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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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14 Jun Posted by in • Vicki Randle

Happy Birthday Lynnly!

Happy Birthday Lynnly!

It would have been my friend Lynnly’s 62nd birthday yesterday, June 13th, had she survived her long battle with breast cancer. She was the funniest, silliest, corniest, as well as the most intractable, capricious, argumentative and infuriating person I have ever known. Even when she got serious about things, she was rarely introspective, instead spending […]

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14 Jun Posted by in • Lee Lynch

The Link Between Old and Young Dykes

The Link Between Old and Young Dykes

The only information I had on old gay people when I came out was that we were doomed to be alone and thus miserable. Oh, and lesbians would have leathery skin while gay men would become pitiful predators. At least, that’s how old perverts were portrayed in the pulps, and in non-fiction about criminology and […]

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06 Jun Posted by in • Renate Stendhal

Lesbian Love: Me Talk Pretty Silly One Day

Lesbian Love: Me Talk Pretty Silly One Day

Forgive me for paraphrasing David Sedaris, but we have a point in common. Isn’t everybody tired of advice, lesbian relationship advice and more advice, and isn’t it time to laugh a bit? Advice from counselors is a funny thing: I sometimes think it’s silly to give advice: how to be happy, how to be rich, […]

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31 May Posted by in • Jan Miller Corran

West Coast LGBTQ Film Festival Musings

West Coast LGBTQ Film Festival Musings

It’s true. I start watching for the Frameline Film Festival and the Outfest Film Festival catalogues to arrive starting now. Both are filled with over 100 pages of film showings that take place in about a 10 day window of time. Last week I received the Frameline catalogue and joy of joys, two films I […]

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20 May Posted by in • Jewelle Gomez

Vampire Cocktails with Jewelle Gomez!

Vampire Cocktails with Jewelle Gomez!

I kicked off the book tour for the new 25th anniversary edition of THE GILDA STORIES with two readings in historic places. First at City Lights Books (publisher of this new edition) in North Beach. It’s the literary home of the Beat Poets and artists such as Jack Hirschman, Bob Kaufman, Allen Ginsberg, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, […]

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20 May Posted by in • Guest Writers

My Mentor Memoir- Joan Rivers

My Mentor Memoir- Joan Rivers

Lesbian Comic Poppy Champlin is Back! I loved watching the old comics on TV— Flip Wilson, Johnny Carson, Red Skelton, Jackie Gleason and the Honeymooners and Lucy, I loved Lucy. I would watch that all the time, and The Three Stooges. I wasn’t a big fan of the Marx Brothers I think their humor went […]

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Lesbian Dating: 3 Ways to Deal With Rejection

Lesbian Dating: 3 Ways to Deal With Rejection

Q. My problem with dating is that I don’t know how to end it.  Last time I went out with someone, I knew after the first date that I wasn’t attracted to her…but she acted so interested and I didn’t want to hurt her feelings, so I went out with her for several weeks. We […]

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Lesbian Humor: More Best of The Battleaxe!

Lesbian Humor: More Best of The Battleaxe!

In my 67 years I have learned many things and have gained some good old-fashioned common sense. Send your questions to me ‘Ask a Battle Axe’ at info@epochalips.com. Dear Battleaxe, Every time I go to dances for us older gals I see women who are clearly over 50, dancing like fools, sometimes grinding with 3 […]

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11 May Posted by in • Guest Writers

4 Tips for LGBT’s Dealing w/Mental Health Issues

4 Tips for LGBT’s Dealing w/Mental Health Issues

Many people in the LGBQ  community struggle with fear, anxiety, and depression.  According to NAMI, The National Alliance on Mental Illness,  LGBTQ individuals are almost 3 times more likely than others to experience a mental health condition such as major depression or generalized anxiety disorder. Seeking treatment is very important, but sometimes, it can be […]

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05 May Posted by in • Monica Palacios

Photographer Sunny Bak Exhibits Beastie Boys

Photographer Sunny Bak Exhibits Beastie Boys

Celebrity photographer Sunny Bak will be showing “Beastie Bak” featuring rare black and white photos of The Beastie Boys, May 9-15 at the Ace Hotel and Swim Club, 701 E. Palm Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92264, in the Clubhouse. Artist reception will be held on Friday May 13, 7-10PM. Sunny met the Beasties in […]

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05 May Posted by in • Guest Writers

My Top Seven Do’s & Don’ts for Dating Women

My Top Seven Do’s & Don’ts for Dating Women

After divorcing, jumping the fence, and dating for a while, I began wondering why most of the people I went out with disappeared after the first date. I started reading self-help books, where I learned about something called emotional sobriety. This meant I needed to create healthy boundaries and rules for myself around dating. One […]

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