Junior Lucy Martin joins Hollie Marquess to discuss Edythe Eyde and her contributions to Queer Media that helped to shape a lesbian identity and inspire the LGBTQ Civil Rights movements at mid-century. Eyde wrote the first lesbian newsletter in the U.S., “Vice Versa” and also sang about queer life.
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While working at RKO Pictures, Edythe’s boss told her to “look busy” and so she typed her lesbian newsletter with carbon copies to distribute.
Ben, Lisa. “Vice Versa,” Queer Music Heritage. https://queermusicheritage.com/viceversa0.html (Copies of Vice Versa)
Eyde, Edythe. Interview by Eric Marcus, n.d. in “Edyth Eyde aka Lisa Ben.” October 26, 2016, Making Gay History: LGBTQ Oral Histories from the Archives, produced by Pineapple Street Media, podcast, 15:33, https://makinggayhistory.com/podcast/episode-1-3/.
Edye, Edythe. Interview by Eric Marcus, n.d. in “Bonus Episode- Edyth Eyde’s Gay Gal’s Mixtape.” October 11, 2017, Making Gay History: LGBTQ Oral Histories from the Archives, produced by Pineapple Street Media, podcast, 13:23, https://makinggayhistory.com/podcast/bonus-episode-edythe-eydes-gay-gals-mixtape/.
Hansen, Rob. “Tigrina (Edythe Edye).” http://www.fiawol.org.uk/fanstuff/THEN%20Archive/LASFS/Tigrina.htm.
Legare, Lydia. “Lisa Ben’s Songbook.” https://lydialegare.wixsite.com/lisabenssongbook.
Marcus, Eric. Making History: The Struggle for Gay and Lesbian Equal Rights, 1945-1990; An Oral History. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1992.
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