Earnestine Blue talks early in this clip from Mom’s Apple Pie: The Heart of the Lesbian Mothers Custody Movement about losing custody of her children.

Audre Lorde reading an early version of Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power.

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'Freedomways - A Quarterly Review of the Negro Freedom Movement', New York, 1974. Artwork by C.W. Byron of Blues music pioneer Bessie Smith (1894-1937).

Happy birthday to Bessie Smith (b. April 15, 1894)!

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'Freedomways - A Quarterly Review of the Negro Freedom Movement', New York, 1974. Artwork by C.W. Byron of Blues music pioneer Bessie Smith (1894-1937).

Happy birthday to Bessie Smith (b. April 15, 1894)!

Blues and gospel singer Gwen Avery was a “Jukebox Baby.”

"Because dyke hands are the sexual organs of lesbian love, they can be as shocking to view as the penis through an open fly, or as bold (delicious) to behold as the breast of a womon suddenly uncovered." —SDiane Bogus, “Dyke Hands,” in Dyke Hands & Sutras Erotic & Lyric

Tiny & Ruby...

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Trumpeter and vocalist Ernestine “Tiny” Davis (right) and her partner, drummer, pianist and bassist Ruby Lucas, lived together for 40 years. Tiny was a part of the all-female swing band, the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, in the 1940s; before that, in the ’30s,…