Lesbians -- and especially older lesbians -- who attend my book readings for Marie Equi, Radical Politics and Outlaw Passions often remark afterwards, "Thank you so much for doing this research and for telling her story." It's one of the most rewarding responses I receive.
The disproportionate lack of lesbians in our cultural and political environment, in our regional and national histories,and in our school curriculum represents a challenge to everyone who seeks an inclusive, diverse, and representative national narrative.
This article from the website NOTCHES gives voice to the concerns and anguish of many older lesbian-feminists: "We're being erased! We're being invisibilized."
This is from a report from the "Gay American History @ 40" conference convened earlier this month in New York.
Note this comment also:
"Who can deny the disproportionate attention that LGBTQ history has given to gay men versus lesbians?" "Notably, as (historian) John D’Emilio pointed out in a discussion following the panel, the category of gay men does not seem to be overshadowed by the same concern over looming extinction. A structural dynamic specific to women and to lesbians is at work."