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Historical lesbianism Part 4 - Photography

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1. Early photography

It is likely that lesbians began taking photographs almost as soon as the medium was invented in 1839. Concealed by time and overt hostility the vast majority of these lesbian made images remain hidden in private photo albums and never reach public display.

The earliest lesbian-produced work currently known is by Emma Jane Gay (1830-1919) who took photos of Alice Fletcher whom she was in love with. The feeling was however not mutual. She later moved to England and had her love returned by a female doctor.

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Historical lesbianism Part 3: Art - Paintings and drawings depicting lesbianism and or lesbian topics (1500s to 1900s)

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The Historical lesbianism series include: some of the women who were famous for loving other women throughout time and information on lesbian topics in literature, art, music, sport, film and television.

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Historical Lesbianism - Part 2: Literature and music (1800s to 1900s)

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These are some of the women who were famous for loving other women throughout time. The list also includes information on lesbian topics and literature.

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Historical Lesbianism - Part 1: The early years

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These are some of the women who were famous for loving other women throughout time. The list also includes information on lesbian topics and literature.

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Are gay bars dead?

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June Thomas takes a trip down memory lane. Which begs the question - what happens to gay bars when it's all so easygoing that straight people come flooding in? Is that a good thing, or a gay-bar-buzz-killer? Let us know what you think!

Death of the gay bar

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Gay-Marriage Debate Literally Coming to a Head

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For the first time ever, a poll shows that more Americans support the right of gay people to marry than those who oppose it, 52-46, according to CNN. That's a major milestone in itself, but what's more, gay-marriage supporters could not ask for a better symbolic representation of America's changing attitudes than the one in this graph. -Dan Amira - Nymag, new york news 8/12/10

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The L Word

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I’ve always preferred the word ‘gay’ over ‘lesbian’ although I don’t really care which of the many words people use. I am sure most of you know where the word ‘lesbian’ originates from.  To those of you who don’t know, here are some tedious, pointless facts / opinions… that won’t change your life, on the big ‘L’ word and lesbian history according to Wikipedia…

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What Does Queer Mean?

Queer is an umbrella term for sexual minorities that are not heterosexual, heteronormative, or gender-binary.In the context of Western identity politics the term also acts as a label setting queer-identifying people apart from discourse, ideologies, and lifestyles that typify mainstream LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transsexual) communities as being oppressive or assimilationist.