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Cheryl Clarke

  • For a woman to be a lesbian in a male-supremacist, capitalist, misogynist, racist, homophobic, imperialist culture, such as that of North America, is an act of resistance.

    • Cheryl Clarke,
    • "Lesbianism: An Act of Resistance," in Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa, eds., This Bridge Called My Back ()
  • Historically, this culture has come to identify lesbians as women who over time, engage in a range and variety of sexual-emotional relationships with women. I, for one, identify a woman as a lesbian who says she is.

    • Cheryl Clarke,
    • "Lesbianism: An Act of Resistance," in Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa, eds., This Bridge Called My Back ()
  • So, all of us would do well to stop fighting each other for our space at the bottom, because there ain't no more room.

    • Cheryl Clarke,
    • "Lesbianism: An Act of Resistance," in Cherríe Moraga and Gloria Anzaldúa, eds., This Bridge Called My Back ()

Cheryl Clarke, U.S. poet, writer

(1947)