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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.

Stop Sexual Violence

April is Sexual Assault Awareness month, and there are several events around the county and at HSU. Here are some highlights:
The Hunting Ground, a highly acclaimed film about on-campus rape and how survivors are organizing against it, will be at the Arcata Theater Lounge at 6:30 pm on April 5th. Tickets, $5 at the door or online at, benefits the North Coast Rape Criss Team (NCRCT).
HSU's annual Take Back the Night rally, march, and speakout will be on April 8th, starting at HSU's Kate Buchanen room, by the quad. The t-shirt project and the silent witness project will be present on the Quad from 3-5. At 5 pm, the rally starts with music and poets, followed by a survivor's speakout from 6-9. There's a woman-, femme- and/or feminine-identified march from HSU to the Arcata plaza from 9-9:45, a vigil and ceremony on the Plaza, a mixed-gender march back from the Plaza, and a closing speakout. .
And this month's Roller Derby bout, on the 9th against the Port City Roller Girls, with benefit the North Coast Rape Crises team. 6 pm at Redwood Acres.

Amy Goodman at the Mateel

Amy Goodman, national leader in independent news and a hero for justice everywhere, will speak at the Mateel Community Center in Briceland on Saturday, April 16 pm. There's a meet & greet at 5pm, lecture at 6:30, booksigning 7:30. Beverages & dinner available, music after. Tickets $35 standing, $50 seated, or $250 for the meet & greet, at Redway Liquor, Wildberries in Arcata, or Sponsored by & benefits KMUD radio. Info at 923-2513.

Groovin' with the Giants

The Redwood Giants are a local group that has been training and raising funds to ride in this year’s AIDS/Lifecycle. AIDS/Lifecycle rides from San Francisco to Los Angeles to raise awareness and knowledge about HIV/AIDS among participants, their donors, and the general public. Beneficiaries are The San Francisco AIDS Foundation and the Los Angeles LGBT Center. The Redwood Giants have joined Humboldt Pride, Fuscia Rae, and many amazing volunteers to put on an ALL AGES, FAMILY FRIENDLY, DISCO THEMED ROLLER SKATING PARTY hosted by the local drag queen, Fuscia Rae. There will be local drag performances, a SILENT AUCTION and a roller skating to tunes provided by the local “DJ Joey.” 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the AIDS/Lifecycle in honor of the Redwood Giants. So come on down to the Municipal auditorium on April 16th from 12-4pm for skating, fun, tunes and lots of great local items that are going to be auctioned off. There will also be a kiddy korner for little ones who don’t particularly like skating, with coloring and fun activities.

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