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Finding Aid for the National Lesbian Feminist Organization Records, 1978-1979
1944  
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Description
The National Lesbian Feminist Organization (NLFO) was founded in 1978 as a grass roots organization in order to "act on a feminist platform which deals with the oppression of lesbians in all its manifestations,including but not limited to discrimination based on sexual preference, sex, race, age, class, and physical disability. As a grass roots organization concerned with accountability, the NLFO committed itself to fighting racism and classism both inside and outside the organization. Membership was open to all lesbians and women identified women who agreed with the purpose of the organization. This collections contains an organizational history, founding convention notes, correspondence, ad hoc and steering committee memos, financial statements, and newsletters. The papers also contain information on local and state chapters, resources, and lesbian rights marches. Highlighted are behind the scenes efforts to organize local chapters; the formation of the Lesbians of Color Caucus and statements; and disagreements over the credibility of "representative organizations."
Background
According to their literature, the National Lesbian Feminist Organization (NLFO) was founded in 1978 as a grass roots organization in order to "act on a feminist platform which deals with the oppression of lesbians in all its manifestations,including but not limited to discrimination based on sexual preference, sex, race, age, class, and physical disability. There is a need to achieve equal rights and legal protections for all lesbians...a need for developing lesbian culture." An Ad Hoc Committee formed in Los Angeles and took on the responsibility for the planning of the national convention to be held in July of 1978. A nationally based steering committee was selected at the convention, whose responsibility was to guide the organization through the first crucial months.
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1 document box (.5 linear ft.)
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Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.