The page is about the novelist and poet. For the diver and shark expert see Ron & Valerie Taylor

Lesbian poet and novelist Valerie Taylor (1913-1997) was born Velma Nacella Young and also published as Nacella Young and Francine Davenport. Her publishers included Naiad Press, Banned Books, Universal, Fawcett, Womanpress, Ace and Midwood-Tower.

Writing as Valerie Taylor, she was one of the most prominent of the authors of lesbian pulp fiction during the second half of the 20th Century. Her novels are considered classics.[citation needed]

She was prominent in activist causes of the 50s, 60s, 70s, and 80s, including gay/lesbian rights, feminism, and the rights of the aged. She was a Quaker and a member of the Gray Panthers.

Further reading

  • GLBTQ: The history of gay and lesbian romance novels: GLBTQ

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