A Gift of Age: Old Lesbian Life Stories
After a decade of amassing interviews of women born early in the 1900s, The Old Lesbian Oral Herstory Project released its first book, a retelling of the stories of 22 lesbians, each offering a valuable glimpse into what it was like to be a lesbian during a unique and challenging period in American history. Stories in A Gift of Age will make you think. Life as a lesbian today isn't always easy. There is still work to be done. Leading a lesbian life through the mid 20th century was often isolating. Telling about taking an all-lesbian cruise once she had reached her 60s, Lois, whose story is in the book, said, "It was the first time in my life I felt what it was like to be normal. I feel like everybody else gets to feel normal every day in their life." Extreme caution, and often fear, was the norm in the lives of the women of this era.
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Without Apology: Old Lesbian Life Stories
It's hard to imagine today what it was like for a woman to live in a time when she had never heard the word lesbian, when there were no lesbian organizations, and when she had to be careful what she wore to the bar because a woman could be arrested simply for wearing pants or the wrong shoes. These are just some of the experiences shared in Without Apology: Old Lesbian Life Stories which shares the stories of ordinary, yet remarkable, women. Each story offers a valuable glimpse into what it was like to be a lesbian during a unique and challenging period in American history. "I often say that I fall just a little bit in love with each old lesbian I interview," says Arden Eversmeyer, director of the Old Lesbian Oral Herstory Project, "and I think you will too."
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Note sent to the OLOHP: What you have done is so important that I think even you don’t understand it. This will have a life of its own and be around way after we are gone. To have thought this up, seen the need, and assumed the effort to get it done is phenomenal. I really do salute you.
TF says: The women that the OLOHP has brought to us have lived remarkable lives, often solitary and private, and we are far richer for knowing these women, their struggles and their passion.
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