The AIDS years and lesbian feminism
After harsh years of hiding and repression, the group’s demands started to materialize publicly as it shyly began to occupy more space within the social agenda. Towards the end of the 1970s, a number of organized groups of homosexuals emerged across the country.
The history of lesbian activism began with feminism. Many lesbians left the mixed homosexual groups they were a part of since their demands were constantly set aside, feeling that it would be better to instead carry out their advocacy within feminist groups. They thus created specific subgroups within feminist organizations and sometimes started new organizations altogether. Their integration opened the door to new narratives within the feminist movement, giving birth to the idea of being “politically lesbian”.
At that time, homosexual organizations started to focus their attention in the fight against AIDS. While the authorities were turning their backs to the terrible crisis originated in the 1980s, an inaction that left behind countless victims, activist groups demanded that different measures and actions be taken in order to palliate the problem, through the development of prevention campaigns and standing up against the stigma and the silence.