Lesbian, Bisexual, Two Spirit, and Queer Women in the 1970s and 80s
In this, the 50th anniversary year of the release of the Report of the Royal Commission on the Status of Women, we honour the lives of all same-sex attracted women who confronted homophobia, bi-phobia, and trans-phobia not only in mainstream society, but also in the women's movement itself. An Army of Lovers takes its name from Rita Mae Brown’s 1974 poem "Sappho’s Reply." Brown is as well known for her writing as she was for her role in "Lavender Menace," a group that formed to protest the exclusion of lesbians and lesbian issues from the feminist movement at the Second Congress to Unite Women in New York City on May 1, 1970.
Based primarily on oral interviews undertaken by students at Simon Fraser University, An Army of Lovers barely scratches the surface of the many hundreds of organizations formed, events held, and experiences had during this vibrant era. We hope the exhibit galvanizes you to carry on in the struggle for social justice for all and inspires you to join us in our effort to document the rich and diverse experiences of same-sex attracted women.