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#tbt Barbara Grier (November 4, 1933 – November 10, 2011) was an American writer and publisher most widely known for co-founding Naiad Press and writing and editing The Ladder under the pseudonym Gene Damon.She claims she came out as a lesbian at 12 years old and spent her life finding as much information about female homosexuality as she could.Her parents divorced when she was 13 years old. Grier went to the library to discover more about lesbians after noticing her own behavior patterns were different from her friends. She told her mother that she was homosexual, and her mother replied, "No, because you're a woman, you're a lesbian. And since 12 years old is too young to make such a decision, let's wait six months before we tell the newspapers."She began collecting books when her mother gave her a copy of The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall when she was 16 years old.She describes her collection of lesbian-themed books as Lesbiana, a collection that was fueled by a "love affair with lesbian publishing."
Shortly after Grier graduated high school in 1951, she met Helen Bennett in a public library. They spent 20 years together living in Denver, Colorado while Bennett went to library school, then moving to Kansas City where both worked in public libraries. #lesbian #lesbianhistory
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