(15 September 1932 - living) U.S.A.
Pioneering author of lesbian novels
Ann Bannon is the pseudonym of Ann Thayer Weldy who wrote series of lesbian pulp fictions in the 1950s and 1960s, as an outlet to come to terms with her sexuality and identity, only claiming her authorship in 1980 when the lesbian Naiad Press republished her novels. Bannn's depiction of lesbian life contains sustained representations of the difficulties women faced in making sexual choices in a sexually repressive era.
Bannon, who lived as an housewife with her husband and children in Philadelphia when she started writing (and who would be largely unaware of the popularity of her books until the 1980s), later said that she was inspired by open lesbians she had seen in New York's Greenwich Village: "I wanted to be one of them, to speak to other women, if only in print. And so I made a beginning - and that beginning was the story that became Odd Girl Out."
Bannon's novels contain butch women whose sexual identity is unwavering and femme lesbians who negotiate uneasily between their lesbian desires and the pressures a heterosexual world exerts on them. When she divorced her husband in the early 1980s, soon discovered the extent of the popularity of her "The Beebo Brinker Chronicles"; she has been a mainstay at LGBTQ events for decades and she currently is working on her memoir.
Some of her Books:
- Odd Girl Out (1957)
- I Am a Woman (1959)
- Woman in the Shadow (1959)
- Journey to a Woman (1960)
- Beebo Brinker (1962)
Source: excerpts from: Gabriele Griffin, Who's Who in Lesbian and Gay and Writing, Routledge, London, 2002 - http://lgbt-history-archive.tumblr.com/