With Jane Traies
In 2017 we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Act of Parliament which partially decriminalised homosexuality between men. Lesbians, never having been illegal, are not officially part of this story – but the media spotlight that was trained on their gay brothers at that time sometimes illuminated their struggle, too. This presentation draws on contemporary reporting and on my own oral history research to uncover the hidden lives of lesbians in the 1960’s.
Jane has been recording the experiences of the oldest generations of lesbians in the UK for several years now. Some of these stories feature in her book The Lives of Older Lesbians: Sexuality, Identity and the Life Course (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). She continues to collect the memories and opinions of women born before 1950 who identify as lesbian or bisexual, and her next project is to publish a collection of lesbian life-stories. Jane and some of her interviewees recently appeared in the short film Now You See Me (Esme Waldron, 2016).