The Lesbian Testimony Podcast - Episode 11

The Lesbian Testimony Podcast - Episode 11

The Lesbian Testimony Podcast is a project born out of the Archives of Lesbian Oral Testimony to encourage greater engagement with lesbian oral records. Each week host Callie Hitchcock will talk to a donor of the archive about one of their submissions or talk to an oral historian involved in lesbian oral testimony.

“The larger oral history makes clear, and her published writing makes very clear, that Anita thought that she had, over the course of her life, 50s, 60s, 70s, distanced herself from the straight community because she was troubled and disgusted by heterosexual relationships. She separated herself from the black lesbian community because she found it was dominated by butch femme and she didn't like that. And she was also alienated from the black civil rights movement and black politics because she encountered sexism there. And there's one point in the interview when she talks about black male nationalists wanting their women to stop working for white men and work for them. So by the 70's she landed in the women's movement and while she was critical of racism in the women's movement I think ultimately she found a more friendly home in the multiracial women's movement. " - Marc Robert Stein

For episode 11 we spoke to Marc Robert Stein about his interview with Anita Cornwell, author of Black Lesbian in White America in 1983. We discuss race, tensions of what is inherent and what is performed in gender, and the effect of race, class, gender, sexuality and geography on a lived historical experience.