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Coming Out: Announcing Lesbianity in Yugoslavia

  • Bojan Bilić
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Abstract

Towards the end of the 1980s, Ljubljana, the hub of Yugoslav new social movements, was teeming with energy. After the death of its charismatic lifelong leader Josip Broz Tito, the League of Communists of Yugoslavia slowly became a shell purged of political substance: decades of its intricate experiments with state decentralisation, its ever more vocal critics, and tectonic geopolitical shifts sharpened the rift between official declarations and social reality to breaking points. The Party’s “grip” on the country’s politics, already appreciably weakened, reached its nadir, filling that extraordinary period with peaceniks, punkers, feminists, environmentalists, anti-psychiatry activists, social thinkers, new agers, avant-garde artists, gays, and—a bit more surreptitiously—lesbians.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bojan Bilić
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  1. 1.Instituto de Ciências SociaisUniversidade de LisboaLisbonPortugal

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