In Amerika They Call Us Dykes: Lesbian Lives in the 1970s

Over the course of 2010, CLAGS will be embarking on a yearlong journey of rediscovery, research, and representation in our series “In Amerika They Call Us Dykes: Lesbian Lives in the 1970s.” We take the title of the series from the groundbreaking chapter on lesbian experience in the Boston Women’s Health Collective’s first edition of Our Bodies, Ourselves, a text that was both a catalyst for and product of much of the ferment among lesbian activists during that decade. The series will culminate in a weekend-long event/conference/ festival of lesbian history, culture, arts, scholarship, discussion, and performance, which will take place in October 2010.

Over the Spring semester of 2010, we’ll be exploring a variety of manifestations of lesbian life in the 1970s, from theatre to comedy to the still vibrant work of filmmaker Barbara Hammer. The Lesbian Herstory Archives, itself a creation of lesbian energy during that decade, will be hosting an event for us in April to share some of the materials they’ve gathered from the period. The main event will be in October: a gathering of lesbians and nonlesbians of all ages to take stock of what the 1970s meant. We’ll be sending out a detailed call for participants in early January; in the meantime, if you’d like to be involved in any way, please contact 70slesbians@gmail.com.