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Secret sisters : stories of being lesbian and bisexual in a college sorority
Windmeyer, Shane L.
First edition.
Publication Information:
Los Angeles : Alyson Books, 2001.

Physical Description:
xli, 336 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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LJ51 .S43 2000 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Their first book 'Out On Fraternity Row,' exposed the problems faced by gay men in colleges and universities and now in this new volume the editors tackle the issues faced by lesbian and bisexual women. Although predominantly centred around the US college system, there is much here of interest to students and academics in the UK and European systems.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Gratitude, bewilderment, nostalgia, vitriol and a host of other emotions emerge from the pages of Secret Sisters: Stories of Being Lesbian and Bisexual in a College Sorority, edited by Shane L. Windmeyer and Pamela W. Freeman (Out on Fraternity Row). In honest, fascinating essays, lesbian and bisexual women tell of their experiences in the Greek system from the 1950s to the present. Some of them came out and were warmly accepted (one woman brought her girlfriend to the end-of-the-year formal), while others were ostracized and put on probation by their sisters, and others simply left. This rare glimpse into a cloistered world will intrigue women of all ages. ( Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Table of Contents

Sheila James KuehlNancy J. EvansKristin H. GriffithElana MendelsonK.P. BrownNancy HaverLiz Garibay and Sandie BassKristine L. AbneyJane BarnesMollie M. Monahan"Carolyn"Tiffany HendrixAli CannonHelen HarrellChris HamptonJennifer "Smitty" SmithE. Guzik"Christina Galabres"Dianne CatalanoKatie StuckemeyerMichelle Fouts"Jessi Opynth""Marie Baker"Lindsay HeyErin A. LawsonKelly Steelman"Sheryl Solomon"Sara SperlingE. PlemonsKrista DunbarLeanna L. HeritageJessie StraussSelene JonesShane L. Windmeyer and Pamela W. FreemanRegina Young HyattRebecca Jimenez and Douglas BauderTeresa L. HallSonia ImMasche
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Editors' Notep. xiii
About the Lambda 10 Projectp. xix
Inter/National Sorority Chapter Listingp. xx
Uppercase Greek Alphabetp. xxii
Forewordp. xxiii
Introductionp. xxvii
In Your Eyesp. 1
Never, Never Landp. 16
Anchor of Denialp. 23
Mistaken Identityp. 38
I Have a Sisterp. 44
Better Late Than Neverp. 49
Anger, Fear, and Rejection
The Clubp. 53
One Heart, One Wayp. 62
Nightmare of a National Officerp. 71
The Back Stepsp. 78
On Trialp. 84
PanHELLenic Experiencep. 93
A Chance to Rejectp. 98
Belonging to Myselfp. 104
Sisterly Love and Friendship
And Then I Kissed a Womanp. 113
Who I Amp. 120
More Than a Token Lesbianp. 126
A Quiet Acceptancep. 135
Sharing My Secretp. 140
My Sister, My Lovep. 144
Unconditional Lovep. 151
Out and Proud
In Pursuit of Ani DiFrancop. 159
It's Nice to Have a Dyke Around the Housep. 168
Truth or Darep. 174
Out Greek Leaderp. 184
The True Testp. 190
The Food Chainp. 199
Sisterhoodp. 209
Rushing Outp. 217
Straight Sisters' Perspectives
Friend For Lifep. 227
Unnaturally Closep. 233
Conclusionp. 241
Interventions and Resources
How to Use Stories as an Educational Toolp. 255
Meaning of Sisterhood Concentric Circle Exercisep. 270
How Homophobia Hurts Sisterhoodp. 273
What Do You Do When You Learn a Sister Is Lesbian or Bisexual?p. 277
Creating a Greek Safe Zone Ally Programp. 281
Because The Bible Tells Me So...p. 287
Dealing With Sororities and Sexual Orientationp. 293
Responding to a Tragedy of Homophobiap. 300
Checklist for a Climate of Acceptancep. 314
Questions, Policy Statements, and Resolutions Affirming Diversityp. 318
Out and Online: Being Gay and Greek Resourcesp. 330
It's All Gay and Greek to Me: Definitions of Commonly Used Gay and Greek Terminologyp. 332
About the Editorsp. 337