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  • Lesbians--North Carolina.
  • Lesbians--North Carolina--Durham.
  • Duke University.
  • Biology
  • Education
  • Medicine
  • Psychology


Margery Sved is a psychiatrist with Wake County Human Services in North Carolina. She discusses her childhood in New Brunswick, N.J. in the 1950s and 1960s; the influence of her mother and her career as a physician; Family Dinners; Elementary school friends; Junior high and her first lesbian experiences and first depression; High School in the 1960s; the influence of a High School biology teacher; a summer camp at Kalamazoo Michigan with a defining kiss in her coming out process; her decision to apply to and attend Duke University; extracurricular activities at Duke; her involvement in the formation of the Durham Women's Health Cooperative; the initial activities of the Durham Women's Health Cooperative; her involvement at the Durham YWCA; job as one of the first women's groundskeepers at Duke University in the summer; her decision to apply to UNC medical school; the formation of the sub-group Women's Heath Teaching Group of the Durham Women's Health Cooperative; model for and teaching of woman friendly pelvic exams; Women's Conscious Raising Sunday Dinners; experiences as a woman and bisexual at UNC medical school in the 1970s; decision to become a psychologist; her internship in Charleston, S.C., in which she became comfortable with her lesbian identification and herself; career move to Augusta, Ga., and Boston, Mass.; her return to Raleigh in 1985.

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