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Nestle, Joan (b. 1940)  
 
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In the same volume she reflected, "I have experienced three sublimely beautiful things in my life, and each has been judged unacceptable by large parts of society: the taste and touch of women lovers, the wondrous feeling of being part of a people working to free themselves, and for almost thirty years, the trust and attention of students many others did not want to teach."

She further stated, "In all these places I saw how fragile hope was and yet how tenaciously it survived in the lives of those below the gaze of national power."

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Fragile hope may be, but through her bravery, candor, and generosity, Nestle has done her part to fortify it in the glbtq community.

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    Bibliography
   

DeLombard, Jeannine. "A Fragile Union: New and Selected Writings. (Review)." Lambda Book Report 7.5 (December 1998): 21.

Fox, Katrina. "Unlocking the Puzzle of Fem." (2003). www.katrinafox.com/nestle.htm.

Halden, Loann. "On the Pulse of Herstory with Joan Nestle." (2002). www.twnonline.org/Archive_TWN/021010/021010_news_profile.htm.

Keehnen, Owen. "Preserving History: A Talk with Joan Nestle." (1993). www.glbtq.com/sfeatures/interviewjnestle.html.

Leyden, Liz. "Taking up Where the History Books Left Off: Lesbian Archives Celebrate 25 Years." Washington Post (October 23, 1999): C1.

Nestle, Joan. A Fragile Union: New and Selected Writings. San Francisco: Cleis Press, 1998.

_____, ed. The Persistent Desire: A Femme-Butch Reader. Boston: Alyson Publications, 1992.

_____. "Wars and Thinking." Journal of Women's History 15.3 (Autumn 2003): 49-57.

Queen, Carol. "Her Story: Joan Nestle." Lambda Book Report 7.3 (October 1998): 6-8.

Thistlethwaite, Polly. "Lesbian Herstory Archives." Lesbian Histories and Cultures. Bonnie Zimmerman, ed. New York and London: Garland Publishing, 2000. 459-460.

 

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    Author: Rapp, Linda  
    Entry Title: Nestle, Joan  
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
    Publication Name: glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Transgender, and Queer Culture
 
    Publication Date: 2005  
    Date Last Updated May 17, 2006  
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