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Dyke Books Inc received a grant from Lesbians Incorporated in round one of 2019. The funds from this grant will support their plan to publish What Are Dykes Doing? Collected Non-Fiction by Jean Taylor by the end of 2019. This is a collection of Jean’s non-fiction writings that were included in most of the Australian Lesbian and Feminist periodicals from the 1970s and into the noughties.
Jean Taylor, a radical lesbian feminist writer and activist based in Melbourne, has had many of her lesbian and feminist articles, reviews, letters and essays published in lesbian and feminist periodicals in Victoria and nationally from the 1970s to 2004. The letters and essays will be collected and collated chronologically into a book of lesbian non-fiction writing covering many of the issues and events that happened during a particularly active period of the lesbian community.
The publishing of What Are Dykes Doing? will provide documentation of many of the issues and challenges as well as the inspirational gains that have been achieved over these past four decades of activism as far as lesbian rights are concerned.
The book will also demonstrate how hard lesbians fought against discrimination, how we acted to improve the civil rights of the lesbian community so that lesbians today can feel proud to be themselves.
Dyke Books Inc was established as a not-for-profit lesbian feminist community publishing group in January 2008 with the following aims and objectives:
- To promote lesbian culture.
- To provide opportunities for lesbian writers to self-publish their own writing.
- To encourage lesbian writers and lesbian writing.
- To work within a feminist framework of feminist principles and practice.
- To acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Woiwurrung language group of the Kulin Nation as the traditional custodians and owners of the land Dyke Books Inc is based on.