Although the LGBT community and their straight allies continue to fight for gay marriage, an end to military discrimination, and inclusive hate crimes legislation, most will agree that gays and lesbians are much better off today than one hundred years ago.
In the early part of the 20th century, there were no LGBT magazines or newspapers, no public community centers or pride parades, no gay-centric radio and television stations. Yet the generation that remembers those days are slowly dying off.
The Old Lesbian Herstory Project attempts to collect oral histories from senior lesbians. In 1997, Arden Eversmeyer began documenting the stories of older lesbian women in Houston, Texas. Since then, the project has expanded across the country. A local group is organizing and will host a planning meeting at the Memphis Center for Independent Living (1633 Madison) on Saturday, March 13, from 2 to 4 p.m.
View samples of herstories, as well as photos and old newspaper clippings, at the Old Lesbian Herstory Project website.