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Volume 3 Issue 2 (June 1991), Pages 127-241

The Meanings of Lesbianism in Post‐War America (pages 190-203)

I had been a closet gay before I got married, about 1948, which means I had a relationship with a woman, and I'd been in love with her but I thought I was the only person in the world. There was no others in the world. I had never read a gay book. I didn't even know the word ‘gay’… I didn't know the word ‘lesbian’… And I really believe that women used to dress mannish simply to get you to know who they were … In those days it was very important.1

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