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For every dyke who’s stared down a straight;

for every dyke who’s dared dress in drag;

for every dyke who’s been proudly femme or proudly butch;

for every one of us who’s survived the insults, the daily fears

and humiliations; the beatings;

for every dyke who’s dared to live her life

– and for every dyke who didn’t survive –


The Swashbuckler by Lee Lynch

– On Our Backs: An Archive – The NewBridge Project, Newcastle upon Tyne by Niomi Fitzimmons Fairweather –

…” Spread across the walls of the NewBridge annex, the collection is a monumental archive charting the pioneering success of On Our Backs, a bold and ground-breaking magazine launched in San Francisco in 1984 and printed until 2006, that initiated the mainstream acceptance of women’s erotica. Throughout its run, the magazine faced serious challenges with censorship, impeding its distribution and reach.

On Our Backs paved the way for women to find a real, accessible expression and representation of lesbian desire. The plastic facade so often seen in pornography was shunned in favour of capturing authentic chemistry between actual lesbian couples; allowing the women to be portrayed as they wanted, doing what they wanted. This self-representation was a form of empowerment and ultimately blazed the way towards an uprising of sexuality. “….