Gloria Brame, Ph.D.

Simple Title, Powerful Statement: Lesbian Pulp Fiction

Filed By Gloria Brame, Ph.D. | April 28, 2011 11:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Entertainment, Gay Icons and History
Tags: I Am A Lesbian,, lesbian fiction, lesbian history, lesbian pulp fiction, LGBT history, Lora Sela

The title was so obvious at first I smiled, but then I stopped and thought about what a strong political act it is to state simply and without apology, "I Am A Lesbian." No "twilight hunger" or "perverse passions," just an honest and powerful statement of fact - particularly in 1958 when this was published.

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According to Astrodyke, the back cover reads: "Stories relating to lesbianism are very numerous today. This is surely proof that people are interested in the subject and its treatment. Lesbians are a part of our society and they will very likely remain so. In this book Lora Sela does not write that its characters have *tendencies*; instead they are *real* lesbians whose hearts are as warm and deserving of understanding as any other segment of our human life."


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Lynn Miller | April 29, 2011 2:36 AM

Yes, Gloria, the direct and honest title is surprising, especially considering its date of publication. I would be interested in finding out if the author was lesbian or not. A couple other books were published under the name "Lora Sela", and they seem to be more typical heterosexual fare (Fiancée seduced while her betrothed is away, or female model exploited by her photographer.) However, "Lora Sela" also seems to have been a pen name, and may have been used by more than one writer.

I Am a Lesbian was published by Saber Books, which was based in Fresno, California (of all places.) Two men behind the operation were repeatedly hauled to court in the 1950s and 1960s on obscenity charges, at one point being sentenced to $20,000 in fines and 20 years in prison for mailing books to Michigan in violation of postal laws.

The blonde is always the bottom, lol. That started a long time ago.