Lee Lynch’s Amazon Trail: Dykey Dorothy and Friends


Central Oregon Coast NOW

Aug 17, 2015

By Lee Lynch

Lee Lynch.  Photo by Sue Hardesty Lee Lynch. Photo by Sue Hardesty

Near where I live, closeted lesbians built and installed a bench on a mostly hidden concrete path between grassy sand dunes, out of sight of any casual observer. The bench was created in the mid 1990s to pay respect to members of the group who had died.

These women did not dare to name their dead. Even the full name of their sisterhood—a name that included the word lesbian—was too terrifying to engrave. Yet, I can guarantee that every group member read Rubyfruit Jungle and for the hours they spent with it they were unafraid. Because of such books, they dared to gather. They learned to value, in a way society did not, lesbian lives.

Where did this book come from? Was it pulp fiction? Was it some straight guy’s fantasy? No. It was a crossover book before…

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One thought on “Lee Lynch’s Amazon Trail: Dykey Dorothy and Friends

  1. reading this made my heart ache and, at the same time, I wanted to stand up and cheer. Women…all of us…are beyond amazing.

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