Martha Shelley


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Martha Shelley (born 1943- ) is a lesbian activist, feminist, writer, and poet.

Martha Altman, later Martha Shelley, was born on December 27, 1943, in Brooklyn, New York, to parents of Russian-Polish Jewish descent. Samuel R. Delany was a Bronx High School of Science friend. She was involved in a group based on the work of Harry Stack Sullivan which led to her first Anti-Vietnam War ... more »

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  • ...I discovered that I could take a risk and survive. I could march in Philadelphia. I could go out in the street and be gay even in a dress or a skirt without getting shot. Each victory gave me coura...
    Martha Shelley, U.S. author and social activist. As quoted in Making History, part 3, by Eric Marcus (1992). On the lessons learned and courage ga...
  • ''I have met many feminists who were not Lesbians—but I have never met a Lesbian who was not a feminist.''
    Martha Shelley (b. c. 1942), U.S. lesbian author and political activist. Notes of a Radical Lesbian (essay) (1969).
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