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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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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 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.

Come Out!

National Coming Out Day is October 11th, and there are two events at HSU to celebrate. The Queer Creating Community reception is on Wednesday the 7th from 4-6 pm in the Kate Buchanen room. On Friday the 9th there's a queer resource fair on the Quad from 11-2, with info and a doorway to come out through . Call the HSU Multicultural Center for details at 826-3364.

Joan Armatrading

Joan Armatrading will be at the Van Duzen at HSU on Tuesday Oct. 20th, 8 pm, $56. Call CenterArts for ticket info, at 826-4411. This is part of her "last world tour"-- She's been traveling since last fall, sharing new songs and familiar older ones in her storytelling style. Though she's often worked with a band, this is a solo concert, just her and a piano and guitar and her amazing voice.
Joan was born in the Virgin Islands and raised mostly in Britain, and her music reflects that mixed background, with influences from pop, jazz, reggae, gospel, folk, & blues. She's been a lesbian favorite since the 70's, and she sems to be in a registered civil union with Maggie Butler, but she says her songs are not about her life but stories she picks up from everywhere.

Barbara Dilworth Memorial Oct. 31st

Barbara Dilworth, a long-time L-Word writer, layout expert, and illustrator and the originator of Queer News, died on September 23, 2015. There will be a celebration of her life at the Unitarian Fellowship off Jacoby Creek road in Bayside at 2 pm on Halloween, October 31st (it was her favorite holiday). Everyone welcome. Bring Barb stories to share!

States of Grace

States of Grace will be at the Minor in Arcata on Nov. 3rd, 6:30-8 pm, if enough folks buy advance tickets--see below. "A routine commute across the Golden Gate Bridge turned tragic for Dr. Grace Dammann when another driver crashed head on into her car. Though she miraculously survived, she spent more than a year in rehabilitation hospitals. "States of Grace" follows her return home to the Buddhist community where she lives with her partner Nancy “Fu” Schroeder and their daughter Sabrina. Family dynamics are turned upside down as each of them must negotiate new roles and responsibilities and relearn how to take care of each other. With humor and candor, the film intimately captures their story as Grace struggles to discover new purpose in her radically altered life." Tickets $12. Advance purchase is required. Sold online only: Film Trailer at:

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