Barbara Grier, co-founder of the lesbian publishing company Naiad Press, has died. She was 78. Grier’s partner, Donna McBride, says she died of cancer Thursday at a hospital in Tallahassee, Fla. The couple founded Naiad Press in 1973. She says Grier believed that through literature she could make lesbians feel good about themselves and find a happy life.
Tallahassee-based Naiad was best known for publishing “Lesbian Nuns: Breaking Silence” in 1985. Fifty-one former or current nuns contributed to the book. It described relationships in their religious communities that sometimes turned into love affairs.
McBride says Naiad was publishing 36 books a year before she and Grier sold the company and retired in 2003.