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

Sinister Wisdom 118: Forty-Five Years / A Tribute to the Lesbian Herstory Archives offers some of the founding of the Lesbian Herstory Archives, describing what it meant to walk into an apartment and later into the four-story limestone building where shame became history, secrets became shared connections and complex lesbian, queer histories were enriched by maintaining intergenerational community. As the title suggests, 45 years ago movements of liberation made possible the birth of a new project in the world: the Lesbian Herstory Archives. 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.

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December 2020

Sappho's Reading Room and Open Mic:

November 2020

Full Video of the Joan Nestle Tribute Event (Live Chatlog: PDF version

5-Minute Introductory Tribute to Joan Nestle:

Salute to Joan Nestle from the LHA Archivettes:

October 2020

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

Featureing Joan Nestle, Deborah Edel, Elana Dykewomon, Lucinda Zoe, Linda McKinney, Morgan Gwenwald, Stefani Echeverria-Fenn, Representatives of Little Rainbows: Alexis Clements, with Catalina Schliebener, Ellen Baxt, Luciana Pinchiero, and Elvis Bakaitis. Hosted by Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz with visuals and hellos from LHA Coordinators past and present. Co-sponsored by the Lesbian Herstory Archives, CLAGS: Center for LGBTQ Studies, and the NYU Division of Libraries.

The Archivettes: A Conversation with Megan Rossman:


"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

"Gender is the poetry each of us makes out of the language we are taught."

― Leslie Feinberg

“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