Lesbians and queer women have been excluded from the official historical record, but their experiences tell a great deal about the past. They reveal what it meant for a woman to desire and love other women, and to survive and resist against a culture that treated them as sinful and deviant. Their stories open a window onto a world that once was, and help us imagine a world that might yet be.

The Archives of Lesbian Oral Testimony collects and makes available the oral histories of people who presently or at one time identified as same-sex and same-gender attracted women.

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Many different stories

Testimonies come in many forms.

Materials in the Archives include oral history audio and video recordings, radio and television programs, and associated materials.

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Bridging the Gap

Learn more about our current project, Bridging the Gap.


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About ALOT

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