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- Many lesbians growing up and forming relationships between 1920 and 1965 remained close to their families, even if their sexuality was a point of discord (331) - In many instances, they had stronger ties to their families than those who came out after (331) - Lesbians prior to the late 60s didn’t have a “community” in the same way that they did during the feminist movement, and what little community did exist was based on social connection rather than political agenda (332) - Lesbians rarely thought of their partners as being “alternative families” and did not consider the idea of being able to legally marry them (332) - Toronto was the destination for young lesbians between 1920 and 1965, especially after World War II (332) - Earlier lesbians had less financial independence, so it was more complicated for them to break family ties (332) - There was no pathologizing discourse of lesbians until the mid-1960s, at which point family reactions towards lesbians began to change (332) - Even when society pathologized lesbians, families often still remained tolerant of their daughters until the 1970s, when urban lesbian communities began to form and the idea about alternative family structures arose (332) - The Canadian public had very few sources of information about lesbianism before the mid-twentieth century (333) - Very few people considered lesbians a threat to social order, and there were no specific laws women could be arrested under for lesbianism (333) - Lesbian communities formed in some areas of the United States as early as the 1920s and 1930s, but it is difficult to determine whether such communities formed in Canada that early, although the evidence suggests that they did not (335) - It is difficult to say exactly how lesbians identified other lesbians in these early years in Canada, although it is clear that they did recognize them to a certain extent (335) - Emerging medical discourse about lesbians in the early twentieth century sometimes allowed lesbians to put a name to their feelings without internalizing the negative aspects of the discourse (336) - In the 1940s, the tide began to turn against lesbian relationships, but wo
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