Posted by: Through the Eyes of Women | April 14, 2013

April 15, 2013 Host Brenda Starr Discusses Rulings and Writings with Co-Editors of the Book “Here Come the Brides:Reflections on Lesbian Love & Marriage”, Audrey Bilger and Michele Kort

The Supreme Court of The United States has recently listened to arguments over two major decisions related to the rights of same-sex couples: Proposition 8 (State of California) and D.O.M.A. – the Defense Of Marriage Act (US Government).
Their decisions will probably be announced in June –National Gay Pride Month.

lesbianbridesheart Marriage today isn’t what it used to be: for better, not for worse. As same-sex weddings are becoming more common, the classic love-story happy ending is taking on a decidedly new twist, everyone has a fresh role to play, and supporters and opponents of gay marriage alike are finding themselves in the midst of a revolution that’s redefining marriage—both as a personal choice and as an institution—as we know it.

In Here Come the Brides!, editors Audrey Bilger and Michele Kort gather together the voices of women taking part in—and shaping—this major historical shift. Representing a diversity of points of view in terms of race, class, ethnicity, and gender identification, this collection of essays, stories, and visual images takes a multidimensional look at how opening up the traditional order of “man and wife” to include the possibility of “wife and wife” is altering our social landscape. From wedding pictures and images of protest signs to comical anecdotes and sober philosophical analyses, Here Come the Brides! is an exploration of how the legalization of same-sex marriages has irrevocably changed the way lesbians think about their unions and their lives—and a Bilger celebration of the dream of lesbian happily-ever-afters.

Audrey Bilger is a feminist scholar ,and  the faculty director of the Center for Writing and Public Discourse and professor of literature at Claremont McKenna College.

Michele Kort is a writer, editor and author, the senior editor of Ms. magazine, and co-editor of the Ms. Blog. She is the author of three books: Soul Picnic: The Music and Passion of Laura Nyro; The End of Innocence (with Chastity Bono); and Dinah! Three Decades of Sex, Golf, & Rock n Roll.

They have gathered stories, cartoons, plays, editorials, poems and lesbian herstory and have, in true feminist fashion, collected all sides of the issue which has been a gay rights struggle for decades. They discuss their own experiences and how the book came to fruition.

Lesbian Brides

Lesbian Brides


For more information about Audrey Bilger, Michele Kort and “Here Come the Brides” visit: or visit their Blogs.

PRESS RELEASE: LAMBDA LITERARY AWARDS Finalists for the Lambda Literary Awards were announced today by the Lambda Literary Foundation (LLF) in Los Angeles. Books from major mainstream publishers, from academic presses, from both long-established and new LGBT publishers, as well as from emerging publish-on-demand technologies, make up the 687 submissions for the “Lammys.” The finalists were selected from a record number of submissions, and, for the first time, the judges were encouraged to choose more finalists in those categories that drew a large number of submissions.



Now in their twenty-fifth year, the Lambda Literary Awards celebrate achievement in lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) writing for books published in 2012. Winners will be announced during a ceremony on Monday evening, June 3, 2013, at The Great Hall at Cooper Union,7 East 7th Street, New York City 10003. Details on the annual after-party location are forthcoming. For more information and to buy tickets, please visit:

Click the following link to hear the mp3 of Brenda Starr’s  conversation with Audrey Bilger and Michele Kort aired on Through the Eyes of Women 4/8/2013.        

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