Everybody has an opinion about lesbian/feminists. Love ‘em or hate ‘em—the truth is they fueled the movements that changed the shape of life for women in this country. It was not safe but they risked it all to live out and open. The radical challenges they presented to the status quo laid the groundwork for much of the social change we can take for granted today.
The women’s health movement, economic parity (remember when women earned 59 cents on every dollar instead of the 72 today?), women in democratic politics, women in music (way before the Lilith Fair and Melissa Ethridge!), sexual experimentation, were all pioneered by lesbian feminists, many of them Baby Boomers riding the Second Wave of feminism.
Well SURF’S UP! And they’re still demonstrating and creating. Keeping the waters roiling so social change can rise to the surface. Old lesbian radicals don’t die they just keep writing poems! Elana Dykewomon, Carla Trujillo, Reid Gomez and Jewelle Gomez will read from new work and old, sing with Debbie Fier and talk about what makes a revolution—mostly sex and politics.
This is a pot luck of love and activism, so bring your favorite finger food (that’s an old dyke joke!). Plaid flannel shirts, red lipstick, Frye boots, leather bustiers and wheel chairs all welcome!