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27 Aug Posted by in • Kim Baker

3 Ways Lesbians Ignore ‘Red Flags’ When Dating

3 Ways Lesbians Ignore ‘Red Flags’ When Dating

“I have appreciated your friendship, but don’t think I can be friends anymore.” My directness, combined with my odd word choice surprises me, even as I hear myself speaking them aloud to a friend (now formerly known as). We part on civil terms and I’m proud of our adult-like recognition that this friendship isn’t working anymore. […]

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15 Aug Posted by in • Jan Miller Corran

Top LGBT Documentary Now Available

Top LGBT Documentary Now Available

Each year I make it a point to watch the latest LGBT documentaries. Some of the most intriguing, informative and eye opening films emerge from the world of the documentary filmmaker. The best of 2016 will surely encourage all of us to get on Netflix, go to You Tube, check out Amazon and Wolfe Video.  […]

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Smelly Commuter Trains & Long Chin Hairs

Smelly Commuter Trains & Long Chin Hairs

Dear Battleaxe, I live in San Francisco and take public transportation to work. The afternoon trains are crowded and smelly. What can I do about the bad smelling people on the evening trains? Dear PT Advocate, Good for you for taking public transportation! Less cars on the road! Crowded buses or trains are not fun. Just […]

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11 Aug Posted by in • Robin Lowey

Serving Smart Lesbian Commentary Since 2010

Serving Smart Lesbian Commentary Since 2010

From my very first Epochalips post in June 2010: “This is the day I’ve been waiting for. This is the day I’ve been working toward. This day is the culmination of all I’ve ever done, said, thought, dreamed of, hoped for and planned. It is here, it is real, and it is mine now. It’s […]

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03 Aug Posted by in • Monica Palacios

Monica Palacios: A Lesbian Packing Primer

Monica Palacios: A Lesbian Packing Primer

Packing for a trip is painful. It’s equivalent to shopping for bras—you gotta do it, there’s a lot of huffing and puffing and eventually your nipples get pinched—and not in a good way. It takes me all day to pack. I put stuff in my suitcase then I take stuff out. I try on clothes […]

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02 Aug Posted by in • Robin Lowey

Gays in the Military – Not Serving in Silence

Gays in the Military – Not Serving in Silence

In Col. Grethe Cammermeyer’s own words: If you saw the film, SERVING IN SILENCE, you know about my challenge of the military’s anti-gay policy prior to the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell law of 1993. If you read my autobiography, also entitled, SERVING IN SILENCE, written with Chris Fisher, and published in 1994 you “got the […]

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02 Aug Posted by in • Jewelle Gomez

LGBT History and The City of Brotherly Love

LGBT History and The City of Brotherly Love

When GILDA, Diane and I pulled into Philadelphia, a city I’d visited regularly in the 1980s, it was like coming home. (Fortunately this was weeks ahead of the Democratic National Convention!) We stayed in a lovely B & B, The Alexander Inn, on Spruce St; just around the corner from the store where I was reading: […]

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25 Jul Posted by in • Jan Miller Corran

Films Give Us Hope in a Chaotic World

Films Give Us Hope in a Chaotic World

In 1944 war raged across Europe. Turmoil reigned throughout the world and America lived in fear and sorrow as the stories of ethnic cleansing and city destruction became our newspaper headlines. I start with this as my prelude to answering the question “Why support women and lesbians creating films when our world is in such […]

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15 Jul Posted by in • Kim Baker

Lesbian Dating: 3 Signs of Emotional Abuse

Lesbian Dating: 3 Signs of Emotional Abuse

I am sitting on my office floor, old journals and photos spread around me. For the past hour, I have been reading my diaries from two decades ago to remind me of who I am and perhaps to provide a little perspective. As I sip wine and read about the events and feelings of my […]

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15 Jul Posted by in • Robin Lowey

One Lesbian’s Serio-Comic Monologue

One Lesbian’s Serio-Comic Monologue

After the breakup of a long term relationship, Margery Kreitman finds herself addicted to Facebook. Kicking Facebook is her serio-comic monologue that tells the story of her love/hate relationship with social media. Here is what Margery told us about her show: WHY I WROTE THIS PIECE I wanted to do this piece because so much of my life and the lives […]

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14 Jul Posted by in • Lee Lynch

Remembering Orlando & Gay Freedom

Remembering Orlando & Gay Freedom

So here I am, trying on men’s dress pants for the Golden Crown Literary Society Awards ceremony, and I keep thinking of the photos of our people in Orlando. They dressed up too in their best freedom clothes, also anticipating an evening of togetherness. I’m grateful to be alive and able to gather with other […]

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30 Jun Posted by in • Guest Writers

Advice About Gender Equality from Top Women

Advice About Gender Equality from Top Women

Earlier this month, I had the unique opportunity to attend a two-day summit on gender equality issues for women working in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).  The presenters were women in prominent leadership positions at GE, Coca-Cola, Google, LinkedIn and Pixar, government agencies such as the U.S. Navy and NASA as well as some […]

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Lesbian Dating & Sex: 3 Things to Help Decide

Lesbian Dating & Sex: 3 Things to Help Decide

The key word in this title is “Decide”  This is different from “get swept away,” “fall into bed,”  “go with the flow,” or other versions of the fantasy that sexual desire just overcomes you and suddenly,  spontaneously, there you are!  To decide is to be intentional, and responsible, about a significant step in a new […]

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23 Jun Posted by in • Jewelle Gomez

On the Road with THE GILDA STORIES

On the Road with THE GILDA STORIES

Of all the southern cities Atlanta is the one I’ve visited most.  It’s got wonderful universities, peaches and Coca Cola (I know, not correct but it’s been my fave since I was a kid!).  I attended the very first conference on Black Speculative Fiction writers at Clark Atlanta University more than a decade ago and […]

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23 Jun Posted by in • Guest Writers

Full Circle – One Lesbian’s Journey

Full Circle – One Lesbian’s Journey

It’s a balmy summer Sunday in Omaha, in 1974, and my dad and his new, Liz Taylor-look-a-like wife load up the neighborhood kids into our two Kingswood Estate station wagons.  There are 14 of us in all, including my three new step-siblings.  During my short visit, I’ve already fallen hopelessly in love with Jack, the […]

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