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Leavitt, J. (2013). Lesbian Desire in the Age of AIDS: From the Head of Medusa Sprung. Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 14(2):144-152.

(2013). Studies in Gender and Sexuality, 14(2):144-152

Lesbian Desire in the Age of AIDS: From the Head of Medusa Sprung

Julie Leavitt, M.D.

In the age of AIDS, lesbians' sexualities were strangely protected from the epidemic spread of the HIV virus, even while many lesbians' social and political lives were deeply impacted by its catastrophic effects on the gay community. The “so close but yet so far” phenomenon defining lesbian experience during the AIDS crisis evoked mixed and complicated emotions unique to that sector of the gay community. This article highlights the manifold emotional experience for lesbians, which paralleled an equally complex web of identifications and disidentifications with gay men. Although this perpetuated a sense of invisibility for lesbians during the epidemic's crisis years, it may have contributed to opening a space for new possibilities of feminine sexualities and identities as the crisis receded.

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