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By Beth Maples-Bays
Lesbian Echoes is a podcast centered on life experiences of older lesbians.

All rights reserved. 2021

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Diane F. Germain - Lesbian Extraordinaire
Qualified psychiatric social worker, expert on women in media
November 02, 2021
Michelle Fusco - Wife and end of life caregiver, vet and mom
Wife, Mom, Veteran, College graduate, End of life caregiver, Wife again
November 02, 2021
Dianne and Marge - Health care professionals documenting lesbian lives
Lovely lesbian couple together for 43 years
November 02, 2021
Mel Stapper - Firefighter and shero who sacrificed
Firefighter, shero who nearly gave her life in her fight to protect her community
October 19, 2021
Batya Weinbaum - Author, artist, academic, activist and warmly likeable.
Batya Weinaum - A whirlwind of lesbian feminist activism, academic achievement and author of more than 20 books, yet down to earth and likeable.
October 13, 2021
Joey Brite - Dynamic butch activist
From the early days of MichFest to activism around current issues, Brite has been on the forefront of the lesbian feminist movement for a long time.
October 06, 2021
Caroline Meagher - Trailblazer in UK military living in Edinburgh with roots in Ireland
Soldier, Activist, beloved focus of film "The Investigator", now Gender Critical
September 27, 2021
Ruby Barnett - from UK to Israel to California, this woman has traveled many roads
World traveler, culture chameleon, mother, barrister, English reared Californian, Orthodox Jewish upbringing, Israeli kibbutzer
September 01, 2021
Spider Redgold - Wise Womon, Witch, Radical Feminist
Wise womon from down under, outside Sydney in New South Wales with many years as an activist starting in the Women's Liberation Movement aka the Second Wave.
August 24, 2021
Sylvia Santos - Teacher, Author, Femme, Greatgrandmother
Listen to the story of a little Hispanic girl called "dumb" who went on to be a teacher for 30 years, an author of multiple children's books and much more.
August 17, 2021
Beth Maples-Bays - Lesbian Feminist journey through Transland to Gender Critical Feminist
Beth is the host of Lesbian Echoes and is interview by Beau Knowles, local LGBTQ activist and long-time friend. The episode leads from a start in a lesbian feminist community in Montana to Knoxville, Tennessee, at a time when there was little lesbian community to be found. Listen to Beth as she chronicles her nursing, her writing and her activism.
August 09, 2021
Maria Valentine from the Left Coast back home to the Midwest
From Singer to IT to Entrepeneur to Writer and Caregiver
August 01, 2021
Linda Cox - Versatile Trailblazer and soon-to-be Butch Air BNB
Butch of all trades - Military, Barber, Truck Driver
July 20, 2021
Lori Ellen - NYC in the mid 70s to long distance custody battle from NC. Also 3 Mile Island scare.
Coming out in the mid-70s, Lori Ellen found her way to Identity House and the Duchess Bar. Alarmed by stories of 3 Mile Island, she fled to Chicago. After seeing her daughter through childhood brain cancer, she had to fight for custody long distance.
July 12, 2021
Kim Barget - New York cabbie, Lesbian Avenger, Gay Men's Health Crisis pioneer, Teacher
Listen to Kim's story beginning at age 17 in Brooklyn as she grows to become a member of the LGBTQ community with many experiences along the way. From early NYC Dyke March to the Gay Men's Health Crisis to becoming a teacher. She also outlines her plans for retirement.
July 05, 2021
Captain Mel - Sailor and Animal lover
Come sail with Captain Mel in the Keys and across the Atlantic. We will see her home in Iowa with her dog rescue.
June 29, 2021
Marie - musician and wise elder
Marie has chosen to remain anonymous. Her story tells of the early days in the era of Stonewall and the Daughters of Bilitus. Also discussed is the role of lesbians in the AIDS crisis.
June 21, 2021
Jo Campbell - British Sporting Youth, now Gender Critical Lesbian Feminist Activist
Listen to Jo Campbell from Manchester, UK, as she tells her tales of lesbian youth in sports, university activities and a move to the big city of Manchester. She is an active gender critical feminist who has plans for a future program for gender nonconforming youth.
June 15, 2021
Revised Introduction to Lesbian Echoes
Lesbian Echoes is a podcast about the lives of older lesbians. Listen to the tapestry of their varied stories.
June 10, 2021
Lois Goss - Florida native transplanted to the Land o' Lakes of Wisconsin, Lois is the community Mom
Listen to the story of a sheltered young girl coming out only to find herself in an abusive relationship. Rising above those times, Lois moved to Wisconsin where she has seen her community grow. Every town needs a Mom like Lois.
June 10, 2021
Gaye Chapman - tradeswoman, media owner and concerned lesbian community member
Coming out in the 70s, Gaye made her way from Arizona to California to work in a non-traditional trade as an electrician. Now as an electrical inspector and part owner of AfterEllen, she addresses the changes in the lesbian community.
June 01, 2021
Carolyn Gage - World renowned playwright; Pioneer in portrayal of lesbians; Autism life; Survivor of alcoholic parent; Inspiration to lesbians worldwide
The inspirational Carolyn Gage tells her story in my voice. I am honored to be able to do this.
May 18, 2021
Susan E Johnson - Coming out later in life; Gay brother paved the path; RV living
Susan E Johnson - 68 year old Fort Worth native who came out at 64. Listen as Susan tells us how it feels to come out as an elder and addresses many elder issues both as caregiver and potential care receiver. Discusses churchgoing as a lesbian. Pioneer slacks wearer in legal community in Colorado back in the day. This attorney also had a background in critical care nursing.
May 10, 2021
Joan Nestle - Author, Activist, Archivist and American Australian
Listen to legendary author Joan Nestle as she elaborates on her lesbian life experiences growing up in the Bronx, coming out against the backdrop of the butch-femme bars of the 50s-60s. Hear her tales of accusations of pornography by the feminists of the 70s, co-founding the Lesbian Herstory Archives and spending the last twenty years with her love in Australia.
April 29, 2021
Barbara - Air Force Vet, Special Ed Teacher and RV enthusiast
Barbara tells a delightful tale of her life that has included many and varied experiences: military, motherhood, student, special education reading specialist, AA, OEA, RVing, 35 year relationship and more. You will be as glad to hear her story as I was. I promise.
April 25, 2021
Nancy Mott, Community Leader - Knoxville, TN
Nancy Mott is an LGBTQ counselor, Integrity leader, AIDS activist and Knox County Democratic Party activist. An active Episcopalian, she lives with her wife, Linda, in East Knoxville.
April 21, 2021
Charlotte Ellis - Missouri Elder and Wise Woman
Charlotte, a 77 year old lesbian, gives us the gift of her story of coming out at age 59 and going on to place of leadership at the dinner table we know as lesbian life.
April 21, 2021
Nyla Nyfeller - Americana Midwestern Lesbian Style
Listen to Indiana's own Nyla Nyfeller as she tells her story on Lesbian Echoes.
March 09, 2021
Sue Fahy (Kief)
Sue is a 70 year old lesbian now living in New Jersey. She has a wonderful and interesting life story. Listen as we chronicle her journey.
February 18, 2021