Old Lesbians Organizing for Change (OLOC) stands with #BlackLivesMatter and #SayHerName and all involved in the work for racial, economic, and social justice, including protesters all over the world calling for accountability in every country.
Get Two Romance Novels and Support OLOC at the Same Time!
One of our newer members has decided to spend her retirement writing Lesbian romance novels for Old Lesbians who can still remember falling in love at a time when society found our relationships scandalous.
These two books are available to you for free. Mailing costs will be paid by the author. BUT if you enjoy the books, the author suggests you consider making a $10 donation to OLOC for each. Of course, you can give more if you want and are able to. No one should feel obligated to make this donation, but the author and OLOC would appreciate it. You can get the books ONLY UNTIL SEPTEMBER 30 by emailing email@example.com and they will be sent to the address you designate. What an easy way to support OLOC, and you get books out of the deal!
Most Lesbian women in the days before Stonewall kept their relationships and partnerships a secret for fear of losing employment security, straight friends, and family members. Our relationships were often endearing, very passionate, and the source of our strength while we lived honorable lives in the outside world. As a 70-year-old Lesbian woman who first knew her sexual orientation at 23, Martha E. Bellinger can still remember that first love with clarity and all the unbelievable passion she never knew was possible. She also experienced the angst and worry about employers and family members finding out her true sexuality, not fully coming out until age 34.
Her first award-winning novel, entitled The Two Ruths, tells the story of two women, both named Ruth (Ruth and Ruthie) who manage to find one another in rural upstate New York in the 1950s and fall in love with each other in their first Lesbian relationship. Ruthie runs a dairy farm and Ruth keeps house. This is loosely based upon the life of the author’s second cousin, Ruthie, who did in fact run such a farm and have such a partner. No one ever questioned their relationship because at that time and place, single women could live together, and society even felt “it was nice that these two spinsters had someone with whom they could live.”
The second novel, She Who Is Without Sin, is the sequel which tells you what happened to these partners as they remained together throughout the 1960s and 1970s. The second novel has more suspense, humor, and passion than the first. After reading the first book, if you wish to keep following this Lesbian couple, email firstname.lastname@example.org and this second novel will be sent to you with the author again covering the mailing costs. Another donation of $10 to OLOC is suggested, but not required, and both books will be signed personally by the author. What a win-win-win all around!
A Message from OLOC about the Epidemic:
The coronavirus is having a tremendous effect on our all lives. Many of us have been instructed to shelter in place and stay in our residences as much as possible in an attempt to slow and stop the spread of the virus. This can pose a major problem for Old Lesbians, who are often already isolated. However, there is no need to despair! OLOC is still active and thriving. The only thing that has changed at this point is that we are not meeting in person. But the chapters and the Steering Committee are finding other ways to carry on. There is something that almost all of us can find some way to do: reach out to others, stay connected to those who are important to you, ask for help if you need it, and look into the many opportunities to help others, whether that be with practical or financial assistance, a friendly check-in, or simply a smile. Spread some kindness around! Make THAT contagious.
And if you are interested in connecting with other members, you can check out our online forum at groups.io/g/NationalOLOC.
Please stay safe, everyone. You do not need to distance yourself socially from others, only physically! We are survivors and we will get through this.
OLOC’s Second National Video Meeting a Zooming Success!
On June 27, OLOC held its second National Zoom meeting, with approximately 60 Old Lesbians in attendance. The topic was: What kind of activism work can you do while staying home or safe from COVID-19? All who were there are activists who lament that we can’t march now for Black Lives Matter because of our age and COVID-19. In this Zoom event, the facilitators randomly separated participants into various chat rooms. Each room was asked to have a notetaker to list the activities of its members. The compilation of those notes is here and we hope you will check it out! Many thanks to Mev Miller, 1955, for putting it together, and to the tech team (Mev, Deirdre Knowles, 1947, Ruth Debra, 1944, JR, 1943, and Retts Scauzillo, 1953) for leading another successful meeting!
It’s not hard to find people who need help. Just about all of us can do something to take action now to fight racism and ease the pain of the pandemic for others, two of the most pressing issues of the present time. Everyone can make a difference and have an impact, no matter how small you think your actions are!
Ruth says: “Thank you to all you OLOC Zoomers. Thank you for doing the survey and coming up with such great ideas for future meetings. We will Zoom again in August; date to be announced, so watch your email. So good to see so many Old Lesbian faces!”Download the Zoom Notes
OLOC Rhode Island Zooms!
The Rhode Island chapter is meeting biweekly via Zoom. “It’s been a relief, blessing, and touchstone support for all of us. We enjoy it a lot and are grateful to have this way to stay in touch!” — Mev
OLOC Mission StatementTo eliminate the oppression of ageism and to stand in solidarity against all oppressions.
OLOC Vision Statement
OLOC will be a cooperative community of Old Lesbian feminist activists from many backgrounds working for justice and the well-being of all Old Lesbians.
OLOC in Action
We are a national network of Old Lesbians in our 60th year or older working to confront ageism in our communities and our country. We use education and public discourse as our primary tools.
Our national organization is directed by a Steering Committee that works to form and support local groups who will work in their own communities.
We hold biennial National Gatherings allowing us to come together to share experiences and ideas and recharge our energies for the tasks at hand.
We believe that we have a great deal of wisdom, experience, and strength to share with our communities as well as among ourselves.
Everyone will have her older life made better by the work we do.
We are dedicated to preserving and enhancing the Lesbian voice as well as increasing Lesbian visibility in a world that stifles it and threatens to erase it.
OLOC Works for Change by Supporting:
- comprehensive immigration reform
- elimination of violence against women
- enactment of universal single-payer healthcare for all
- an end to corporate “personhood”
- an end to any curtailment of voting rights
- the Black Lives Matter movement
- the Say Her Name! movement
- the civil rights of all indigenous people
- efforts to achieve net zero CO2 emissions
- efforts to reduce climate crisis impacts that fall disproportionately on the poor and vulnerable