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26 May Posted by in • Rachel Wahba

Granny’s Abortion

Granny’s Abortion

“They saved my life, they were Muslim, a young doctor and his wife, when I gave myself an abortion and almost died,” Granny remembers. “Efraim (her husband) was so angry I think he would have let me die!” Granny’s story was different from most of the Jews of Baghdad. She wasn’t born there. She grew […]

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24 May Posted by in • Jewelle Gomez

Why We Need a Good Feminist Rant

Why We Need a Good Feminist Rant

Discrimination is so deeply imbedded in U.S. Culture few of us notice from one day to the next. Even those of us who are experiencing it. Maybe we notice the headlines that blare at us when so many young Black men in a row are killed by police officers and their communities erupt in impotent […]

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23 May Posted by in • Jan Miller Corran

Lesbian Filmmakers We Love: Becky Lane

Lesbian Filmmakers We Love: Becky Lane

Recently I discovered Ithaca writer, director and producer Becky Lane when I heard about a web series she was creating called The Chanticleer. I asked to see some teasers before she released it on YouTube. I was hooked and though I absolutely love the series, I want it to grow into a feature film. Becky […]

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21 May Posted by in • Robin Lowey

Blurring Gender Lines

Blurring Gender Lines

I met andogynous model Rain Dove and enterpreneur Abby Sugar at last month’s Queer Fashion Week. I was immediately struck by the important work they were doing—breaking down gender stereotypes, and taking the world by storm in their different ways. Then came this! Challenging normative assumptions of gender presentation, femininity and what it means to […]

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20 May Posted by in • Guest Writers

Because Lesbians Want To See Good Films

Because Lesbians Want To See Good Films

I love women. I find them to be incredibly nuanced, smart, funny, charming and altogether fascinating. I love the way they see the world, the ways they aspire to improve the world and the ways they tirelessly continue the uphill battle for equality in the world. Women can and will make the changes we all […]

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20 May Posted by in • Lee Lynch

Still Butch After All These Years

Still Butch After All These Years

My body is telling me to slow down, even while my mind says go, go, go. When was the last time I climbed a tree, a favorite younger pastime? Now I simply admire them and the birds that flit from Shore Pine to Western Hemlock to Ornamental Cherry. It’s funny how I thought I missed […]

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13 May Posted by in • Robin Lowey

Don’t Miss Dee Rees’ ‘BESSIE’ on HBO

Don’t Miss Dee Rees’ ‘BESSIE’ on HBO

I was invited to Frameline‘s preview showing of HBO’s upcoming film Bessie by Dee Rees and starring Queen Latifah at the Grand Lake Theater in Oakland last night. The theater was packed with lesbians including myself, Jan Corran, Eleanor Palacios and Miz Chris De la Rosa. Bessie Smith was a baddass and Queen Latifah is […]

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Sex and Lesbian Online Dating

Sex and Lesbian Online Dating

Lesbian relationship and sex expert Dr. Glenda Corwin answers our questions! Dear Dr. Corwin: I just met a woman I’m very attracted to and hope to go out with, but I’m nervous about sex. I don’t have much experience, and have the impression she does. Any tips? Dear Nervous:  The best tip for anything sexual […]

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06 May Posted by in • Robin Lowey

Lesbian Travelers on ‘The Royal Road’

Lesbian Travelers on ‘The Royal Road’

In the opening moments of the film The Royal Road, Jenni Olson‘s narrative voice speaks softly against the backdrop of a beautiful scene of the San Francisco Bay: “I’m inordinately obsessed with the stories of others, seeking within them the key to my sharing my own. I want to tell you a story about love […]

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30 Apr Posted by in • Kim Baker

A Big Lesbian F**k You

A Big Lesbian F**k You

It’s not easy to sacrifice your anger, your sense of being wronged.- Piper Kerman, Orange is the New Black Merriam-Webster’s Thesaurus lists only 2 synonyms but 5 antonyms for the word justice. justice: inequity, unfairness, wrong, bias, discrimination. Apparently, we are far more interested in describing things that are unfair than fair. Marci, a friend […]

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29 Apr Posted by in • Monica Palacios

JLo Bites My Apple

JLo Bites My Apple

JLo kissed me in my dreams. This surprised me because I don’t fantasize about Jennifer Lopez—ever. Eva Mendes—absolutely. Tinker Bell—I mean, who doesn’t. A stack of pancakes—always. But JLo—not so much. This dream was trippy because I was my current self in my childhood home at 2061 Cinderella Lane–go ahead make the joke—”Do you have […]

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29 Apr Posted by in • Robin Lowey

Gays and Lesbians Go ‘Wild’ in Africa

Gays and Lesbians Go ‘Wild’ in Africa

Jody Cole fell in love with Africa in 1998 and started sharing her love of Africa with groups in 2004. Her passion, love and respect for this continent is evident in every aspect of the trips she plans. Jody’s goal is to give you an intimate, informed, one-of-a-kind vacation. From the plants and animals to […]

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How to Speak Her Love Language

How to Speak Her Love Language

A lesbian woman weeps in my office because her partner has left her, saying “I’ve needed you sexually a long time, and you don’t seem to care.”  Their last conversation about this was 6 months ago–but nothing had changed. The woman in my office looked puzzled.  She explained “That’s not the way I show love. […]

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20 Apr Posted by in • Robin Lowey

Inside Oakland’s Queer Fashion Week

Inside Oakland’s Queer Fashion Week

The first ever Queer Fashion Week exploded this past weekend at four different venues in Oakland, a town that knows how to celebrate queer culture. Miz Chris, of Eden and fiveTEN Oakland Events fame took on this incredible feat, and pulled it off seamlessly. I can’t even begin to describe the excitement and fresh creative […]

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19 Apr Posted by in • Robin Lowey

Get ‘Rocked by Women’ this Mother’s Day!

Get ‘Rocked by Women’ this Mother’s Day!

Supporting our local queer culture is important to me, so when I heard about Rocked By Women, a multimedia dance performance by Sarah Bush Dance Project coming to Oakland on May 9 and 10th, I reached out to my friend Sarah Bush to tell us what this show means to her: “The show is a […]

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