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Withdrawing from the lesbian social scene


Trisha described how her involvement in a disastrous relationship with a woman who turned out to have extremely serious mental health problems, had impacted badly on her social networks. Although she eventually split up with her and got involved with Jackie, she lost a number of friends because of it. “By then I was almost untouchable, what with my previous (political) history then this, if I went out, people would have a go at me, try to trip me up, or threaten me, it was very unpleasant for quite a long time, and that’s when I really withdrew.” Recently one woman came up to me in Homebase, and said ‘Can I shake your hand, I’m really sorry, can we forget it?’, which I thought was fair enough, but some people I thought were good friends, could never get over it.”

Contributed by: Trisha McCabe, 51

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