Boots of Leather, Slippers of Gold: The History of a Lesbian Community

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Boots of Leather, Slippers of Gold traces the evolution of the lesbian community in Buffalo, New York from the mid-1930s up to the early 1960s. Drawing upon the oral histories of 45 women, it is the first comprehensive history of a working-class lesbian community. These poignant and complex stories show how black and white working-class lesbians, although living under oppressive circumstances, nevertheless became powerful agents of historical change.
Based on 13 years of research, Boots of Leather, Slippers of Gold ranges over such topics as sex, relationships, coming out, butch-fem roles, motherhood, aging, racism, work, oppression and pride. Kennedy and Davis provide a unique insider's perspective on butch-fem culture and argue that the roots of gay and lesbian liberation are found specifically in the determined resistance of working-class lesbians.

3 comments on “Boots of Leather, Slippers of Gold: The History of a Lesbian Community”

  1. A Valuable Piece of History This compiled oral history gives voice to a group of people that has been largely overlooked in other history books. "Boots of Leather" provides a whole compendium of valuable facts, histories, anecdotes and details about lesbian life in the forties and fifties, and though it covers only one particular community, one can at least get a better sense of what life was life for lesbians during those years. While much has been written about eras and decades in US history - world war II, the home...

  2. Great work, essential to your lesbian history research! If you have an interest or passion for lesbian history, you will find this book fascinating!The lesbian history studied and preserved here is priceless! It may have all simply disappeared had it not been focused on by the authors. This is a wonderful look at working class lesbian women in Buffalo...I know you've seen it so many times before, oh wait, actually never before!. This is so unique, interesting and heart felt. Research on middle class lesbians or professional lesbians like...

  3. Historic This book is amazing. Being a lesbian from Buffalo, NY and having met some of the women from the book - I will cherish this book and recommend to all the younger women in my community.

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