Out of print for years, this explosive international best-seller is back, with a new foreword analyzing the unprecedented impact of Lesbian Nuns: Breaking Silence on the lesbian community and on mainstream culture. In new afterwords, the co-editors reveal how the book came to be and what happened when, for the first time in history, a lesbian book from a small publisher went mainstream.
Each nun in these stories describes her individual and searing path in, or out of, the convent to discover and face the truth of herself. Still myth-shattering, the stories remind us of the courage required to live—and love—in congruence with our authentic selves.
"Oblivious to the controversies that surrounded the initial publication of Lesbian Nuns: Breaking Silence, whether they originated within the Catholic Church or the lesbian feminist movement, thousands of readers across the decades have embraced the book and found their lives changed by its message of empowerment."
Joanne E. Passet, Ph.D., Professor of History, Indiana University East
This ground-breaking book, co-edited with Rosemary Keefe Curb, Ph.D., recounts the struggles and accomplishments of 50 lesbian former and present nuns, including the editors. This best-seller was featured on the Phil Donahue and Sally Jessie Rafael shows and in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and Newsweek. Includes 50 photos, a glossary of terms, and an annotated bibliography.
Lesbian Nuns: Breaking Silence was published in various hardcover and paperback editions and was translated into six other languages: Dutch, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Spanish. It was published in eleven countries: Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain, and the United States.
As the authors had no say in foreign rights to the book, the new covers and translated titles were sometimes shocking. See Photo Gallery below.
Original Naiad Press edition, 1985, 420 pages. Original edition cover shown above.
Lesbians, Lightning, and Bears!!!
First published in 1997, Nancy’s second ground-breaking anthology contains hilarious, heartbreaking, and inspiring stories by 32 lesbian Girl Scout members, volunteers, camp counselors, and professionals.
This re-released classic is the first book to explore the contributions lesbians have made to scouting and the impact scouting has had on lesbians. The book also documents similarities and differences between Girl Scouts’ and Boy Scouts’ policies regarding discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
With a foreword by Victoria A. Brownworth
"Girl Scouting prepared me for my jobs and my life by giving me a sense of self and the confidence to dream big."
Jill Cruise, Olivia Travel Vice President
2nd Edition: NanBec Books, 2021
Nancy Manahan, Book Tour, 2013.