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Lesbian History

In these pages learn about famous, infamous and not-so-famous lesbians and bisexuals of years gone by. . .
  1. Sappho of Lesbos

What is the Mattachine Society?
Early gay rights organization the Mattachine Society a homophile organization is part of our gay history.

Kate Clinton - Lesbian Comedian - Talks About LGBT Movement
Kate Clinton, lesbian comedian, spoke to Lesbian Life about the history of the LGBT movement, the Stonewall Rebellion, why humor is vital to our movement and why young activists are so important.

The Harlem Renaissance for Gays and Lesbians
The Harlem Renaissance was a time of cultural progress for African American artists, but it was also a significant time period for gays and lesbians.

Love that Dare Not Speak Its Name - Origin of Love That Dare Not Speak Its Name
Homosexuality was the Love that Dare Not Speak Its Name. This tells the origin of the phrase "The Love that Dare not Speak its Name."

The Third Sex - What is the Third Sex?
What is the meaning of the term the "third sex?"

Best Events for Lesbians of 2006 - Top Lesbian Events for 2006
What are the best events for lesbians of 2006? 2006 was a big year for lesbians. Out lesbian celebrity Rosie O'Donnell joined The View, gay marriage rulings happened in unexpected places and Civil Unions were passed in the US. Gay and lesbian athletes made great strides and young queers stood up their rights.

What is the origin of the word "Dyke"?
The word dyke is used to mean lesbian. What is the origin of the word dyke? Why do lesbians call themselves dykes?

What is the origin of the word lesbian?
What is the origin of the word lesbian?

Daughters of Bilitis
Daughters of Bilitis or DOB was one of the first national lesbian organizations. DOB published a monthly magazine called The Ladder.

Lesbian Separatism
Here is the definition of lesbian separatism in the Lesbian Life Glossary.

Stonewall: The Beginning of the Gay and Lesbian Pride Movement
It all started with a riot. On a summer day in 1969, gays and lesbians fought back for the first time and the modern day Gay Rights Movement was born.

Eleanor Roosevel was a Lesbian
Did the First Lady prefer Ladies? Evidence suggests it is so!

History of the Dyke March
Every year at gay pride, the lesbians have their own parade, called the Dyke March. When and why did lesbians decide to have their own parade?

Why do Lesbians Wear Black Triangles?
What the black triangle symbol mean for lesbians? Why do some lesbians wear black triangles?

Boston Marriage
Definition of Boston Marriage.

Gertrude "Ma" Rainey: Mother of the Blues
Ma Rainey was a Black lesbian or bisexual blues singer who sang "Prove it On Me Blues."

Phyllis Lyon: Lesbian Pioneer
Phyllis Lyon along with her partner Del Martin were early lesbian feminist activists and founders of the first national organization for lesbians.

Mabel Hampton: Black Lesbian Pioneer
Mabel Hampton was a Black lesbian in the United States in the 1920s. She saved memorabilia from her life as a dance during the Harlem Renaissance, which she donated to the Lesbian Herstory Archives. Because of Mabel Hampton, we know much about the lives of lesbians in our history.

Del Martin: Lesbian Activist
Del Martin, along with her partner Phyllis Lyon wrote the ground-breaking book Lesbian/Woman.

Lesbian Pulp Fiction
In the 1950s and 60s lesbians could read about themselves in the pages of lesbian pulp novels. With graphic sex descriptions and frank representation of the lesbian and bisexual lifestyle from that era.

Lesbian Pulp Covers Gallery
Lesbian Pulp novels of the 1950s and 60s featured racy artwork and pics of lesbians on their covers. Here is a photo gallery of lesbian pulp novel covers.

What does kiki mean for lesbians?

Lambda: Gay/Lesbian Pride Symbol
The Lambda is a symbol of gay pride

Lesbian Beard
What is the definition of a lesbian beard?

What is a labrys and what does it have to do with lesbians?

What is a bulldagger?

Boston Marriage
Women who lived together in the early 19th Century were often said to have "Boston Marriages." Women's History Guide Jone Johnson Lewis takes a look at this phenomenon.

Lesbian Herstory Archives
One of my favorite places to get lost in lives of our lesbian ancestors. It's all here, from lesbian pulp fiction to oral herstory and photos from our past.

Canadian Lesbian & Gay Archives
This site has more than 500 pages of queer history in Canada.

Best for LGBT in 2010 - The Best of 2010 for Gays, Lesbians, Bisexuals and...

2010 was a year of ups and downs for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and their supporters. Here we take a look at some of the best moments in 2010 for the LGBT community, gay rights and lesbian celebrities.

The Worst for LGBT in 2010

2010 was a year of ups and downs for gays, lesbians, bisexuals and their supporters. Here we take a look at some of the worst moments and events in 2010 for the LGBT community.

Golden Orchid Society
Lesbian and gay marriage is not something new. Ancient societies, such as the Golden Orchid Society in China were composed of women who spent their lives together, many as romantic and sexual life partners.

Lesbian Connection
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