Fwd: OutIL Fwd: First use of "lavender linguistics"?

Arnold M. Zwicky zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Thu Apr 27 18:02:52 UTC 2006

Begin forwarded message:

> From: William Leap <wlm at american.edu>
> Date: April 27, 2006 10:32:57 AM PDT
> To: outil-list at UDel.Edu
> Subject: Re: OutIL Fwd: First use of "lavender linguistics"?
> Reply-To: outil-list at UDel.Edu
> No idea who first used the term.
> My first ref in public forum was the Lesbian and Gay Studies
> conference at Harvard in 1990, in a session organized by Gil Herdt
> looking at current work in  lesbian/gay anthropology  My first in
> print reference is probably the intro to the 1995 edited
> collection, Beyond the Lavender Lexicon (Gordon and Breach.)  We
> adopted the phrasing for the AU Conference in 1993, as a way of
> avoiding using "gay" or "queer": and the foreclosure that each term
> commanded. Theorizing moved on, and the name endures.
> Wlm L. Leap
> Professor and Chair,
> Department of Anthropology
> American University, Washington DC 20016

i'm pretty sure i got the expression from bill, and thought it was
his invention.  sorry to hear that he can't track it back before 1990.


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