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Different Daughters

A History of the Daughters of Bilitis and the Rights of the Lesbian Rights Movement
Gallo, Marcia M. (Book - 2006)
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Nearly fifteen years before the birth of gay liberation, the Daughters of Bilitis (DOB) was the world's first organization committed to lesbian visibility and empowerment. Like its predominantly gay male counterpart, the Mattachine Society, DOB was launched in response to the oppressive anti-homosexual climate of the McCarthy era, when lesbian and gay people were arrested, fired from jobs, and had their children taken away simply because of their sexual orientation. It was against this political backdrop that a circle of San Francisco lesbians formed a private club where lesbians could meet others in a safe, affirming setting. The small social group evolved over the next two decades into a national organization that counted more than a dozen chapters, and laid the foundation for today's lesbian rights movement. Different Daughters chronicles this movement and the women who fought the church and state in order to change not only our nation's perception of homosexuality but how lesbians see themselves. Marcia Gallo has interviewed dozens of former DOB members, many of whom have never spoken on record. Through its leaders, magazine, and network of local chapters, DOB played a crucial role in creating lesbian identity, visibility, and political strategies in Cold War America.
Authors: Gallo, Marcia M.
Title: Different daughters
a history of the Daughters of Bilitis and the rights of the lesbian rights movement
Publisher: New York : Carroll & Graf Publishers ; [Berkeley, CA?] : Distributed by Publishers Group West, 2006
Edition: 1st Carroll & Graf ed
Characteristics: xliv, 274 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill. ;,23 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Marcia M. Gallo
ISBN: 9780786716340
Branch Call Number: 306.7663 G172d 2006
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 219-235) and index
Subject Headings: Lesbian activists United States Gay rights United States History Ladder Daughters of Bilitis
Topical Term: Lesbian activists
Gay rights
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List - Multcolib Picks: LGBTQ history by: multcolib May 15, 2014

“Beginning as a tiny San Francisco social club in 1955, the [Daughters of Bilitis or DOB] soon organized local chapters in New York, Los Angeles and beyond, incubating many figures on the lesbian political and literary scene until the organization waned in the 1970s. In this easy, well-ordered re... Read More »

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