This Powerful Instagram Chronicles Important Moments In Lesbian Herstory

"It's important we learn and read and respect [lesbian] history and experiences."

An incredible new Instagram is compiling photos of lesbian herstory throughout the decades in one easy-to-find visual record.

Curated by Kelly Rakowski, the HERSTORY collection of images come from all over the web, ranging from the Lesbian Herstory Archives website's digital collection to deep web finds to submissions from other Instagram users. Rakowski's lens for the project is largely the culture surrounding lesbian history over the years.

"The focus really is on lesbian culture: lesbian books, films, music, photography, art, television, celebrities," Rakowski told The Huffington Post. "I think it's also important to embrace the internet-ness of the @h_e_r_s_t_o_r_y -- it's not too formal or dry. I post so many pics of Jodie Foster, next to photos of the Gay Liberation Front, next to images of Audre Lorde book covers, next to images of Whitney Houston and 'her assistant' Robyn Crawford."

Rakowski went on to talk about how lesbian history often tends to take a backseat to other identities along the queer spectrum when it comes to visibility and how history is remembered.

"Women's history is often not told or recorded or championed, lesbian history even less so," she continued. "I think it's valuable to learn from the past, learn what lesbians were experiencing and thinking in the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s -- there's been so much progress is society but still so much oppression. Even if I don't agree with lesbian views from the 1970s (for example) I still think it's important we learn and read and respect their history and experiences."

Check out some more images from HERSTORY below and head here to visit the Instagram for yourself.

😎LILLIAN FOSTER & MABEL HAMPTON. Mabel Hampton, icon of the NYC lesbian community and one of the founders of the Lesbian Herstory Archives recounts her story to Joan Nestle: "In 1923, I am about twenty years old. I had rooms at 120 West 122nd Street. A girlfriend of mine was living next door and they got me three rooms there on the ground floor--a bedroom, a living room and big kitchen. I stayed there until I met Lillian in 1932. I went away with the people I worked for, but I always kept my rooms to come back to. Then I went into the show. "Next door these girls were all lesbians, they had four rooms in the basement and they gave parties all the time. We'd buy all the food--chicken and potato salads. I'd chip in with them because I could bring my girlfriends. We also went to 'rent parties' where you go in and pay a couple of dollars. you buy your drinks and meet other women and dance and have fun, but with our house, we just had close friends. Sometimes there would be twelve or fourteen people there. We'd have pig feet, chittlins. In the wintertime, it was black-eyed peas and all that stuff. Most of the women wore suits. Very seldom did any of them have slacks or anything like that because they had to come through the streets. Of course, if they were in a car, they wore the slacks. Most of them had short hair. And most of them was good-lookin' women too. The bulldykers would come and bring their women with them. And you wasn't supposed to jive with them, you know. They danced up a breeze. They did the Charleston, they did a little bit of every thing. They were all colored women. Sometimes we ran into someone who had a white woman with them. but me, I'd venture out with any of them. I just had a ball." #lesbianculture #mabelhampton #lillianfoster #lesbianparties #lesbianpride read more on Joan Nestle's blog -

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☀️Sundaze 1976☀️ Champagne, IL. Photo: Ruth Mountaingrove | University of Oregon #lesbianculture

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❤️1979❤️ March on Washington for Lesbian and Gay Rights. Photo: Larry Butler #lesbianculture #1979

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