The National Lesbian Feminist Organization (NLFO) was founded in 1978 as a grassroots organization in order to "act on a feminist
platform which deals with the oppression of lesbians in all its manifestations,including but not limited to discrimination
based on sexual preference, sex, race, age, class, and physical disability". As a grassroots organization concerned with accountability,
the NLFO committed itself to fighting racism and classism both inside and outside the organization. Membership was open to
all lesbians and women identified women whose beliefs aligned with the organization's mission. This collection contains an
organizational history, founding convention notes, correspondence, ad hoc and steering committee memos, financial statements,
and newsletters. The papers also contain information on local and state chapters, resources, and lesbian rights marches. Highlighted
are behind the scenes efforts to organize local chapters, the formation of the Lesbians of Color Caucus and statements, and
disagreements over the credibility of "representative organizations."
According to their literature, the National Lesbian Feminist Organization (NLFO) was founded in 1978 as a grassroots organization
in order to "act on a feminist platform which deals with the oppression of lesbians in all its manifestations,including but
not limited to discrimination based on sexual preference, sex, race, age, class, and physical disability. There is a need
to achieve equal rights and legal protections for all lesbians...a need for developing lesbian culture." An Ad Hoc Committee
formed in Los Angeles and took on the responsibility for the planning of the national convention to be held in July of 1978.
A nationally based steering committee was selected at the convention, whose responsibility was to guide the organization through
the first crucial months.
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