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Sinister Wisdom 118: Forty-Five Years / A Tribute to the Lesbian Herstory Archives

Forty-five years ago movements of liberation made possible the birth of a new project in the world, the Lesbian Herstory Archives. In Sinister Wisdom 118 are some of the founding stories, telling what it meant to walk first into an apartment and later into a four-story limestone building, where shame became history, secrets became shared connections and complex lesbian, queer histories were enriched by maintaining intergenerational community. A grassroots collection, the Archives was intentional about engaging with all facets and complexities of lesbian life, inclusive of diversity in race and gender-identity, from the bar life of the fifties and before, to the lesbian-feminist cultural richness of the mid-twentieth century and beyond, to the gender richness of the twenty-first. This issue honors an Archives that articulates the complexities of how lesbians make our way in the world.

Featuring work by
Deborah Edel
Joan Nestle
Ann Allen Shockley
Naomi Replansky
Irare Sabasu
Polly Thistlethwaite
Jewelle Gomez
Alexis Danzig
Fran Winant

And many others!

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"Empowerment comes from ideas."

Gloria Anzaldúa

“And the metaphorical lenses we choose are crucial, having the power to magnify, create better focus, and correct our vision.”
― Charlene Carruthers

"Your silence will not protect you."

Audre Lorde

“It’s revolutionary to connect with love”
— Tourmaline

“The problem with the use of language of Revolution without praxis is that it promises to change everything while keeping everything the same. “
— Leila Raven

"Live your lives, honorably and with dignity."

Andrea Dworkin

“Gender is the poetry each of us makes out of the language we are taught.”
― Leslie Feinberg