Sensible Footwear: A Girl's Guide
Before today's LGBTQI universe expanded from the Big Bang of Stonewall, post-war Britain was like so much of the world today, hostile towards and virtually in denial (and worse) to anything we might now call `queer'.
In 1950 male homosexuality carried a custodial sentence; blackmail, violence and the fear of exposure were ever-present. Female homosexuality had never been an offence in the UK (allegedly, no-one could bring themselves to explain the facts to Queen Victoria) effectively rendering the Sapphic sisterhood even more invisible than they already were - often to themselves. Most who knew they were `different', or came to that realisation later on, were flying blind - unless one went to public school. Growing up in the North was a rich and colourful experience for Kate Charlesworth, but at the time it seemed anything overtly queer was thin on the ground.
Like countless other girls and women, Kate took what role models were on offer, and failing that, made them up, in the spirit of that classic old dyke joke: `What do lesbians use?' `Their imagination...'
|Publication date||25 July 2019|
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