Gertrude Stein met her would be partner, Alice B. Toklas, in Paris in 1907. They lived together as lesbians until Stein’s death in 1946. They never spent one night apart from one another until Stein was hospitalized for Cancer in 1946. Their lesbian relationship was public knowledge and it lasted almost forty years.
Gertrude Stein Exhibit – 2011.
Now, we move on to a bizzare event that took place in July, 2011. I know it’s two years ago, but it is a really interesting story. Two lesbians were holding hands at the Gertrude Stein Exhibit in San Francisco at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, when a guard told them to drop the hand holding. When they argued with the guard, a crowd gathered and the guard attempted to remove them. The women persisted and asked for a person from the museum who was in the role of authority.
The Museum told the media that it supports the gay community and asked the private company that provides security to reprimand the guard. Isn’t this report ironic on two counts: a) the exhibit was dedicated to a lesbian and these lesbians were holding hands b) if a man and a woman had held hands would the security guard have challenged them.