Lucy lived at a time when women did not commonly carry a rifle, sit down in bars, or have romantic liaisons with other women. Lucy did these things in a personal quest—to work and be paid, to wear what she wanted and to love whomever she cared to. The New York Times thought her escapades worthy of a huge send off. “DEATH OF A MODERN DIANA” trumpeted the headline, “Dressed in Man’s Clothing She Win’s a Girl’s Love.” And the obituary would have been larger still if the Times had known of Lucy’s years disguised as man on the western frontier, her arrest and trial for the crime of wearing men’s clothes, or her jailbreak, engineered by her wife Marie Louise Perry, whom she met in 1868 and to whom she’d been married by an unsuspecting judge—the first same-sex marriage in America.
Lucy Ann Lobdell in braids, beads, and feathers, circa 1853. Photo courtesy of Crawson family of Basket Creek
Lucy Ann Lobdell died in Binghamton, NY in 1912.
Days of Love: Celebrating LGBT History One Story at a Time by Elisa Rolle
Paperback: 760 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (July 1, 2014)
CreateSpace Store: https://www.createspace.com/4910282
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Days of Love chronicles more than 700 LGBT couples throughout history, spanning 2000 years from Alexander the Great to the most recent winner of a Lambda Literary Award. Many of the contemporary couples share their stories on how they met and fell in love, as well as photos from when they married or of their families. Included are professional portraits by Robert Giard and Stathis Orphanos, paintings by John Singer Sargent and Giovanni Boldini, and photographs by Frances Benjamin Johnson, Arnold Genthe, and Carl Van Vechten among others. “It's wonderful. Laying it out chronologically is inspired, offering a solid GLBT history. I kept learning things. I love the decision to include couples broken by death. It makes clear how important love is, as well as showing what people have been through. The layout and photos look terrific.” Christopher Bram “I couldn’t resist clicking through every page. I never realized the scope of the book would cover centuries! I know that it will be hugely validating to young, newly-emerging LGBT kids and be reassured that they really can have a secure, respected place in the world as their futures unfold.” Howard Cruse “This international history-and-photo book, featuring 100s of detailed bios of some of the most forward-moving gay persons in history, is sure to be one of those bestsellers that gay folk will enjoy for years to come as reference and research that is filled with facts and fun.” Jack Fritscher
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