Drawing on transcripts of the judicial hearings, contemporaneous newspaper accounts, hundreds of pages of FBI files released to the author under the Freedom of Information Act, and interviews with many of the participants, Josephine Donovan reconstructs this fascinating, untold story. The Lexington Six is a vital addition to LGBTQ, feminist, and radical American history.
Finalist for the 2021 Lambda Literary Awards
"Josephine Donovan’s intimate chronicle of why five lesbians and one gay man went innocently to jail rather than collaborate with a corrupt FBI is an essential story of 1970s America that relates to today’s contests of privacy and power."—Carol Mason, author of Reading Appalachia from Left to Right: Conservatives and the 1974 Kanawha County Textbook Controversy
"Through telling this harrowing story, Donovan introduces readers to the era’s stark political and legal realities. She reviews the significant connections made among a variety of forces that fought against Grand Jury abuses, from lesbian feminist groups and newspapers, grassroots organizations and networks, and national entities such as the National Lawyers Guild and Center for Constitutional Rights."—Marcia M. Gallo, author of Different Daughters: A History of the Daughters of Bilitis and the Rise of the Lesbian Rights Movement