Lesbian Nuns: Breaking Silence (2013 Edition)

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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 

Lesbian Nuns: Breaking Silence (1985 Edition)

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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. Published in 8 languages, 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, Portueguese, 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 satisfying and sometimes shocking.


Original Naiad Press edition, 1985, 420 pages. Original edition cover shown above.

On My Honor: Lesbians Reflect on their Scouting Experiences

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Nancy’s second ground-breaking anthology contains funny, riveting, inspiring, and heart-breaking stories by 33 lesbian Girl Scout members, volunteers, camp counselors, and professionals. Highlights similarities and differences between Girl Scouts’ and Boy Scouts’ policies regarding discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Includes 38 graphics, 58 photos, and a glossary of terms.


Madwoman Press, 1997, 288 pages.