After two years of dispute during which lesbians accused various women's groups of discriminating against them and attempting to bury the lesbian question, Jill Johnston, columnist for the Village Voice, and others called a conference at Columbia University in New York City on December 16, 1972 in order to make peace with straight women. In addition to Jill Johnston, there are speeches and discussion by Florence Rush, New York Radical Feminists (NYRF); Jan Peterson, NYRF; Denise Lewis, who speaks on behalf of lesbians who either could not or chose not to attend the conference; Martha Shelley, lesbian activist who responds to Lewis' statement; an unidentified lesbian separatist; Ruth Simpson, unofficial speaker and past president of Daughters of Bilitis; Deborah Glick, lesbian activist; Jackie Early, who reads a prose poem; and Gloria Steinem, feminist activist. Produced by Nanette Rainone. Contains sensitive language.
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