A Historic Project of Edythe Eyde
1945, Edythe Eyde, a young secretary from northern California, set out
for Los Angeles to escape her overbearing parents. It was there that she
first met other women like her, and it was there that she first put her
ideas about homosexuality down on paper in her own "magazine"
for lesbians, which she produced using sheets of carbon paper on her office
typewriter. Beginning in mid-1947, Lisa produced nine editions of Vice
Versa, which she distributed to her friends, who, in turn, passed them
on to their friends. Although Lisa was able to produce only ten copies
of each edition, her publication was almost certainly read by dozens,
if not hundreds before it disappeared into history...
essay above is excerpted from Making History: The Struggle for Gay and
Lesbian Equal Rights, 1945-1990, An Oral History by Eric Marcus, HarperCollins,
And Lisa Ben is also a hero of mine because she did some of the earliest gay parodies, done by a gay person.
1960 the lesbian organization Daughters of Bilitis released a 45 rpm
record of two of her songs.
are the lyrics for "Frankie & Johnnie," a piece of history,
Above & below (1951) courtesy of the ONE Archives
From a Facebook post of mine...
Our Pioneers Wrote Science Fiction...in the 1940s
In Los Angeles Jim Kepner helped found One Magazine (1953) and the One Institute; and Edythe Eyde (aka Lisa Ben) created the first lesbian publication in the country, Vice Versa, in 1947. And before that they wrote science fiction fantasy. Kepner used the name Jyke and Edythe was Tigrina the Devil Doll.
I knew most of this already, but today stumbled upon a 6-minute radio interview with One's current Director Joseph R. Hawkins that I encourage you to check out, here
Trivia: before I moved to Houston I took a cross-country trip, in 1980, and when I got to L.A. I had a brief visit with Jim Kepner, and gave him, for the One Institute, the then-complete run of Norfolk's Our Own Community Press, of which I had been Editor.
A link with Lisa Ben info: