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The L-Word is a monthly publication from Humboldt County, CA written by and for local lesbians highlighting local and international events and hot topics.

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Humboldt Pride
HSU Women's Center
Marriage Equality USA-Humboldt
Queer Student Union

Welcome to the L-Word online!


We're happy to have this space to share some of what we put in the paper plus things that we find out about too late to get them in. We update the site at least monthly, so when the L-word's paper publication comes out you should see some changes reflected here as well. And there are often changes in between when we find out about something exciting, so check back.

Our site holds a local calendar of intriguing events, archives of Kulture Klatch, Ruth's Review, and Montanna's spirituality column, and a summary of last month's Queer news as reported by "the other barb", as well as local resources. If there's something else that you think is important to get up here, please, don't hesitate to contact us! We are always looking for the next best idea.

WILPF Book Sale July 4th

Join us on H street in Arcata, 10-5, opposite bubbles and the Minor theater. Get some goos books and support a good cause. The humboldt branch of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom uses funds from this sale to provide Peace scholarships and peace and justice oriented kids books for local schools and libraries.

"Pansy" in Blue Lake

The Mad River Festival is featuring “Pansy,” a play by Evan Johnson about queer youth, both today’s and those who came of age twenty years ago during the beginnings of the AIDS epidemic. A young San Franciscan discovers a time capsule in his basement, filled with VHS tapes, audio cassettes, and party fliers, and begins to realize that he is not so different from Peter Pansy who hung around gay clubs during the ‘90’s. “Pansy” will be shown in Blue Lake on July 8 at 7:30 pm, at Dell’Arte’s Carlo Theatre, 131 H St. The cost is $15.
"Pansy is part of Dell'Arte's month-long Mad River Festival, with lots of theater and music, a parade, and more. See details.

Women in the Woods

It's that festival season, and some of us are heading back east for the 40th (and last, in this incarnation at least) Michigan Women's Music Festival. But others will be hanging out with women closer to home, at Women in the Woods, a gathering at Brietenbush Host springs in Oregon. Women, water, trees, good food, and community. August 20-23, 7501 N.E. Glisan, Portland, OR 97213. 503-284-0722

Women's Herbal Symposium

Three times a year women from many backgrounds gather together in great celebration for four full days of inspiring Herbal and Sustainability classes, gourmet vegetarian meals, talented campfire capers, amazing handcrafted marketplace items, Rites-of-Passage Ceremonies, powerful campfire drumming and dancing, refreshing swimming hole dips, and conversations with remarkable & inspiring women!
We meet together under the ancient oaks, douglas firs, and bay trees of Black Oak Ranch in Laytonville. Our main gathering area is encircled by sixteen tipis with a large firepit in the center. All classes are held sitting on the ground under these majestic trees, or under shade tarps. At night we camp together, either in the tipis or in tents that we each bring. Sessions for 2015 are: Session 1: May 15 - 18; Session 2: May 22 - 25; and Session 3: September 4 - 7. All sessions are at Black Oak Ranch in Laytonville. It's $380-$475 sliding scale for all classes, meals, camping, and events. The sliding scale is designed to provide access to women of low income. We depend upon a percentage of high paying participants in order to meet the Symposium budget. We expect women with access to money to pay the full fee. Please be honest. There are a limited number of spaces for young women, ages 12-20 ($150-$175), and Elders, ages 60 and over ($200-$250) if needed. Children: $40-$80. More info at

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