Lee Sharmat Papers
This collection was donated by Lee Sharmat in October 2004.
Scope and Content
The Sharmat Papers document gay women’s athletics in the 1980s and 90s, including Gay Women’s Athletic Club party flyers, newsletter and certificate of incorporation (January 24, 1990); Federation of Gay Games newsletters and oganizing materials; game and player stats of New York women softball players (1983) and editorial “In Defense of Pitchers”; Federation of Gay Games Roster (January 15, 1995); film negatives of Gay Games and Team NY event; 5 autographed softballs.
The collection also includes 3 journals and an AIDS caretaking story (gay woman caring for a gay man); the journals include Sharmat’s account of a publicly-visible court case from the early 2000s about child visitation rights against her female ex-partner, as well as a related clip from the Lesbian and Gay New York News.
History or Bio
Lee P. Sharmat has worked as a co-host on the TV news program Gay USA, served on the board of the ’94 Gay Games, and in the 2000s has worked as a librarian, teacher and debate coach at ACORN Community High School. She is a veteran softball umpire, archivist for the Cherry Grove Arts Project Archives, and involved in Fire Island/Cherry Grove community productions. She was featured among “100 Women We Love” by Go Mag, June 14, 2013.
1. Gay Women’s Athletic Club (GWAC) & Team NY
2. The Navigator by Lee Sharmat (Story)
3. Journal, Lee Sharmat’s School of Hard Knocks
4. Journal, July 92
5 autographed softballs