Lesbian Life Before Stonewall
From Lillian Wald’s founding of a public health facility for the poor, to Berenice Abbott’s photographs of a changing city, to Lorraine Hansberry’s groundbreaking play A Raisin in the Sun, lesbians have left an indelible mark on New York City since at least the mid-19th century.
Often rejecting traditional gender roles, they lived in same-sex relationships and forged careers in politics and the arts long before the women’s liberation movement of the 1970s.
This curated collection includes the residences of pioneering lesbians as well as important early lesbian social spaces.
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Featured Historic Sites ( 13 )
This building was one of many apartment houses in Greenwich Village that attracted same-sex couples. After its completion in 1923, this was home to a number of women in the... Learn More
Noted photographer Berenice Abbott lived here with her partner, the influential art critic Elizabeth McCausland, from 1935 to 1965. Abbott is best known for her 1930s photographs featured in the... Learn More