OUT AT CHM: Before the Gay Games, Lesbians in the Ballpark

June 8, 2006

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Long before the Gay Games were imaginable, in the days when it was controversial enough just to organize women's baseball and softball leagues, lesbian women played a large but mostly unspoken role. Even as league owners tried to protect their reputations by purging lesbians and insisting their players look feminine, lesbians found one another on the playing field and created a vibrant community. Susan Cahn, a historian at SUNY-Buffalo and author of Coming on Strong: Gender and Sexuality in Twentieth-Century Women's Sport, and Anne Enke, a University of Wisconsin historian and author of a forthcoming book on women's activism in the upper Midwest, explore the historic role of the ballpark as a site of lesbian community.

 

Recorded Thursday, June 08, 2006 at Chicago History Museum.