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Barbara Grier, 78; founder of lesbian, gay publisher

Ms. Grier (left) and Donna McBride published “Lesbian Nuns: Breaking Silence’’ in 1985. Fifty-one women contributed. Ms. Grier (left) and Donna McBride published “Lesbian Nuns: Breaking Silence’’ in 1985. Fifty-one women contributed. (mark foley/associated press/file 1993)
By Bill Kaczor
Associated Press / November 12, 2011

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Barbara Grier, a founder of what once was the world’s largest publishing house of literature about gays and lesbians, has died. She was 78. Her partner in life and business, Donna McBride, said Grier died of cancer on Thursday at a hospital in Tallahassee, Fla. Tallahassee-based Naiad Press was best known for publishing “Lesbian Nuns: Breaking Silence’’ in 1985. Fifty-one former or current nuns contributed to the book. It described relationships in their religious communities that sometimes turned into love affairs.

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