Different Daughters

A History of the Daughters of Bilitis and the Rights of the Lesbian Rights Movement
Gallo, Marcia M. (Book - 2006 )
Different Daughters

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Nearly fifteen years before the Stonewall Rebellion and the birth of gay liberation came the Daughters of Bilitis (DOB). Like its predominantly gay male counterparts, the Mattachine Society and ONE, Inc., DOB was launched in response to the oppressive antihomosexual climate of the McCarthy era, when lesbian and gay people were arrested, fired from jobs, and had their children taken away simply on the basis of their sexual orientation. It was against this political backdrop that in 1955 a circle of San Francisco women formed a private club where lesbians could meet other lesbians in a safe, affirming setting. A year later, they produced The Ladder, the first ongoing monthly magazine for lesbians. Over the next three decades, what began as a small social group evolved into a national women's organization that counted more than a dozen chapters." "In Different Daughters, Marcia Gallo draws on interviews with former members of DOB, many of whom have never spoken on record before, as well as extensive research in both archival and personal collections. She chronicles how through its leaders, magazine, and international network of activists, the Daughters played a crucial role in creating lesbian identity, visibility, and political strategies in Cold War America - and in the process laid the foundation for today's lesbian and feminist movements..
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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