Queer to Queer: A Live Comedy Read from the Very Lesbian Diaries of Anne Lister

If you live near Los Angeles, you’re in for a night you’ll never forget! On April 26th — Lesbian Visibility Day — join us for a live comedy reading of some of the most relatable, lovable, and erotic diary entries of Anne Lister, the first modern lesbian, by Autostraddle faves Jasika Nicole, Cameron Esposito, Gaby Dunn, Rhea Butcher, Brittany Ashley and Brittani Nichols! Gentleman Jack-themed cocktails, beer and wine will be served for free (yes, free!) from 8:30-10:30 p.m.

In the early 1800s, Anne Lister started what would become a four million-word, 26-volume collection of diaries, a significant portion of which were written in a cryptograph of her own devising because they were full of personal ponderings like: “I love and only love the fairer sex and thus, beloved by them in turn, my heart revolts from any other love than theirs. And: “Then, after kissing with my tongue in her mouth, got the middle finger of my right hand up her & grubbled her longer & better than ever.”

While Jane Austen was writing about long, chaperoned walks in the woods and stolen, furtive glances at the pianoforte, Anne Lister was writing about about finger-banging, scissoring, masturbation, pubic hair, dildos, lap-sitting, buttplay, cheating, crying, cheating, crying, cheating, and pining (with and about other women).

Join us to learn the art of Victorian seduction, a whole new vocabulary of lesbian slang, and all the ways 19th century lesbianism is exactly the same as the same as modern day lesbianism (before Instagram deep-scrolling, for example, all you needed was a good telescope).

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Heather Hogan is an Autostraddle senior writer who lives in New York City with her partner, Stacy, and their cackle of rescued pets. She's a member of the Television Critics Association, the Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and a Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer critic. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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