Lesbians of the left bank 1900-1940 : An unknown sociability

During the first half of the 20th century, the left bank was the peaceful cocoon of a lesbian community which was composed of many artists and intellectuals who were in the best conditions to develop their art and thoughts.

  • Location: Quartier Latin
  • Duration: 2h-2h30
  • Access by Public Transport: Saint-Placide (métro 4)
  • Language: French


Between 1900 and 1940 the lesbian journalists, artists and women of letters, French or American (for most of them) of the left bank (Luxembourg, Odéon, Saint-Germain-des-Prés), had a strong influence on the Parisian intellectual life thanks, especially, to their social network (primary meaning).

This guided visit will take you on the traces of Gertrude Stein and Alice Toklas, Adrienne Monnier and Sylvia Beach, Nathalie Barney and Romaine Brooks, Djuna Barnes, Janet Flanner, Eileen Gray…

Paris Gay Village is an organization that has been proposing for 15 years special walking tours dedicated to the history of homosexuals and homosexuality in Paris.


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