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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.

Emma Center Mother's Day Brunch

Come join the fun at the Emma Centerís tenth annual Motherís Day Brunch on Sunday, May 10 at the Bayside Grange, at 2297 Jacoby Creek Rd. from 9 am to 1 pm. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for kids available at Bubbles in Arcata or at the door. Itís a joyful morning of live entertainment including Anna Hamilton and the Raging Grannies, excellent food including vegetarian, memento photos, and a spectacular silent auction. All proceeds benefit the Emma Center. The mission of the Emma Center is to provide ongoing, holistic, healing services to any woman who has experienced trauma.


Sherry Glaser, who was here with her great one woman show "OH MY GODDESS!" at the Playhouse a few years ago, will be back with her latest work,"TAKING THE HIGH ROAD: Comic Confessions from Behind the Cannabis Curtain" on Friday May 8th at the Arcata Playhouse, 8pm. For the last four years Ms. Glaser has been the executive director at Love In It Cooperative, a medical marijuana dispensary in Mendocino. The cooperative, which is run by Glaserís family (Glaser is married to Sheba Love), was raided on March 4, 2014. She and her family were arrested and all their finances and medical marijuana seized. As is Ms. Glaserís forteí through her writing, she transforms the pain and agony of this unresolved trauma (as well as other true life crises), into a Two Act solo dramatic comedy. Sherry takes the stage with new material derived from her life as a "pot wife" living behind the Cannabis Curtain. Each character has a definite yet surprising relationship to marijuana, giving the show a wide range of appeal from the Hip crowd, to patients facing life threatening diseases and anyone struggling with mental health in a world gone mad. $15/ $13 Playhouse members.

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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