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Closet affairs


Bridget talked about life in the swinging sixties, where anything goes. She had a number of closet affairs with women, including another nurse while she was working at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. After a particularly painful break up, with a partner who left her for a man, she felt she needed to socialise with and have the support of other lesbians. “I was quite desperate really, and particularly embittered. I didn’t know where to go, my life was more and more committed to a lesbian lifestyle. The one thing you couldn’t do then was grieve, because there was no-one to talk to. I just wanted to meet other lesbians not for a relationship, but to talk.”

Contributed by: Barbara Carter, 53, Bridget Malin, 62

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