How Arena 3 Saved My Life

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Dr Jane Traies

Research Associate at the University of Sussex.

Lesbian networking before the Internet.

In these days of Diva, dating sites and meet-ups, it’s easy to forget that as recently fifty years ago, simply finding each other was a real challenge for lesbians. The arrival of the very first lesbian newsletter, Arena Three, in 1964 was a quiet revolution. This presentation foregrounds the oral testimonies of older lesbians whose lives were changed by this new contact with other women like themselves.

There will also be original copies of Arena Three from the 1960s and 1970s, collected by the Hall-Carpenter Archive, available to see.

Dr Jane Traies (@JaneTraies) is a Research Associate at the University of Sussex. After a long career as a teacher and head teacher in state schools, Jane worked as a consultant, leadership coach and diversities trainer before becoming a full-time student in 2008. She gained her PhD in Gender Studies at Sussex in 2014.

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