Fri, 23 Feb | University Centre Shrewsbury

“How Arena 3 saved my life”: Lesbian networking before the internet

The final one of three talks organised by Back in Time/Shrewsbury LGBT History to mark LGBT History Month 2018. All Welcome
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“How Arena 3 saved my life”: Lesbian networking before the internet

Time & Location

23 Feb 2018, 19:30
University Centre Shrewsbury, Guildhall, Shrewsbury SY3 8HQ, UK

About the Event


In these days of Diva, dating sites and meet-ups, it’s easy to forget that as recently as fifty years ago, simply finding each other was a real challenge for lesbians. The arrival of the very first lesbian newsletter, Arena Three, in 1964 was a quiet revolution. This talk draws on the oral testimonies of older lesbians whose lives were changed by this new contact with other women like themselves.

Speaker: Jane Traies – Jane has been recording the experiences of the oldest generations of lesbians in the UK for several years now. Some of these stories feature in her book The Lives of Older Lesbians: Sexuality, Identity and the Life Course (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016). She continues to collect the memories and opinions of women born before 1950 who identify as lesbian or bisexual, and her next project is to publish a collection of lesbian life-stories. Jane and some of her interviewees recently appeared in the short film Now You See Me (Esme Waldron, 2016).

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