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Behind the Issue: Sinister Wisdom 93

Julie R. Enszer | Posted 08.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Julie R. Enszer

Someday, I hope to meet Rose Norman and Merril Mushroom in person. I have talked with both of them on the telephone. We have exchanged innumerable emails. Together we all produced the new issue of Sinister Wisdom on the theme of Southern Lesbian-Feminist Herstories 1968-1994.

I Dedicate This Video to All the Femme Lesbians Out There! Happy Pride, Ladies

Jodi Savitz | Posted 08.26.2014 | Gay Voices
Jodi Savitz

Each week I receive hundreds of letters from feminine lesbians worldwide who feel invisible. These raw and often emotional messages inspired me to produce this video. Its intention is to help more women realize that their feelings regarding their sexual orientation are legitimate and that they are not alone.

Celebrating 40 Years of Disabled Lesbian Activism and Art

Chana Wilson | Posted 08.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Chana Wilson

Over the past four decades, disabled lesbians of the San Francisco Bay Area have claimed their worth and their beauty in a culture that rarely showcases their images. The project illustrates the richness of disabled lesbian artistic expression, featuring physicality, performance, and visual art.

Classmates Back California Teen Whose Yearbook Photo Was Axed Because She Wore A Tuxedo

The Huffington Post | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 05.18.2014 | Gay Voices

Classmates and family members are rallying in support of a California teen whose portrait was reportedly axed from her private school's yearbook and g...

LGBT Literature: It's Not All Life and Death

Julie R. Enszer | Posted 07.15.2014 | Gay Voices
Julie R. Enszer

Two Internet memes are promoting literary issues that I care about deeply. On May 1, 2, and 3, a groups of activists using Twitter hashtags raised awareness about the need for diverse characters and story lines in children's and young adult books.

Where to Find Lesbians?

Mary Gorham Malia | Posted 07.06.2014 | Gay Voices
Mary Gorham Malia

It's that time of year when single lesbians converge on Ptown. Why now? It's "Lesbian Time," and it's your chance to find the lesbians. Why is this i...

A Review of Reappearing Act by Kate Fagan

Pat Griffin | Posted 07.06.2014 | Books
Pat Griffin

The Reappearing Act is a gripping memoir written with honesty and wry humor about Kate Fagan's painful, but ultimately triumphant journey to truth and self-acceptance as a lesbian.

Transmuting Transphobia: How My Own Youthful Gender Ambiguities Clouded My Ability to Differentiate Lesbians From Trans Guys

Stephanie Fairyington | Posted 07.02.2014 | Gay Voices
Stephanie Fairyington

It's a sleepy Saturday afternoon in Downey, California, a dull suburb of Los Angeles, where I grew up. I'm 10. The sun rains a shower of light through...

Sinister Wisdom Receives Leadership Award From Publishing Triangle

Julie R. Enszer | Posted 06.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Julie R. Enszer

Every year The Publishing Triangle recognizes outstanding LGBT books published in the last year and gives two special awards -- a Leadership Award and...

What I Did Not Save

Julie R. Enszer | Posted 06.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Julie R. Enszer

Sometimes, I wake up in a cold sweat thinking about a lost moment of activism, of resistance, of assertion of lesbians' words in Ann Arbor. I think of the ways I have failed lesbians and lesbian culture.

Clear the Smoke, I'm Coming Through

Nicole Breedlove | Posted 06.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Nicole Breedlove

Lately I'm beginning to feel like a minority in the lesbian community. As an African American lesbian it's very rare to find a woman who likes to date...

Club Skirts Dinah Shore 2014

Reggie Cameron | Posted 06.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Reggie Cameron

The world's largest girl party, Club Skirts Dinah Shore was underway last week with over 25,000 attendees. The event hosts a variety of programming fr...

Wedding Bells Ring at Any Age

Judy Rickard | Posted 05.28.2014 | Gay Voices
Judy Rickard

Everyone's story is different, and yet all stories have the same basics. You meet someone, you have feelings for someone, you make that known, it works out or not. Neither Arlene nor Clara can remember much detail, other than it was "that kiss" that first sealed it.

Why This New Lesbian Dating App Could Break Fresh Ground

Posted 03.27.2014 | Gay Voices

Creators are hoping that an award-winning dating app will break fresh ground as the first of its type designed specifically for lesbian women. As...

Readers Wanted: Building LGBT Literary Cultures

Julie R. Enszer | Posted 05.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Julie R. Enszer

Readers and sales of books to readers are vital for the survival of small presses; readers are also crucial for our literature to flourish.

I Did It: Forgiveness

Liz Margolies, L.C.S.W. | Posted 05.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Liz Margolies, L.C.S.W.

Why should I forgive that evil ex-lover who stole my money and tried to damage my relationship with my child? I was startled to realize how much venom I still carried for a person I broke up with eight years ago.

WATCH: Lesbians Explain How 2 Girls Fall In Love

Posted 03.17.2014 | Gay Voices

Vlogger and YouTube personality Arielle Scarcella is back with a new video that asks how do two girls fall in love? For this latest installment in ...

The Incredibly True Adventures of a Lesbian Bartender: That Time I Met a Homophobic Anti-Semite

Jodi Savitz | Posted 05.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Jodi Savitz

On this night I just can't help but offer my two cents to the asshole whose blatantly anti-Semitic, homophobic slurs begin to radiate throughout the space where I so calmly and coolly am drinking a semi-local brew on my night off.

Sinister Wisdom and the Legacy of Adrienne Rich

Julie R. Enszer | Posted 05.07.2014 | Gay Voices
Julie R. Enszer

The death of Adrienne Rich on March 27, 2012, filled me with grief and a profound sense of loss. It took a few months before I could contemplate a tribute issue, but I knew immediately that Sinister Wisdom must do a tribute issue.

I Did It! A Colonoscopy

Liz Margolies, L.C.S.W. | Posted 04.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Liz Margolies, L.C.S.W.

LGBT people have lower colorectal cancer screening rates, especially transgender people and people of color. All our usual barriers to care (stigma, lack of health insurance, etc.) make it difficult. In the interest of getting more of us to do this, why don't you follow me through the process?

Stud Lesbians, Listen Up!

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 02.13.2014 | Gay Voices

Lesbian vlogger and YouTube personality Arielle Scarcella is back with a new video that takes a look at an often underrepresented portion of the lesbi...

The Invisible Americans

Victoria A. Brownworth | Posted 04.07.2014 | Politics
Victoria A. Brownworth

Poverty isn't a "money problem." It's not about having to wait to cash out your 401k or your IRA or some of your stocks. It's having nowhere to turn for money. It's wondering which bill can be paid and which bill can be put off.

Gay Men, Lesbians and the Ocean Between Us

Tyler Curry | Posted 04.01.2014 | Gay Voices
Tyler Curry

Simply, gay men and lesbians feel isolated from one another because we are two completely different animals who are forced to share the same cage.

Dear Kacey Musgraves, I Have a Big Lesbian Crush on You!

Jodi Savitz | Posted 03.30.2014 | Gay Voices
Jodi Savitz

Drawn in by her adorableness and very nice legs, I found my eyes glued to the screen. "Who is this chick?" I thought, half genuinely curious, half just thinking she was attractive. Then I heard, "Kiss lots of boys, or kiss lots of girls if that's what you're into," and it was as if a thunderbolt had struck!

Real Life Dyke Drama Results in on Screen Musical Comedy - GIRLTRASH: All Night Long (VIDEO/AUDIO)

Nicholas Snow | Posted 03.29.2014 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Snow

The story behind the scenes - before, during and after production leading up to this week's much-anticipated release of GIRLTRASH: All Night Long (on DVD with streaming coming soon) by POWER UP Films - could be a movie in and of itself. Too bad reality TV cameras weren't rolling!