Boots of Leather, Slippers of Gold

Kennedy, Elizabeth Lapovsky
David, Madeline D.
Date published: 
August 2014

Boots of Leather, Slippers of Gold traces the evolution of the lesbian community in Buffalo, New York from the mid-1930s up to the early 1960s. Drawing upon the oral histories of 45 women, it is the first comprehensive history of a working-class lesbian community. This 20th anniversary edition republishes the book for a new generation of readers, and includes a new preface by the authors. For anyone interested in lesbian life during the 1950s, or in the dynamics of butch-fem culture, this study remains the one that set the highest standard for all oral histories and ethnographies of lesbian communities.