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Social Science Lesbian Studies

Making a Scene

Lesbians and Community across Canada, 1964-84

by (author) Liz Millward

UBC Press
Initial publish date
Nov 2015
Lesbian Studies, LGBTQ+, Human Rights, Women's Studies
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Nov 2015
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  • eBook

    Publish Date
    Nov 2015
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  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Jun 2016
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In the 1960s, a youthful and ambitious lesbian movement began taking shape in Canada. After decades of being pathologized, disparaged, or erased from public view, lesbians were ready to make a scene – both by calling attention to themselves and by creating places to come together and forge their own culture. Making a Scene tells this story, revisiting the spaces lesbians created across rural and urban Canada, from physical locations, such as bars, bookstores, and members’ clubs, to ephemeral sites, such as conferences, festivals, and protest marches. Enriched with interviews, this volume captures the exuberance and challenges of this transformational period.

About the author

Liz Millward is assistant professor, women's studies, University of Manitoba.

Liz Millward's profile page

Editorial Reviews

This well-researched study of twenty formative years of lesbian community-building in Canada covers a lot of ground … Millward has captured the flavor of an era by combining data from previous studies with eyewitness accounts and black-and-white photos from private collections. She proposes a symbiotic relationship between self-defined lesbians and their “scene” or social milieu: a lesbian identity requires a social context, and vice versa.

The Gay and Lesbian Review