This summer for Pride month, Lesbian Labour wanted to do something for Lesbians. We are often frustrated by the lack of Lesbian voices during Pride month and beyond, and rather than relying on the narrative that Stonewall and Pride events present, we wanted to talk to a wide variety of lesbians on the ground. Our own Paula Boulton had the idea to start a ‘Proud Lesbian’ series. Here at Lesbian Labour we’re all proud of being Lesbians, so Paula thought we should interview other proud Lesbians. She was curious to find out – what’s happening in Lesbian lives? Are Stonewall law policies surrounding gender affecting Lesbian lives or not? As Paula says, “How seldom do we hear lesbian voices, how seldom do we read lesbian voices represented in the media? real stories of lesbian lives”.
So Paula set out to find out the answers to these questions and put out some feelers. What none of us were prepared for was the response from Lesbians worldwide wishing to talk about their stories and have their voices heard. Lots of Lesbians contacted us wishing to take part in the project. It’s now a very eclectic mix of Lesbians spanning different ages, religion, politics, jobs and life experiences – as detailed in the linked promo video below.
There has been such an interest in fact that we may be looking at a wider oral history project, or a podcast; we are currently looking into expanding the project. At it’s core, this is a project by Lesbians, for Lesbians – we are making content ourselves to ensure that lesbian voices are heard. We hope that you enjoy listening to these Lesbian voices – the full playlist of interviews can be viewed on our YouTube channel by clicking here. Or, watch the promo video below.
Watch this space for updates and developments on the project. If you’re interested in being interviewed for the project you can contact us via the website contact form.