1970s Lesbian Activism & Community
Lesbian rights activists in New York City worked to gain a voice, equal rights, and recognition within the Gay Liberation and Women’s Liberation movements, which emerged almost simultaneously in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
In addition to several of their own residences where they could socialize with other lesbians or strategize a protest, they founded important bookshops, restaurants, archives, and other communal women-only spaces where they could share and be exposed to lesbian-based art and culture.
This curated theme focuses on historic sites associated with lesbian activism and community in the 1970s, with many of those spaces continuing that association into the following decades. Also included is the NYC Dyke March, which, while started in the 1990s, connects back to the early days of organized lesbian-focused activism.
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Featured Historic Sites ( 18 )
From about 1967 to 1971, activists and then-partners Ellen Broidy and Linda Rhodes rented a fifth floor apartment at 338 East 6th Street. Fellow activist Rita Mae Brown rented the... Learn More
“Lavender Menace” was an action led by Radicalesbians, with women from the Gay Liberation Front and several feminist organizations, at the National Organization for Women’s (NOW) Second Congress to Unite... Learn More
The congregation of this former church was led by the pioneering, openly gay Reverend Paul M. Abels from 1973 to 1984. The church and neighboring parish house also provided meeting... Learn More