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Lesbians (Gay Life)

Gay women from different generations discuss their experiences in this revealing TV documentary

1981 34 mins


Lesbian women from very different generations talk frankly about their experiences growing up and coming out in this episode of ITV series Gay Life. From 86-year-old Sybil, a one-time suffragette who recalls discovering her sexuality in the early 20th century, to Julie, a young lesbian feminist challenging social norms through the women's movement, this engaging documentary gives voice to a broad range of women's ideas about their sexuality. Two of the interviewees appeared in the groundbreaking This Week documentary Lesbians (1965), also available on BFI Player.

Gay Life was made by London Weekend Television and looked at topics such as the portrayal of gay people in the media, police harassment and gay teachers. Other episodes of Gay Life are also available on BFI Player.