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Dress codes in the late 1970s


In the mid to late 1970s, Gill and Betty note that there was more mixing between lesbian and heterosexual feminists but that there was a which helped identify their sexual :
G: “I used to notice the way in which the straight women would take a fair bit of care to dress in ways that would signify that they were straight, so although they were quite clearly people, they might be wearing dungarees, but they would also wear dangly earrings or something that the lesbians necessarily wouldn’t”.
B: “In those days feminist lesbians didn’t wear dangly earrings. When I first came out at The Gates ( in ) there was a fairly scene”. (around 1969/70)
G: “And in Birmingham”.

Contributed by: Gill Coffin, 63, Betty Hagglund, 50

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