twilight lover

They would ask if I was a man or a woman. They could arrest a woman for impersonating a man, so you had to be sure you were wearing three pieces of women’s clothes. You learned to avoid the police by walking on the side of the street where the cars were parked, or in the opposite direction on the one way streets so they would have to back up to get to you. It was always in the backs of our minds that we could be arrested. Any woman wearing pants was suspect.
—  Jackie, a lesbian who lived in New Orleans during the 1950s, quoted in Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth-Century America

welcome!!!!!! this is long overdue. i’ve been promising myself i’d made this forever. so here it is - the ultimate masterpost of wlw (women loving women) books. not all characters are lesbians, some are bi or pan, though all books feature f/f relationships and/or themes. there are 150+ recommendations, so enjoy!

YOUNG ADULT CONTEMPORARY:

FANTASY/PARANORMAL/SCIENCE FICTION:

CRIME/MYSTERY/THRILLER:

HISTORICAL:

ADULT FICTION:

COMICS BOOKS/GRAPHIC NOVELS:

NON-FICTION:

The series of interviews conducted by Dr. George Henry with lesbians in the ‘30s illustrates a contentment in the lives of many of these women that would have frazzled the censors had that picture been reflected in the media. Many of his interviewees were self-actualized individuals, living to their full potential in mutually productive relationships. They say things such as:

I’m doing the work [as an editor] I always wanted to do and I’m very, very happy. I’m very much in love with the girl too. We click… She has had the most influence for good in my life.”  — 20-year old white woman

If I were born again I would like to be just as I am. I’m perfectly satisfied being a girl and being as I am. I’ve never had any regrets.”  —  26-year-old black woman

Our relationship is just as sweet now [after eleven years] as in the beginning.”  — 29-year-old white woman

Since we have been living together our lives are fuller and happier. We create things together and we are devoted to our [adopted] baby.”  —  30-year-old white woman

I have a great confidence in the future. I think I’m going to be a very well-known artist… Homosexuality hasn’t interfered with my work. It has made it what it is.”  —  30-year-old white woman

Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth-Century America, pg. 112 by Lillian Faderman

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My small collection of LGBT related books

Because she defines herself independently of men, the lesbian is considered unnatural, incomplete, not quite a woman—as though the essence of womanhood was to be identified with men.
—  Excerpt from the 1971 resolution passed by the National Organization for Women, quoted in Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth-Century America

But most lesbians never went to bars. Occasionally middle-class lesbians could make contacts with other women if they were members of a private group such as the Nucleus Club, an informal New York-based organization of the late 1930s that held weekly parties for lesbians together with gay men.

But although police harassment of lesbians was not common in the 1930s, they knew, perhaps by their observation of gay male experiences, that it was a potential they had to take into account, and that awareness must have dampened the enthusiasm of many to join such a club. The Nucleus Club parties were in private homes, but the group still thought it essential to adopt the rule that each gay man would pair with a lesbian as they left the party and they would go strolling out arm in arm so that neighbors would think the couples had been to a heterosexual gathering.

One should not underestimate the fun in this game of “fooling the straights,” but underneath the fun was genuine fear.

Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth-Century America, pg. 108 by Lillian Faderman

One woman tells of how her parents, upon discovering her crush on a physical education teacher when she was fourteen years old, first sent her to a psychologist “to find out if I was crazy.” When her parents’ persistent rejection of her sexual identification during her teen years caused her to be so depressed that she attempted suicide, they committed her to a hospital psychiatric ward where the nurses “tried to fix me up with boys” and the psychiatrists “made me feel I was the only one who ever felt love for someone of the same sex.” When her depression continued after her release, her parents again had her hospitalized, this time in a state mental hospital. She was not alone there, she says. She met a thirty-year-old lesbian who claimed “she had been in and out of institutions all her life for being a lesbian. I thought she was the sanest person there.” Similar stories were not uncommon during the mid-twentieth-century.
—  Lillian Faderman, Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth-Century America

anonymous asked:

hello friend! I'm a teenage bi person and I want to learn about pre-AIDS and pre-stonewall LGBTQIA+ history. do you have any books you'd recommend?

*GIANT SPARKLY EYES* 8D 

Okay, you asked for books specifically, but I’d like to quickly mention the 1984 documentary Before Stonewall since it’s what first got me interested in researching the history of the LGBTQ+ community pre-Stonewall. It’s old so the terminology is dated as heck, but it’s educational. 

NOW BOOKS (Disclaimer: I’m American so this is going to have a really strong American slant, sorry! I would love for people to reblog this and add on more)

  • A Queer History of the United States by Michael Bronski is pretty good just because it covers about 500 years of American history. Plus it looks good on a bookshelf. 
  • Same-Sex Unions in Premodern Europe by James Boswell is pretty interesting, and I like it because it pisses off old white man Christian historians. 
  • Transgender Warriors by Leslie Feinberg focuses on non-cis people throughout history, GREAT read for people who seem to think trans folks (esp non-binary people) were invented in 2000. 
  • Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers by Lillian Faderman focuses on wlw in the 1900s, and was suuuper informative for me. 
  • The Spinster and Her Enemies by Sheila Jeffreys is probably now the most cited book on my blog thanks to acephobes. It’s technically a book about feminism, I think, but it deals with “women who didn’t have sex with men” from like 1880 to 1930 and it a very good read. 
  • I’ve heard really good things about Queer London by Matt Houlbrook but I haven’t actually read it myself; it’s about early 20th century London’s LGBTQ+ folks. 
  • I like Lost Prophet by John D'Emilio for the intersection of black rights/gay rights. 
  • The Men with the Pink Triangle by Heinz Heger is an autobiography by a gay man in a Nazi concentration camp, and therefore deals with an interesting intersection of homophobia and antisemitism. 
  • I like Before Night Falls by Reinaldo Arenas because it talks about NON-American LGBTQ+ history: Cuban, specifically. 

And that’s pretty much what I’ve got on my bookshelf. I recommend going to your local library/used bookstore and seeing if you can find anything on LGBTQ+ history there. It’s normally shoved into a corner, haha. To my knowledge there’s not a designated “gay history” Dewey Decimal number and I’ve found book on the subject all through the 900s so it’s a crapshoot. A librarian and a free afternoon could help you find plenty of resources, though! 

anonymous asked:

hello, do you know any good books about gay and lesbian history? i can't stand books were gay men and lesbian women are called queers or whatsoever... i'd like to inform myself where the words butch and femme came from and what the meaning of butch and femme in lesbian history is. :>

Oh sure! Here are a few that might be helpful as far as butch/femme history specifically:

-Boots of Leather, Slippers of Gold: The History of a Lesbian Community by Elizabeth Lapovsky Kennedy and Madeline D. Davis 
-Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers by Lillian Faderman
-The Persistent Desire: A Femme-butch Reader by Joan Nestle

And a few more just for fun:

-The Disappearing L: Erasure of Lesbian Spaces and Culture by Bonnie J. Morris 
-Different Daughters: A History of the Daughters of Bilitis and the Rise of the Lesbian Rights Movement by Marcia M. Gallo 
-Coming Out Under Fire by Allan Berube (Lesbians and gay men in WWII)
-Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin by John D’Emilio (Rustin was the gay man who organized the March on Washington)
-Not a Passing Phase: Reclaiming Lesbians in History, 1840-1985 by Lesbian History Group 

And there is always the Lesbian Herstory Archives! They are located in Brooklyn, which obviously is not reachable for many of us, but they do respond to specific requests with references that you might look for. (They also accept interns, for anyone who is in that area.)

If you’re looking for anything more specific by time period or subject, please just let me know!

Because lesbians were so frightened about divulging themselves and often had no idea where to meet other lesbians for social contact, life could be lonely even if they were lucky enough to have found a mate. May says she met her lover at the University of Texas in the late 1920s, and though they stayed together for more than twenty years, they told almost no one about the nature of their relationship. It placed such a strain on them that May often thought of leaving Virgie, especially during the ’30s, because “I was tired of hiding in a corner. And there was no question of coming out. I wanted so much to be able to talk freely with people, to be like everyone else, not to feel like we loved in a wasteland, but that was impossible. I had a lot of heterosexual women friends, but I thought that as long as I was in that relationship I could never have a close friend. I knew how people would have looked down on us if they’d guessed.”

Although May and Virgie had heard about homosexual men, they knew no lesbians. May claims that she did not become aware that there were other lesbians in the world until 1950, when they began going to dog shows and occasionally saw lesbian couples there, but even then they did not talk to them. At one point in the late ’30s they befriended two heterosexual couples who suspected they were lovers, but those friendships did not last long: “Both the men thought all I needed was a good fuck, and they let me know it.” When May left Virgie in 1953 she felt that although she was “going through a horrible time,” she had to suffer in silence, because there was no one in whom she could confide. It was not until the advent of the feminist movement in the 1970s, when she was already in her late 60s, that she felt she could talk about those years of her life. But the scars remained for women of her generation, as she indicates now. She says she still feels free to talk only in “appropriate circumstances.”
—  Lillian Faderman, Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth-Century America
Link Personalities

I always see each Link as an individual Link with their own personalities and interests.

ALTTP Link: I can tell he is a book worm of some sort. There are a couple ALTTP concept arts showing Link reading something, or sitting in a library. The fact alone that there is a library is great proof, especially in Link’s Awakening. In Mabe Village, There is a Library that you can enter and read every book available on the table.

OOT Link: Most likely, as everybody knows, a musician. He has an ocarina and he play a bunch of songs in great perfection. What do you want more ? xD

TP Link: A very ‘nature’ type. He works on a farm, herds goats, takes care of animals, Cats love him. TP Link is an animal lover <3

SS Link: Based on what is shown in his room, there are a couple of still-in- progress statues of Birds. He must be sculptor. That’s such a nice hobby to have.

WW Link: What’s Toon Link… Probably… Family love? xD He goes great lengths for saving his sister and is sad about leaving his grandma. He also helps her when she gets sick (that’s if the player decides to. let’s say he does ^-^) I can’t figure out what WW Link’s interests or hobbies would be. What do you think?

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Every Link is unique in his own way. That is why I don’t like it when people mix them up. A common one is mixing TP with OOT. TP Link is always called ‘Hero of Time’ for some reason. That’s supposed to be OOT!

Perhaps the most important element in encouraging young college women in their escape from domesticity was a new form of what had been termed romantic friendship, which came to be called in college life, “smashes,” “crushes,” and “spoons.” These passions were even described in an 1873 Yale student newspaper, obviously without any awareness that relationships of that nature might have sexual undertones, or that elements of them were already seen as “inversion” by some European sexologists: “When a Vassar girl takes a shine to another,” the Yalie observed, “she straightaway enters upon a regular course of bouquet sendings, interspersed with tinted notes, mysterious packages of ‘Ridley’s Mixed Candies,’ locks of hair perhaps, and many other tender tokens, until at last the object of her affections is captured, the two women become inseparable, and the aggressor is considered by her circle of acquaintances as — smashed.”

Such mores and passions in women’s colleges did not die with the end of the century. Romantic all-women dances were held in the early twentieth century by colleges such as Vassar and Smith, as described by the Cosmopolitan Magazine in the 1901 article entitled “A Girl’s College Life,” where the writer observed that the older student generally played “the cavalier” for the younger student:

“She sends her flowers, calls for her, fills her order of dance, … takes her to supper, sees her partner home. … And if the freshman has made the desired hit, there are dates for future meetings and jollifications and a good night over the balusters, as lingering and cordial as any the freshman has left behind.”

The young women took these dances very seriously, as a veteran of such socials, Josephine Dodge Daskam, suggested in her early twentieth-century collection Smith College Stories. She describes one student having delightful “visions of the pretty little freshman” whose name would fill out her dance program and another student who in disappointment over her date “cried herself to sleep for she had dreamed for nights of going with Suzanne, whom she admired to stupefaction.” The writers were not disposed to speculate on the fact, but such courting often led to “lovemaking,” both in the sense of the nineteenth-century sentimental usage of that term and the way we use the term today.

Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth-Century America by Lillian Faderman