What a Lesbian Looks Like: Writings by Lesbians on Their Lives and Lifestyles from the Archives of the National Lesbian and Gay Survey (Nl&Gs)

What a Lesbian Looks Like: Writings by Lesbians on Their Lives and Lifestyles from the Archives of the National Lesbian and Gay Survey (Nl&Gs)

What a Lesbian Looks Like: Writings by Lesbians on Their Lives and Lifestyles from the Archives of the National Lesbian and Gay Survey (Nl&Gs)

What a Lesbian Looks Like: Writings by Lesbians on Their Lives and Lifestyles from the Archives of the National Lesbian and Gay Survey (Nl&Gs)

Synopsis

"What a Lesbian Looks Like gives a vivid picture of lesbian life as it is lived today. It draws on the mass-observation material of the National Lesbian and Gay Survey to provide an anthology of personal writings from lesbians all over Britain. They represent all age groups and all walks of life, and cover all aspects of lesbian experience, including first sexual encounters, long-term relationships, the difficulties of coming out, and Clause 28. With wit and candour, What a Lesbian Looks Like reflects all the contradictions and conflicting views of any community, and will provide an inspiration for many other lesbians of all ages." Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Excerpt

During the 1930s a group of academics attempted to record the feelings and opinions of the person in the street on major issues of the day. Since then Mass-Observation has undergone many vicissitudes due largely to funding, or the lack of it, until it was formalized into a major national project and run from the University of Sussex.

My own involvement with the project began in the early 1980s. Each submission I made was chased up by a handwritten postcard from David Pocock, M-O's prime mover at the time, urging me on. It soon became clear that openly homosexual contributors were thin on the ground. An idea began to burgeon and, in the late summer of 1985, I set up the National Lesbian and Gay Survey in order to redress the balance. Since then lesbian and gay volunteers nationwide have written and submitted reports on a wide range of issues pertinent to lesbian and gay life.

The aims of the project are primarily archival, so that researchers of the future might understand what it was like to live as a homosexual in the late twentieth century. However, it has become clear that because the collection is rich in observation and memory much of it will be of interest to the reader today. It is that thought which led to this present anthology.

I would first of all like to acknowledge the important part played by Professor Pocock in the inspiration he provided during the setting up of the project, and to Dorothy Sheridan who is continuing his sterling work my thanks for her solidarity. I was a working volunteer and a director of the Hall-Carpenter Archives at the time and it was under the auspices of the Archives that NL&GS operated during its early years. I would like to acknowledge the support and encouragement of Julian Meldrum, the

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