5 things you may not know about Eugene’s lesbian history


A large banner carried by marchers at the 1993 March on Washington for Lesbian, Gay and Bi-Equal Rights and Liberation greets museum goers as they enter the "Outliers and Outlaws—Stories from the Eugene Lesbian History Project” exhibit at the Museum of Natural and Cultural History in Eugene.

Through a new exhibit in the Museum of Natural and Cultural History at the University of Oregon, visitors can explore the rich and detailed history of the lesbian community in Eugene and the state of Oregon.

Eugene is known to be a hub for LGBTQ activism and inclusion, especially for lesbians.

Over the past four years, UO associate professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Judith Raiskin and UO curator of manuscripts Linda Long collected images, symbols and stories on this history, speaking with 83 lesbians about their experiences living in Eugene.

Hundreds of hours of oral history have been consolidated into the exhibit Outliers & Outlaws: Stories from the Eugene Lesbian History Project. It will be open through the end of 2023 at the museum, 1680 E. 15th Ave.

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