Bilitis


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Bilitis

putative singer of Sapphic lyrics. [Fr. Lit.: Les Chansons de Bilitis, NCE, 1621]
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The gay community is not enamored of the concept of `old,'" says Phyllis Lyon, who together with her partner, Del Martin, founded what is believed to e the nation's first lesbian organization, the Daughters of Bilitis, in San Francisco in 1955.
Organizations such as the Daughters of Bilitis, ONE, Inc.
Frankie's arrival in Washington relieved Cleveland's sister Rose, bluestocking and Daughter of Bilitis, of her role as First Lady regent.
The Daughters of Bilitis had been launched in San Francisco but I didn't know about it, and even if I had, the name would have been an insurmountable stumbling block in my case.
The organizers are the Bulgarian Red Cross, the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee, and Foundation Resource Center Bilitis.
No ordinary concert, the performance at CalArts revolved around a 25-minute work set to Debussy's Les Chansons de Bilitis (scored for two harps, two flutes, and celesta), with erotic poetry by Pierre Louys.
In 1972,1 was running for office, and two new organizations, one female and one male, the Daughters of Bilitis and the Homophile Union of Boston, sent out a questionnaire to all the state legislative candidates.
Madeleine, beautifully sung by Valerie Condoluci, only has one short aria at the outset of the opera, for example, but then sings La Chevelure, the second of the Trois Chansons de Bilitis; the figure of Bilitis walking through the icy park is Madeleine haunting the gardens of the House of Usher.
The Daughters of Bilitis did offer a Book and Record Service between 1960 and 1964 as a fundraising tool, but offered mostly lesbian literature and non-fiction.
There were other stirrings of gay awareness in the 60's, to be sure, but organizations like the Mattachine Society for gay men and the Daughters of Bilitis for lesbians were practically secret organizations--if only because the media refused to cover their activities--while their publications (ONE and The Ladder) were essentially samizdat.
100) It also started to move ahead of the other two major organizations, namely, Mattachine and Daughters of Bilitis (the first major lesbian organization), in its tone and demands.
In Rethinking the New Left, Van Gosse underscores the origins and the legacies of the hallmark actions of the 1960s with descriptions of the 1950s Daughters of Bilitis, several late-1960s Third World movements, and the Gay Liberation Front.