Season 4: Episode 6: Stella Rush ("Sten Russell")




Making Gay History | LGBTQ Oral Histories from the Archive show

Summary: Read a biographical overview of Stella Rush by Judith M. Saunders in <a href="https://books.google.com/books?id=V7nKAgAAQBAJ&amp;pg=PA135&amp;dq=Before+Stonewall:+Activists+for+Gay+and+Lesbian+Rights+in+Historical+Context+stella+rush&amp;hl=en&amp;sa=X&amp;ved=0ahUKEwjO-PrJivPeAhWO7FMKHbpsDNAQ6AEIKjAA#v=onepage&amp;q=Before%20Stonewall%3A%20Activists%20for%20Gay%20and%20Lesbian%20Rights%20in%20Historical%20Context%20stella%20rush&amp;f=false">this chapter</a> from <em>Before Stonewall: Activists for Gay and Lesbian Rights in Historical Context</em>, edited by Vern L. Bullough. In the same book,Rush herself also contributed a chapter on her longtime partner and fellow activist Helen Sandoz (aka Helen Sanders) <a href="https://books.google.com/books?id=V7nKAgAAQBAJ&amp;pg=PA145#v=onepage&amp;q&amp;f=false">here</a>.<br>Watch a May 15, 1987 <a href="http://herstories.prattinfoschool.nyc/omeka/exhibits/show/daughters-of-bilitis-video-pro/stella-rush---helen-sandoz">interview</a> with Stella Rush and Helen Sandoz (off-camera) from the Lesbian Herstory Archives’ Daughters of Bilitis Video Project.<br>In the late 1980s, Jim Kepner wrote an essay on Stella Rush, Helen Sandoz, and the other women who contributed to ONE, which you can read <a href="https://www.tangentgroup.org/the-women-of-one/">here</a>. For a historical overview of <em>ONE </em>magazine, ONE Inc., and the ONE Gay &amp; Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries, go <a href="https://www.onearchives.org/about/history/">here</a>.  Be sure to check out our episode on the founders and early contributors to ONE, including Kepner, <a href="https://makinggayhistory.com/podcast/legg-block-and-kepner/">here</a>.  You can read Rush’s resignation letter from ONE <a href="https://www.tangentgroup.org/resignation-of-stella-rush/">here</a>.<br>You can read a snippet of Rush’s reporting on the 1960 Daughters of Bilitis convention in San Francisco in <em>The Ladder</em> <a href="http://outhistory.org/files/original/c1beb00305edf5a177f0e3e2b99ff80c.pdf">here</a>. For information about <em>The Ladder</em>, the magazine published by the Daughters of Bilitis, read Malinda Lo’s <a href="https://www.afterellen.com/columns/33656-back-in-the-day-the-ladder-americas-first-national-lesbian-magazine">AfterEllen.com article</a>. And take a tour of a GLBT Historical Society exhibit about <em>The Ladder</em> in this <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8FytsH6P2c">video</a>.  <br>To learn more about the Daughters of Bilitis, read Marcia M. Gallo’s <a href="https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/different-daughters-marcia-m-gallo/1103855259"><em>Different Daughters—A History of the Daughters of Bilitis and the Rise of the Lesbian Movement</em></a> and be sure to listen to <a href="https://makinggayhistory.com/podcast/phyllis-lyon-del-martin/">our episode with DOB co-founders Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon</a>, too.<br><br><br><br><br>