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Pride & Empowerment

Who Took the Politics Out of Pride? flyer (1994)
“Lesbian feminists especially cannot waste this opportunity to educate ourselves and others….”
In this flyer, the Boston Women’s Action Coalition (WAC) react negatively to the Boston Pride Committee’s transformation of Pride into a festive celebration, rather than a political demonstration. Also noticing the lack of women on the Boston Pride Committee, the Boston WAC flyer ask why the Committee was dominated by men. Although gay men and lesbians face many of the same forms of discrimination, differences in culture and concerns and the history of male oppression of women have caused tension between gays and lesbians in many organizations. The Boston WAC formed in 1992 to take direct action on issues relating to the rights of women. It disbanded in 1996. From the Women's Action Coalition (Boston, Mass.) records.

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