Lesbian Culture Artifacts That Changed Lives


As women’s history month draws to a close, it seems important to highlight this sort of list.

To accompany Frank Rich’s essay on Carol, the Todd Haynes adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s classic lesbian novel, New York invited 28 people to share a specific piece of lesbian cultural history that moved them most. Here are their answers.

Spring Fire by Vin Packer (Marijane Meaker), 1952
The “Beebo Brinker” series by Ann Bannon (Ann Weldy), beginning 1957

Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh, 1964

Eye to Eye: Portraits of Lesbians Photographs by JEB, 1979

Sex Variant Women in Literature by Jeannette H. Foster, 1956

Rachel and the Seven Wonders by Netta Syrett, 1923

Bagdad Cafe, 1987

I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing, 1987

Zami: A New Spelling of My Name by Audre Lorde, 1982

Say Jesus and Come to Me 

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