Southern Willamette Valley

OCF Lunch and Learn - Outliers and Outlaws: Eugene Lesbian History

Outliers & Outlaws is a digital exhibit of composite videos that documents a fascinating lesbian history. Based on the Eugene Lesbian Oral History Project, this exhibit explores the experiences and contributions of hundreds of lesbians who moved to Eugene, Oregon, and lands south of there in the 1960s-90s. These young women dared to imagine a different world and brought it into existence through lesbian spaces, cooperative businesses, and cultural collectives. A number were plaintiffs on key lawsuits that overturned discriminatory Oregon statutes and contributed to the national LGBTQ civil rights movement.  

Most of the narrators in Outliers and Outlaws are now in their 70s and 80s, and they tell stories and offer advice that encourage young people to live their own lives freely and authentically. At the heart of this project is the opportunity for intergenerational conversations between queer youth and queer elders. The artist Tee Corinne asserted, “The lack of a publicly accessible history is a devastating form of oppression; lesbians face it constantly.” The videos, exhibits and historical context of Outliers & Outlaws offer young people and educators an important history and models for living that are otherwise lost.  

Join us on June 23 at 12 pm for a presentation by Professor Judith Raiskin and Courtney Hermann about their work and upcoming projects, including a documentary film that follows seven Outliers and Outlaws narrators’ contemporary lives and ties their achievements and contributions to this unique Oregon history. 

During the event, attendees will be able to see excerpts from the documentary and digital exhibition tied to OCF’s grantmaking goals and impact areas, including Arts and Culture, Lands, and Education. 

This event is hosted by two OCF staff groups: The Culture Squad and OCF Pride, our LGBTQ+ Dialogue Group. 

RSVP here to register for the event.

We hope to see you on June 23, 2022.