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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Sappho's Reading Room and Open Mic on December 8, 2020 at 7 p.m. ET

Tribute to Joan Nestle on November 10, 2020 at 7 p.m. ET
Full Video of the Event:

PDF file with the Text Chat from the event.
5-Minute Tribute Video to Joan Nestle (seen at beginning of full event above)

Salute to Joan Nestle from the LHA Archivettes (seen in middle of full event above)

Launch event held on October 15, 2020 at 7 p.m.

Sinister Wisdom 118: Forty-Five Years / A Tribute to the Lesbian Herstory Archives launch event featured 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, October 27, 2020 at 7 p.m.


"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