 1)

Side A: Joan discusses the distinction between butch and femme lesbians, the differences between the white and black gay communities, the Buffalo lesbian bar scene, and coming out in the 1960s.

Side B: Joan discusses the class divisions in the…

Mary Ann, October 15, 1988 (Tape 1)

Side A: Mary Ann discusses her experiences going out in public with her girlfriends, and the treatment they receive at restaurants, bars, and on the street. She mentions that their public treatment is very often instigated by the masculine way her…

Pat and DJ, November 11, 1986 (Tape 1)

Side A: Liz and Madeline ask Pat and DJ for feedback on a draft of "Boots of Leather, Slippers of Gold." Pat claims the book paints too rosy a picture of lesbian life, underplaying the prejudice most lesbians encountered in the 1940s and '50s. Both…

Pat, June 6, 1978 (Tape 2)

Side A: Pat talks about her childhood in North Port, N.Y., her relationship with her parents and siblings. She goes into detail about her estranged relationship with her older sister. She describes when she first knew that she was a lesbian and tells…

Paula, January 18, 1990 (Tape 1)

Side A: Paula describes various locations where gay men and women would meet each other, like Kleinman's Corner and bars such as Ralph Martin's. Often these locations also served as hubs for sex workers. She speaks about the rigidly defined roles of…

Mary T., July 7, 1978 (Tape 2)

Mary describes the bar scene, parties, fashion, music, bar layouts, and fights at Bingo's and Carousel bars.

Pat and DJ, November 11, 1986 (Tape 2)

Side A: Pat and DJ continue the discussion of relationships during the 1950s from tape cassette SPW457. The two women discuss aspects of how to make relationships long lasting and the importance or lack thereof of sexual intimacy in relationships.…