Seeking responses from ALL Lesbians, especially those who came out prior to 2000!

Why this survey...
To establish an archive/library of Lesbian words and artifacts here in Rhode Island.
Rhode Island resident Mev Miller has received a grant from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities for her new project Wanderground: Archiving Lesbian Legacies, Words, Creativity in Rhode Island. 

To lay the foundation for Wanderground, please complete this survey to share your ideas and experiences.  Lesbians who live or have lived or worked in Rhode island are invited to reply. ALL responses are anonymous (unless you sign up at the end).

A little background...
As early as the 1960s, Lesbians began to more openly express their feelings and life experiences in poetry, stories, and thought. The Women in Print Movement (1970s-1990s) emerged as Lesbian-focused writers, publishers, and bookstores positively shaped and affirmed Lesbian thought and writing. Despite adversity, those vibrant spaces and voices encouraged women/Lesbians, to discover and affirm their own identities, claim their own strength and power, and gain support and a sense of well-being. They had a profound effect on Lesbians struggling to come out. As Lesbians came to an awareness of themselves as Lesbians, they found each other and formed alliances and communities.

I (Mev) collected hundreds of those national publications (and other Lesbian cultural artifacts) from that heyday (1970-90’s) and want to connect with other RI lesbians who may have collected similar materials. Since I did not live in Rhode Island during that time, I’m also curious to learn more about what Lesbian words or publications contributed to Lesbian visibility and activism in Rhode Island.

Wanderground - a Lesbian archive/library - will display a broad array of Lesbian publications and artifacts from many places (including Rhode Island) in order to keep them alive and visible to current and future Lesbians.

With great appreciation - thank you for completing this survey.

If you prefer to speak directly to Mev (rather than complete the survey), contact: info @

This Wanderground Research Project is made possible through major funding support from the Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, an independent state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Council seeds, supports, and strengthens public history, cultural heritage, civic education, and community engagement by and for all Rhode Islanders.