What OLOHP Women Are Up To
Not surprisingly, the women who have shared their stories with the OLOHP are a fascinating bunch. So much so that we decided to devote a page on our website to highlight some of the many endeavors in which they are currently involved.
San Diego, California
Born 1940, Interviewed 2011
Lillian Faderman is an internationally known scholar of lesbian history and literature, as well as ethnic history and literature. Among her many honors are six Lambda Literary Awards, two American Library Association Awards, and several lifetime achievement awards for scholarship. She is the author of The Gay Revolution and the New York Times Notable Books, Surpassing the Love of Men and Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers.
Lillian's books are available thru Amazon.com as well as most other booksellers.
A Memorable Morning with Lillian!
In 2013, the OLOHP hosted a conference: Celebrating Our Legacies. Lillian was the keynote speaker, and as expected, gave an incredible and informative presentation on fighting the erasure of lesbians from history.
What made the presentation even more memorable was that just as she was beginning to speak, there was a power outage… here we were, a room full of conference attendees, a digital projector running the graphics for her presentation, another being used to provide the verbiage on a screen for those with hearing challenges… and of course, the sound system and lights! We lost it all. For whatever reason, the hotel did have power in an adjoining area, so the staff got to work running extension cords, dragging in extra lights, and more. After about 30 minutes of scrambling, between the hotel staff and lots a tech-savvy, determined women, Lillian started again… only to have the power come back on a few minutes later. Lillian would have kept right on going with her presentation except the hotel, without thinking, came back in disconnected the power that had been run from the adjoining room. Yes, we still had lights, but now all the computers and projectors had to be restarted! Lillian was a trooper, took it all in stride, and gave us a morning none of us with soon forget.
The Gay Revolution: The Story of the Struggle
By Lillian Faderman
The sweeping story of the struggle for gay and lesbian rights—based on amazing interviews with politicians, military figures, and members from the entire LGBT community who face these challenges every day: “This is the history of the gay and lesbian movement that we’ve been waiting for” (The Washington Post).
The fight for gay and lesbian civil rights—the years of outrageous injustice, the early battles, the heart-breaking defeats, and the victories beyond the dreams of the gay rights pioneers—is the most important civil rights issue of the present day. In “the most comprehensive history to date of America’s gay-rights movement” (The Economist), Lillian Faderman tells this unfinished story through the dramatic accounts of passionate struggles with sweep, depth, and feeling.
The Gay Revolution begins in the 1950s, when gays and lesbians were criminals, psychiatrists saw them as mentally ill, churches saw them as sinners, and society victimized them with hatred. Against this dark backdrop, a few brave people began to fight back, paving the way for the revolutionary changes of the 1960s and beyond. Faderman discusses the protests in the 1960s; the counter reaction of the 1970s and early eighties; the decimated but united community during the AIDS epidemic; and the current hurdles for the right to marriage equality.
“A compelling read of a little-known part of our nation’s history, and of individuals whose stories range from heart-wrenching to inspiring to enraging to motivational” (Chicago Tribune), The Gay Revolution paints a nuanced portrait of the LGBT civil rights movement. A defining account, this is the most complete and authoritative book of its kind.