Defending Our Lesbian Lives and History from Male Erasure

Thanks to Gallus Mag, our champion in defending Lesbian and female identity and history

About Bev Jo

I’ve been a Lesbian from my earliest memories and am proud to be a Lesbian. Lesbians are my people and my blood. My life’s work has defending Lesbians and our culture and existence against those who oppress us. Working-class, ex-catholic, mostly European-descent (with some First Nations, probably Shawnee, ancestry), from poverty class culture. I’m a Lifelong Lesbian, born near Cincinnati, Ohio in 1950. I became lovers with my first lover in 1968, became part of a Lesbian community in 1970, and became a Dyke Separatist in 1972. I helped create Radical Lesbian Feminist and Separatist community and worked on some of the earliest Lesbian Feminist projects, such as the Lesbian Feminist Conference in Berkeley in 1972, the newspaper “Dykes and Gorgons” in 1973, the women’s bookstore, Lesbian coffeehouse, and taught self defense to women and girls for ten years. I’ve been published in journals and anthologies, including “For Lesbians Only,” “Finding the Lesbians,” “Lesbian Friendships,” “Amazones d’Hier, Lesbiennes Aujourd’hui,” “Mehr als das Herz Gebrochen,” the Journal for Lesbian Studies, Lesbian Ethics, Sinister Wisdom, Trivia, and Rain and Thunder. With Linda Strega and Ruston, I co-wrote our book, “Dykes-Loving-Dykes: Dyke Separatist Politics for Lesbians Only” in 1990. Our book and my more recent articles have been updated at my blog I’ve been disabled since 1981 with ME/CFIDS (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis) and MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity.) I love nature and plants and animals — and especially the animals who are feared and hated and killed by people who don’t even know them, just as Lesbians are. I’ve learned to love rats especially, who I do not consider inferior to humans. I’m a spiritual atheist, but I’ve found out that there is definitely life after death because a little rat returned from the dead for three days to comfort us. These hated little animals are so kind and loving, and willing to die for someone they love. I say, in our fight to protect the earth — distrust all “truths” we are taught by patriarchy. The true truth is often the opposite.
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4 Responses to Defending Our Lesbian Lives and History from Male Erasure

  1. Stephie Smith says:

    Oh Bev, thank you so much.

    It’s late here, i should be in bed. However, I read your words with such pleasure. I learn so much from you.

    One particularly wonderful moment was seeing my dear friend Glo Daley in the Lesbiana trailer. About minute 1:00 to 1:14. Short but sweet. I had seen the movie before though I had not met Glo at the time. Glo is one of the few remaining foremothers of our beloved HOWL.

    Anyway my dear, keep up the good work. The world is a better place for your presence in it.

    Love, Your friend Stephie



    • Bev Jo says:

      Thank you so much, Stephie. That is wonderful that you saw your dear friend. Though we are separated, we are still all connected. And the world is better because of you too!

      Much love,


  2. GallusMag says:

    Fantastic post! Thank you so much. XOX


    • Bev Jo says:

      Well, thank you! I didn’t even think of writing it or posting it here and then thought I could do it for GenderTrender. And then realized I can share the beautiful layout you did. I’m still learning all this!

      Thank you for continuing to support and defend all girls, women, Lesbians, and everyone else who is our ally with your brilliant posts. XOX


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