Lesbians in the ’70s: A Re-Evaluation

On a breezy Friday afternoon, October 28th, 2005, CLAGS sponsored a series of panels around the theme Lesbian Feminisms 1970-2005: Conversations Across Generations. Needless to say, this event brought in the crowds: women and men were packed to the door and pasted against the walls. The broadness of the subject raised its own debates over how even to define “lesbian feminism,” particularly across generational lines.
The intensity of the event generated a sense of urgency, a desire for resurgence and revolution, and a re-evaluation of the crucial decade of the 1970s that gave rise to lesbian feminism as a movement.
While these feelings of urgency abated over the next few years, they did not wholly
disappear. Now CLAGS is proud to announce a semester-long series of events on Lesbians in the ‘70s to be held in the spring semester of 2010, embracing not just those women involved in lesbian feminism, but the lesbian artists, musicians, performers, writers, and bar-goers who redefined lesbian identity. An initial call for participants was met with interest from women all over the country and soon after, we held our initial organizing meeting. These events are still in the planning stages, so if you would like to get involved in any way, please contact 70slesbians@gmail.com.