East Bay Yesterday

Queer women of color and history: Lenn Keller and Mia Nakano on efforts to create and preserve stories that are often erased

Segment 1: Although Oakland has one of the highest concentrations of lesbians in the country, the history—and impact—of this community is relatively unknown. Lenn Keller is trying to change that with the upcoming launch of the Bay Area Lesbian Archives, a wide-ranging collection of photographs, activist materials, meeting notes, videos and more. In this episode, Keller shares stories of why some of the world’s first lesbian of color groups formed, discusses the thriving network of collectives that existed here in the 1970s and 80s, and reminisces about some of her favorite lesbian bars of the era.

Note: The Bay Area Lesbian Archives site has not launched yet, but to support the organization online, visit the fiscal sponsor’s webpage:

Segment 2: Acclaimed Oakland-based photographer Mia Nakano is the founder of two incredible projects that are both focused on queer Asian Pacific American identity and history. In this interview, Mia discusses her work with The Visibility Project and Resilience Archives

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Hosted by: Liam O’Donoghue


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