Life Isn’t Binary: On Being Both, Beyond, and In-Between book

AUTHOR: Joan Larkin (editor)
CONTRIBUTORS: Bertha Harris, Judy Grahn, Jill Johnston, Karla Jay, Joan Nestle, Jane DeLynn, Blanche McCrary Boyd, Beatrix Gates, Rebecca Brown, Heather Lewis, Chrystos, Judith Katz, Holly Hughes, Cheryl Boyce Taylor, Mary Beth Caschetta, Elizabeth Lourde-Rollins, Minne Bruce Pratt, Cynthia Bond, Mariana Romo-Carmona, Jacquie Bishop, Eileen Mylos, Margaret Randall, Karin Cook, Wendy W. Fairey, Letta Neely, Tristan Taormino, Cecilia Tan, Pat Califia, Kanani Kauka, Eva Kollisch, Lesléa Newman
PUBLISHER: William Morrow Paperbacks
LANGUAGE: English
PAGES: 352
DATE: 2000
ISBN: 0380802473

A Woman Like That: Lesbian & Bisexual Writers Tell Their Coming Out Stories

The act of “coming out” has the power to transform every aspect of a woman’s life: family, friendships, career, sexuality, spirituality. An essential element of self-realization, it is the unabashed acceptance of one’s “outlaw” standing in a predominantly heterosexual world.

These accounts — sometimes heart-wrenching, often exhilarating — encompass a wide breadth of backgrounds and experiences. From a teenager institutionalized for her passion for women to the mother who must come out to her young sons at the risk of losing them — from the cautious academic to the raucous liberated femme — each woman represented here tells of forging a unique path toward the difficult but emancipating recognition of herself. Extending from the 1940s to the present day, these intensely personal stories in turn reflect a unique history of the changing social mores that affected each woman’s ability to determine the shape of her own life. Together they form an ornate tapestry of lesbian and bisexual experience in the United States over the past half-century.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction by Joan Larkin
  • This Song is Dedicated to the One I Love by Bertha Harris
  • Widows by Judy Grahn
  • Mad for Her by Jill Johnston
  • First Love by Karla Jay
  • Novelties by Joan Nestle
  • The Secret Agent by Jane DeLynn
  • My Debut by Blanche McCrary Boyd
  • Red Light, Green Light by Beatrix Gates
  • A Vision by Rebecca brown
  • Richard Nixon and Me by Heather Lewis
  • Cherry Picker by Chrystos
  • Born Queer by Judith Katz
  • What Comes First by Holly Hughes
  • House of Corals by Cheryl Boyce Taylor
  • Bride of Christ by Mary Beth Caschetta
  • The Coming Out of a Gay Pride Child by Elizabeth Lourde-Rollins
  • Easter Weekend by Minne Bruce Pratt
  • Pot Luck by Cynthia Bond
  • A Letter to Some Lesbian Who’ve Been Out for a Long Time by Mariana Romo-Carmona
  • Waking Up by Jacquie Bishop
  • Banditos by Eileen Mylos
  • Coming Out… or Going More Deeply In? by Margaret Randall
  • Sequins in the Mud: A Cover Girl Comes Out by Karin Cook
  • Mind and Body by Wendy W. Fairey
  • Always Coming by Letta Neely
  • This Girl Is Different by Tristan Taormino
  • Picture This by Cecilia Tan
  • Layers of the Onion, Spokes of the Wheel by Pat Califia
  • Freedom Rings by Kanani Kauka
  • Together Alone by Eva Kollisch
  • Diary of a Mad Lesbian by Lesléa Newman
  • Contributors

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