Jill Johnston


HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Jill Johnston, who chronicled feminism, lesbianism and upheaval in the 1960s and 1970s as a weekly columnist for the Village Voice, has died. She was 81.

Her spouse, Ingrid Nyeboe, says Johnston died Saturday at Hartford Hospital from complications from a stroke she suffered earlier this month. The couple lived in Sharon in northwestern Connecticut.

Johnston began as a Village Voice dance critic in 1959. Her website says she adopted a "daring, experimental" writing style in the late 1960s in writing her weekly cultural column, a style she said she later tried to undo.

Her 1973 book, "Lesbian Nation: The Feminist Solution," challenged male-dominated society and has been described as a "bible for militant feminists."

Funeral arrangements are pending.

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Jill- I love that women like us started a consciousness that, with vigilance, will continue. HOPEFULLY, young women will NOT take for granted the ACTUAL blood that was shed for their everyday freedoms. We, who lived, laughed, loved, fought,struggled,wrote, marched,and cried, right along your side, will NOT forget you. Blessed Be!! XXXXOOOO.

Jill was a hero to me; brave, brilliant, over the top. For those of you who were fortunate enough to know her well, I offer my sincere condolences. She will be missed.

The power of the pen, coupled with the power of the spitit, equals the power to change...

May the family continue to look to Almighty God for comfort during this difficult time. Because God is a refuge and strength, a help that is readily to be found during distresses.

Last night I watched a gay/lesbian documentary made in 1978. Jill was not in it, but I thought of her and decided to do a computer search to see what she is doing now. Unfortunately I found she just past away. When I subscribed to the Village Voice way
back in the 70's, I always read her column first. I enjoyed her writings tremendously.

Waltraud Barron, Anchorage, Alaska

Jill was one of my favorite writers for the Vilage Voice, and I always looked forward to her columns. Lesbian Nation is an extremely important work from the 2nd wave. I hope neither it nor she will be forgotten.

May your legacy live on! Rest in Peace, dear one!

Sorry for the lost of your dear loved one.Somthing comforting for god's word at Isaiah 26:19 God promise to rais up our loved ones back to life.Hope it will give some comfort.

it is sad when anyone dies. this should be a time of reflection on how we live life, knowing that life eternal is in the hands of the one who created us. we are mortal and will die. what we leave behind is what we will be remembered by. the bible says at eccl 7:1 that the the day of ones death can be better than the day of ones being born, if we live it the way
God wills