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Monday, March 30, 2009

Same-sex marriage fight focuses on New England

This article appeared on page A - 7 of the San Francisco Chronicle on March 28, 2009 and was written by John Curran of the Associated Press.

Vermont was the first state to outlaw slavery. Neighboring New Hampshire declared its independence from England before any other colony. Maine led the way with Prohibition.

These days, Yankee activism has another cause - gay rights.

Two states in New England already allow same-sex marriage, and lawmakers in three more are considering it, although passage is far from certain.

To some, the push is emblematic of a live-and-let-live ethic and burnished by gradual acceptance of gay relationships after Vermont's groundbreaking civil unions law took effect in 2000. Others see it as an effort by a vocal minority that has turned to the Northeast because its message can't get support elsewhere.

Only Massachusetts and Connecticut permit same-sex marriage. California, which briefly allowed it before a voter initiative in November repealed it, allows domestic partnerships, as do a handful of other states.

New Jersey and New Hampshire also offer civil unions, which provide many of the same rights that come with marriage. New York recognizes same-sex marriages performed elsewhere, and legislators there and in New Jersey are weighing whether to offer marriage. The Iowa Supreme Court has heard arguments on a marriage equality suit.

But for now, the focus on legal recognition of gay relationships has returned to northern New England.

"There is not an easy way to get the issue on the ballot and before the voters so that it can be decided directly by the people," said Maggie Gallagher, president of the National Organization for Marriage, which opposes same-sex marriage and is underwriting a radio campaign against it.

"Therefore, it is more a creature of special interest politics and legislative deal-making. These are small states which can be influenced by fairly large amounts of outside money coming in. And it's very hard for regular people to feel that they can have a voice on this issue in these states."

The voices - on both sides - are growing louder:

-- New Hampshire, which enacted a civil unions law last year, moved a step closer to legalizing same-sex marriage Thursday when the state House of Representatives voted in favor. The state Senate still must vote, though, and the governor - who signed a civil unions bills last year - opposes it.

-- The Vermont Senate has approved a similar measure, but the House has yet to vote. Gov. Jim Douglas vowed Wednesday to veto the bill if it reaches him, spurring a protest that drew about 300 people to the Statehouse on Friday. Protesters say they'll push to get enough votes in the Legislature for a veto override.

-- In Maine, a bill to legalize same-sex marriage has nearly 60 co-sponsors in the Legislature. Gov. John Baldacci, who opposes same-sex marriage, says he hasn't taken a position on the measure.

Beth Robinson, who leads the Vermont Freedom to Marry Task Force, says the close proximity of the New England states has allowed people to see for themselves that civil unions work and that same-sex marriage should be allowed to. Massachusetts got same-sex marriage in 2004.

"It's a lot harder for someone who lives near Massachusetts to say that the sky's going to fall if we share the same sky. Someone halfway across the country might not see that," Robinson said.

Opponents contend that the measures don't have popular support, saying that gay rights measures are nearly always defeated at the polls. Amendments to ban same-sex marriage were approved in November in Arizona and Florida. Now, 30 states have same-sex marriage bans in their constitutions.

Commitment + Action

by Larry James, Relationship Coach

For you to achieve what you desire in a love relationship, both love partners must have similar levels of commitment. Each must honor a promise of mutual commitment to the other, a commitment to participate in life fully together.

This does not mean that you must have identical commitments. It means that for a healthy love relationship to thrive and survive, each love partner must support the other in their own individual commitments in addition to their commitment to each other as a team. She is committed to something and he supports her. He is committed to something and she supports him.

When true love is present, commitments arise naturally. They expand our capacity to love.

The commitment that supports a healthy partnership is the commitment each has to the other to always be working on the relationship, a commitment to always be in a dance with one another, showering each other with compassion and understanding.

Commitment is nurtured by compassion and understanding.

If you care to move past commitment. . . try surrender. Surrender is one step beyond commitment.

Surrender does not mean placing yourself at the mercy of someone else. To me, surrender is the ultimate commitment to unconditional love; it is surrendering to the process, not to your love partner. Having surrender present in your love relationship means having a devotion to keeping the fire of your love burning. . . for each other.

It is possible to give yourself fully to the relationship without losing your sense of self in the relationship. It empowers each of you when both love partners are willing to surrender to the moment, to those tender moments when you are unconditionally loving the one you are with. It promotes freedom of full self-expression.

You both must trust one another enough to allow each other the freedom to speak words of truth straight from the heart. Open, honest communication is just one of the many keys to a healthy love relationship.

Add to commitment a decision for action. That's when the adventure begins. If you only always know what you are committed to and never totally support each other in your commitments, you may rediscover the same ordinary relationship you may have experienced in the past. How boring!

Why not go for extraordinary? Or, if you are truly adventurous, go for outrageous! That is anything but boring.

Commitment plus action provides the momentum that can produce extraordinary results! It's doing what can be done to make a difference for each other. . . and having a commitment to do it together. Even when it feels like you don't want to.

Especially when you don't feel like it.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Same-Sex Kiss Day 4-15-09 has put together a Same-Sex Kiss Day on Tax day, 04/15/09. LGBT couples have yet to be granted the same rights to file our taxes jointly on a Federal level, and we can still be fired for being openly gay in the workplace. That's why they are encouraging you to be seen on Tax Day, April 15, 2009, spreading your love with a KISS!

Show up at any Starbucks on Tax Day at 7:15 AM, 12:15 PM, 5:15 PM, or 8:15 PM , buy a cuppa joe, then share a kiss with your sweetie, or a friend, or even a long-time crush!

Don't have someone to kiss? Go to Samesexkiss's Facebook page, click on "Confirmed attendees" and find someone to kiss in your area.

Straight allies are encouraged to attend as well! Show up and give your husband or wife some love to show your support of LGBT rights.

For more information, check out their website at

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Portia De Rossi's Gay Marriage Apology

Portia De Rossi was a guest on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" the other night and brought with her a new PSA she made about gay marriage. If you haven't had a chance to check it out, it is definitly worth the minute and 21 seconds...

Monday, March 23, 2009

April Lesbian Horoscopes

by Flash Silvermoon

We all like to be April Fools sometimes but with Venus, the planet of love, moving backwards along with Saturn and Pluto, the mood can be more tentative. Given the apparent propensity in the world for fraudulent behavior, moving forward with some restraint is not a bad idea. Still, Spring will give it's best shot at bringing out the free spirits in us all. With the Sun, Mercury, and Venus all in Aries, there will be plenty of fire to go around and the breeze from the Aquarian air signs will fan those flames. The Full Libra Moon on the 9th may offer some warmth and sensuality shining its Venusian light on our more romantic sensibilities.

Like the weather, we have been energetically tossed around, too cold, now too hot, finding that middle ground may be a challenge but most necessary.

While Jupiter orbits happily in electrical Aquarius we can continue to expect some interesting leaps in technology which will enhance the possibility of miracle cures with Neptune and Chiron bonded like Siamese twins next door.

Towards the 3rd week we can expect more explosive happenings as both Venus and Mars collide with potent Pluto's deep and provocative blasts of underground energy. This is no time for secrets as all will be revealed.

The truth will set you free but first it will really piss you off!

ARIES - Yippee. I love Venus in my sign again. Who cares if its retro, it's MINE. It is Spring and I am surely sprung. There is no shame in my game and I want to make love in every way possible and there is no time like the present. Patiently waiting is for those who lack courage and inspiration. Be here NOW with me.

TAURUS - Flower power turns me on as I my eyes feast on the orgy of color that Mother Nature provides right outside my window. magentas, reds, and pinks with blazing oranges. Place my lover in the midst of that picture and that's what I call ecstasy. Add some bubbly, dark chocolate and stir for a healing elixir of life.

GEMINI - Everybody's talking and nobody's saying anything and I ought to know because no one can turn a phrase to slip out the back like I can. I could wax poetic about the moon or croon a tune to excite and delight but what I am really needing is some deep connected communication.Hell, I'll even get metaphysical if it will help get me into a good conversation and I don't even care which side of the issue you take.

CANCER - When all is said and done, there is something so stabilizing about a good home cooked meal with ones friends and family. When I look about my cozy nest, I feel a deep satisfaction that money can't buy and rich beyond measure. By adopting this attitude of gratitude my world expands from this solid inner core of peace and contentment. The storms may come and go but my sea remains calm.

LEO - I can feel pretty feisty most days but lately I feel like I am only partially engaged. With all of those Aquarian energies abounding I am quite out of my element. I don't want to think and talk I want more action and passion. When Venus gets her head turned around on the 18th, I will be on the prowl again and feeling very frisky.

VIRGO - It's not that I am afraid to take a chance at love, it's just that I find so many reasons why relationships are just too much trouble. They mess up your house,can keep you from writing the next great American novel, you can't read on bed and damn, they are just not perfect. All that being said, I am getting way sick of my own company and it may wewll be time to,gulp,go on a date.

LIBRA - When it comes to the Law of Attraction, I have it made. I know just how to attract anything and make you feel like you are the only important thing in my world. The only problem is that sometimes I attract one too many and have to choose There in lies the rub, I am lousy at decision making and can make the very ones that I treasure mad at me.I hate when that happens because I need everyone to like me at least a little.

- I don't know if its just my perverse nature but I am finding myself somewhat amused by the pirating and discovery caused by the bailouts. I mean how dumb do these corporate mobsters think that we are. The Sopranos couldn't hustle the bucks more dishonestly on the streets of Jersey than these dudes in their newly remodeled boardrooms! OK now that I havve released my bile, let's climb back in bed.

SAGITTARIUS - I am feeling so much freer than I can remember in many moons. I don't want to process our foreign policy or the mystical treatise on other dimensions. I much rather float in the kozmic bliss of enlightenment where there are no boundaries and no constraints.Crank up my magic carpet or at least put some gas in the old broom and let's blow this pop stand.

CAPRICORN - I am so glad that Pluto is in my sign now as it will kick serious butt to those who have not learned to play by the rules. I mean I work my tail off everyday with the kind of work ethic that would make anyone proud and dammit nobody should feel like they are above the law. I would love to see some overflowinmg white colar crime prisons where they actually have to work for a meal.

AQUARIUS - There are still so many planets competing for my attention and it makes my normally quirky behavior even quirkier if such a thing is possible. I am feeling like a rebel with too many causes and one can only fold so many newsletters. Studying my astrological chart feels like one of the few places where I can feel a measure of wholeness and serenity.

PISCES - Sometimes the outer world just feels insane. Too much tension and strife when you mix it up out in the marketplace. Fortunately my world offers me much more as I journey to the far reaches of the 7 Dimesions. If the first 3 get you down, try dimension four or five. It works for me and provides me with limittless opportunities for elevation and creativity.

2009 Gay and Lesbian Pride Festival Calendar of Events

Here is a list of 2009 Gay Pride Events by date. If I missed any, please feel free to email me and I will update the list.

March 21-22, 2009 Fort Lauderdale, FL Pridefest Fort Lauderdale
March 21-22, 2009 New York, NY Original GLBT Expo
April 18, 2009 Miami Beach, FL Miami Beach Gay Pride
April 18-19, 2009 Phoenix, AZ Phoenix Pride
April 19, 2009 Albuquerque, NM Albuquerque Pride Pageant
April 26, 2009 Daytona, FL Daytona Pridefest
May 1-2, 2009 Las Vegas, NV Las Vegas Pride
May 2, 2009 Northampton, MA Northampton Pride
May 10-14, 2009 Fort Lauderdale, FL Aqua Girl
May 15-17, 2009 New Hope, PA New Hope Pride
May 16-17, 2009 Long Beach, CA Long Beach Pride
May 24, 2009 Melbourne, FL Space Coast Pride
May 27-June 7, 2009 Charleston, WV Rainbow Pride of West Virginia
May 28-31, 2009 Philadelphia, PA Philadelphia GLBT Artists Festival
June 5-7, 2009 Kansas City, KS Kansas City Gay Pride
June 5-14, 2009 Birmingham, AL Central Alabama Pride
June 5-14, 2009 Boston, MA Boston Pride
June 5-14, 2009 Washington, DC Capital Pride
June 5-14, 2009 Winnepeg, Manitoba Winnipeg Pride
June 6, 2009 Austin, TX Austin Pride Parade
June 6, 2009 Fresno, CA Fresno Rainbow Pride
June 6-7, 2009 Salt Lake City, UT Utah Pride
June 6-14, 2009 Indianapolis, IN Indy Pride Festival
June 7, 2009 Asbury Park, NJ Jersey Pride
June 8-14, 2009 Pittsburgh, PA PrideFest 2009
June 9-13, 2009 Brooklyn, NY Brooklyn Pride
June 11-13, 2009 Albuquerque, NM Albuquerque Pride
June 12-14, 2009 Des Moines, IA Capital City Pride
June 12-14, 2009 Los Angeles, CA LA Pride
June 12-14, 2009 Milwaukee, WI Pridefest 2009
June 12-21, 2009 Edmonton, AB Edmonton GLBT Pride Festival
June 13, 2009 San Antonio, TX Pridefest San Antonio
June 13, 2009 Spokane, WA OutSpokane Rainbow Festival
June 13-14, 2009 Cincinnati, OH Pride Alive '09
June 13-14, 2009 Portland, OR Portland Pride Festival
June 14, 2009 Long Island, NY Long Island Pride Parade
June 14, 2009 Milwaukee, WI Milwaukee Pride Parade
June 14, 2009 Nyack, NY Gay Pride Rockland
June 19-20, 2009 Iowa City, IA Iowa City Pride Parade
June 19-20, 2009 Louisville, KY Kentuckiana Pride Festival
June 19-21, 2009 Bisbee, AZ Bisbee Pride
June 19-21, 2009 Providence, RI RI Pridefest & Parade
June 20, 2009 Grand Rapids, MI West Michigan Pride
June 20, 2009 Syracuse, NY Central New York Pride
June 20-21, 2009 Fort Lauderdale, FL Stonewall Street Festival
June 27-28, 2009 San Francisco, CA SF Gay Pride Festival
June 27-28, 2009 Denver, CO Denver Pridefest
June 20-29, 2009 Santa Fe, NM Pride on the Plaza
June 28-July 5, 2009 Victoria, BC Victoria Pride
June 29, 2009 Houston, TX Pride Houston
July 11, 2009 Monterey, CA Pride of Monterey County
July 19-26, 2009 Halifax, NS Halifax Pride
July 25th, 2009 Charlotte, NC Pride Charlotte
August 15, 2009 Reno, NV Reno Gay Pride
October 3-4, 2009 Ocala, FL Ocala PrideFest

Friday, March 20, 2009

Lesbian Couples in Poverty?

I was reading an article today about a study that was done at UCLA's Williams Institute attempting to analyze poverty among gay and lesbian couples.

The article, from, stated that "the report was an analysis of recent data about same-sex unmarried couples from the 2000 Census and also included two smaller surveys with questions on sexual orientation."

From the information they gathered, they were attempting to debunk "a popular stereotype (that) paints lesbians and gay men as an affluent elite," says co-author Lee Badgett, an economist at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She continues on to state, "There are clearly many poor lesbian, gay and bisexual people."

The data Badgett used included the 2002 federal National Survey of Family Growth and the 2003 and 2005 California Health Interview surveys.

Badgett continues on to say, "Even though single mothers are most likely to be poor, the study did not focus on single lesbians and gay men because most population surveys don't ask about sexual orientation unless respondents volunteer that they are living with a same-sex partner."

Badgett believes that same-sex partners are more likely to be poor because they lack the safety nets of heterosexual couples, such as a spousal health insurance and Social Security survivor benefits.

It is interesting that this report is coming about just as the California Supreme Court is weighing the legality of Prop 8, as well as a bill, that is awaiting action in Congress, to outlaw job discrimination based on sexual orientation.

As to whether or not this report will help our cause is yet to be seen, but I thought the finding themselves were rather interesting, especially since I personally know very few lesbian couples that would be considered impoverished.

I would love to hear your thoughts on this subject...


Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The Courage Campaigns Latest Efforts

The other day I received an email from the Courage Campaign asking me to show my support for federal same-sex equal rights by signing their letter to President Obama asking him to keep his promise and allow the federal government to provide health benefits to all same-sex partners and spouses of federal employees.

For all of you who may not be on the emailing list for the Courage Campaign, I thought you might want to read the email I recieved and participate in their campaign.

"I am proud to join with and support the LGBT community in an effort to set our nation on a course that recognizes LGBT Americans with full equality under the law. That is why I support extending fully equal rights and benefits to same-sex couples under both state and federal law." -Senator Barack Obama, in a letter to the Alice B. Toklas LGBT Democratic Club, March 2008
President Obama has a unique opportunity to give hope and equality to thousands of same-sex couples across America.

No matter what happens in the fight to overturn Proposition 8, same-sex couples will not enjoy full equality until the federal government recognizes all of their rights, starting with the repeal of the "Defense of Marriage Act" (DOMA) and the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.

Right now, the President can take an important first step towards full equality by allowing the same-sex partners of federal government employees to receive health benefits, just like their straight colleagues. Currently, same-sex partners are banned from receiving these important benefits.

As the New York Times reported on Thursday, "two judges of the federal appeals court in California said that employees of their court were entitled to health benefits for their same-sex partners under the program that insures millions of federal workers." But, citing DOMA, the federal Office of Personnel Management has instructed insurers not to provide the benefits ordered by the judges.

President Obama now has a choice -- to uphold the benefit ban or to keep his campaign promise to provide same-sex couples all the benefits that their fellow federal employees receive.

Please show your support for federal same-sex equal rights by signing the Courage Campaign's letter to President Obama. Ask him to keep his promise and allow the federal government to provide health benefits to all same-sex partners and spouses of federal employees:

The right-wing is already preparing to launch a major attack on President Obama over this issue.

Gary Bauer, a long-time leader of the religious right, told the New York Times last week that Obama would "provoke a furious reaction" among conservatives if he does the right thing by reversing the benefit ban. As we saw last fall, the right-wing will stop at nothing to promote inequality.

That's why we need to show President Obama that he has our strong support.

Please sign the Courage Campaign's letter to President Obama asking him to keep his promise and allow the federal govenment to provide health benefits to same-sex partners and spouses of federal employees. And please invite your family and friends to sign the letter as well:

Together, we will ensure that all committed couples enjoy full equality at the state and federal level.

Cleve Jones
Founder, the AIDS Memorial Quilt, and historical consultant for the film "MILK"

Friday, March 13, 2009

Exhibit Opening: GenderPlay in Lesbian Culture

If you happen to be in the Southern California area over the next couple of months, you may want to check out the new exhibit GenderPlay in Lesbian Culture over at West Hollywood’s One Mueseum.

Opening this weekend, Genderplay is a multi-media exhibit exploring gender, its boundaries and the changing nature of lesbian identity

Through vintage photos, archival documents, film clips and historic first person quotes, the exhibit presents lesbian life played out through the centuries; from cross-dressers and tobacco-chewers of the American Civil War and the Wild West, stone butches, high femmes, and kiki's of the 1950s through the Lesbian Feminist 1970s to queers, bois, and trans people of today.

The exhibits will include women such as Wild West era gender-bender Calamity Jane, Gladys Bentley, an African American “drag king” from the 40’s, Storme DeLarverie, the first person to throw a punch at the Stonewall Riot, and even my favorite political pundit, Rachel Maddow.

GenderPlay is the creative idea of by LEX (a cultural guerilla group) which works as a partner with various community organizations to create cultural programming for lesbians.

The OPENING EVENT, at the One Museum on Saturday March 14, will feature singer Phranc, emcee Marie Cartier and performance art from Latina trio, Butchlalis de Panochtitlan.

If you are unable to make the opening event on March 14, two additional events are planned – Gender Play at the Movies shows at the local Macha Theater on April 19. And Gender Play the discussion has a slate of academics and smart artists on May 9 at One Archives.

The show will run for two months, from March 14 to May 23, at the ONE Archives Gallery & Museum at 626 N. Robertson Blvd. in West Hollywood (entrance is on El Tovar).

The Gallery is open every Friday, 4 to 8 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Rachael Maddow on "the View"

My favorite Lesbian pundit, Rachael Maddow, was on the view the other day and I thought you might enjoy watching the clip...

Friday, March 6, 2009

2009 Lesbian Events and Festivals

Here is a list of upcoming 2009 Lesbian events & Festival throughout the US. I will post a list of Gay Pride Events in a separately in a few weeks. If you know of an upcoming event that is not on the list, please email me the details so I can add it.

These events are organized by state and then by date.


April 13, 2009
Birmingham Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Birmingham, AL
Now in its 4th year, the festival has expanded to include a juried competition! Narrative features, documentary features, and short films will compete in their respective categories for the coveted Best Film and Audience Choice awards.


March 19-22, 2009
International 2009 Ms Leather Contest
San Francisco, CA
The World’s Largest Event for Leatherwomen and Everyone Who Loves Them!

March 20, - March 22, 2009
Wild Women’s Weekend
Willits, CA
This is a women only weekend stuffed full of Magical workshops, fun classes,killer music and comedy show, theatre and dance, yoga and belly dancing,wonderful catered food, cool things to buy, warm indoor camping, healing and pampering, rituals...everything you want for a Spring Celebration of NewTimes!

April 1 - 5, 2009
Dinah Shore
Palm Springs, CA
Expect the unexpected at Girl Bar® Dinah Shore Week April 1st-April 5th, 2009. They will surpass your expectations again and again. Mainstream talent and cutting edge elements will make our productions an unforgettable experience.

August 28-30
Northern California Women's Music Festival
Laytonville, CA
Women only (boys up to age 6 welcome) • 3 day festival of music, dance, workshops & fabulous food • 40 acres of upscale camping • 3 hours north of San Francisco

May 14 - 17, 2009
Russian River Women's Weekend
Guerneville, CA
A weekend of lesbians, pool parties, Drag King shows and more, all at the beautiful Russian River.

June 5 - 7, 2009
Women Rolling on a River
American River, CA
Our popular wet and wild weekend is back!100 fun-loving women, 21 miles of exhilarating rafting on the American River,16 expert female guides, 6 fabulous meals,3 days of playing, 2 nights camping,... 1 extraordinary weekend!

June 12 -14
Palm Springs, CA
DESIRE is a unique weekend event for leather and kinky women. It provides the opportunity for women to celebrate their sexuality and kink freely and provides excellent education and empowering opportunities. DESIRE provides the opportunity to make new friends and become part of a growing community of kinky women and invites and encourages participants to fulfill their wildest fantasies.

Sept 10 - 13, 2009
Cambria Women's Weekend
Cabria, CA


July 24-26
Carolina Lesbian: Women in the Woods
Asheboro, NC

Grab your gear, your girl & some friends & prepare to have a wild, fun weekend


May 22 - 30, 2009
Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Hartford, CT

The Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Film Festival is a fixture in the state’s cultural landscape. The Connecticut Gay & Lesbian Film Festival celebrates GLBT films- including a wide range of documentaries, shorts, and full-length feature films- that showcase the richness and creativity of the gay and lesbian culture.


April 34 - May 3, 2009
11th Annual Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Miami, FL

May 18, 2009
Not-for profit lesbian pool party at Double Tree
Southbeach Florida

The Aqua Foundation for Women presents one of the largest and most celebrated lesbian events to sweep through South Beach each year. The performance act and parties are just a part of the mission, which is to promote the equality, strength, health and visibility of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender women. The five-day event ends with a highly anticipated Aqua Girl pool party, which took place on May 18 at Double Tree on Washington Avenue.

September 8-13, 2009
Key West, FL
Womenfest Key West includes a sizzling dance club scene, clothing-optional pool parties, sexy & competitive bull riding, women-only water excursions, art, poetry, comedy, and lots of live music! Sit quietly by the pool, hold hands on the beach, or jump uninhibitedly into the mix and make new friends. Womenfest Key West invites you to be yourself. Many events are All Welcome. All events are uniquely Key West.

October 9-12
Wyld Womyn's Weekend
Maui, HI

Concerts, games, workshops, massage, gourmet food, dancing and more!

September 23-29

Chicago, Illinois
Workshops, panels, cinema & concerts featuring groundbreaking, women artists

September 12
Iowa Women's Music Festival
Iowa City, IA
Workshops, Music and Events for Women


May 14 - 17, 2009
Saints and Sinners LGBTIQ Literary Festival
New Orleans, LA
Annual queer lit fest for readers and writers alike. Meet some of your favorite homo writers, participate in workshops, panel discussions, master classes and more.


May 6 - 17, 2009
Boston Gay and Lesbian Film and Video Festival
Boston, MA
2009 will be the 25th annual edition of this popular queer film fest, so expect some great events. Many screenings are especially for us girls.

May 15 - 17, 2009
Single Women's Weekend
Provincetown, MA
If you are looking for a lover, girlfriend, wife, one night stand, new friends or just want to be around a lot of single lesbians and have a ton of fun, GET YOUR SINGLE SELF TO PTOWN and register now for Single Women's Weekend - the fastest, friendliest, easiest, way for you to meet hundreds of other single women!

July 22-26
GIRL SPLASH!-First Women's Beach Extravaganza
Provincetown, MA
LikeDinah Shore - only at the beach - be in Ptown this summer for HOT BEACH PARTIES and even HOTTER DANCE PARTIES!Plus, all-women pool parties, all-women yacht sails, all-women clambakes, all-women Beach volleyball, all-women whale-watching trips, all-women sunset dune tours, you get it - ALL-WOMEN, ALL-WOMEN, ALL-WOMEN, HOT SUMMER FUN!

October 9-18, 2009
25th Annual Women's Week
Provincetown, MA
Visit PTOWN for a week of Lesbian fun!


April 10-12
Gulf Coast Sister Camp
Ovett, MS
601/ 344-1411
mostly women • a celebration of womyn's land in the South! • 2 1/2 hours from New Orleans, LA • 1 1/2 hours from Mobile, AL • music, crafts, night stage, workshops & more

Aug 4 –9, 2009
Michign Womyn's Music Festival!
Walhalla, MI
Forty performances, a film festival, an artisan/craft show and a full roster of workshops, parties and dances are all slated for one glorious week in August on 650 lush green acres in Michigan. This year's line-up features Michigan's signature combination of new blood and longtime beloveds, representing every genre and generation through the sounds you hear from the stages as well as from the womyn you meet on the wooded path.


May 22-25
Women Outdoors National Gathering
Hancock, NH
Camping, hiking & workshops for women.


April 24-26, 2009
2009 Pride and Joy Families Weekend Conference
Utica, NY


May 22 - 24, 2009
Las Vegas, NV
Lesbian of Color Weekend Vegas
Enjoy local activities and tourist attractions with women over 30 interested in dating and travel. A get together for networking, and relationship building. All women welcome.


Sept. 19, 2009
Ohio Lesbian Festival
Kirkersville, Ohio
The Ohio Lesbian Festival is a SELF IDENTIFIED WOMYN~only event designed to promote a feminist alternative economy and community and to promote womyn in the arts. The festival was founded on the premise THAT LESBIANS AND QUEER WOMYN NEED TO RECOGNIZE AND SUPPORT EACH OTHER, to define our culture, and to build our own support systems.


May 15- 17, 2009
Herland Bi-Annual Retreats
Oklahoma City, OK
Roman Nose State Park
Women only event with music, workshops, campfire events & potluck • girls of all ages & boys under 10 welcome • also in September


August 20-23
Women in the Woods
Salem, OR
Women only • rustic cabins • natural hot springs • all meals included


May 28-31, 2009
Philadelphia GLBT Artists Festival
Philadelphia, PA
The first annual Philadelphia GLBT Artists Festival, organized by Traverse Arts Projects, is a four-day showcase featuring music, dance, theater and visual arts at various venues throughout the city.

June 11-27 2009
Philadelphia Gay and Lesbian Theatre Festival
Philadelphia, PA
The Philadelphia Gay and Lesbian Theatre Festival gives new and emerging artists a chance to explore the LGBT experience at theaters throughout the city. The performances take place in several of Philadelphia's most cherished theaters, including the Arden Theatre, the Walnut Street Theatre and The Mum Puppettheatre. (215) 627-6483,


October 24, 2009
Houston Women's Festival
Houston, TX

Women from Texas & beyond gather to enjoy music, art, culture & community • produced by the Athena Art Project


August 21-23, 2009
Louisa, VA
Twin Oaks Women's Gathering

Camping, Workshops, Dance, Drumming, Swimming, Creative Activities
Performances,Sweatlodge, Mudpit, Movement, Ritual


June 12-14
Women’s Weekend in the Woods
Camp Indianola on the Kitsap Peninsula
Come join us for a relaxing and restorative weekend at Camp Indianola on the Kitsap Peninsula. Don’t miss this chance to meet other women and catch up with friends and community. There will be dancing, laughter, crafts and food, as well hiking and yoga, campfires, singing, and a community crafter-noon. Most importantly, you will have time to relax and unwind.


July 2, – July 5, 2009

The 34th National Women's Music Festival
Middleleton, Wisconsin

The Festival is a four-day musical and cultural extravaganza that incorporates all facets of women’s lives. It’s a jam-packed long weekend where choices for things to do range from workshops, concerts, comedy, theatre presentations, a marketplace, newly released films and videos, a live auction, spirituality series, writer’s series, animal lovers series, and much, much more!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Supreme Court to Hear Oral Arguments in Prop. 8 Cases on Thursday

In a recent Press Release, The California Supreme Court announced that it will hear oral arguments on Thursday, March 5, 2009, on three cases challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 8. (Strauss v. Horton, S168047; Tyler v. State of California, S168066; City and County of San Francisco v. Horton, S168078).

In the cases before the court, the court has issued an order listing the following three issues to be briefed and argued:

  1. Is Proposition 8 invalid because it constitutes a revision of, rather than an amendment to, the California Constitution?
  2. Does Proposition 8 violate the separation of powers doctrine under the California Constitution?
  3. If Proposition 8 is not unconstitutional, what is its effect, if any, on the marriages of same-sex couples performed before the adoption of Proposition 8?

The three cases were filed directly in the California Supreme Court on November 5, 2008, the day after the California voters’ approved Prop 8.

To increase public access to the court session, the Supreme Court has designated the California Channel, a public affairs cable network, to provide a live TV broadcast of the session and to serve as the "pool" channel. California Channel will provide a press pool outside the State Building to facilitate coverage of the oral argument by television and radio stations. For a list of cable companies that carry the network, see

Oral arguments also will be broadcast in an overflow viewing auditorium in the Milton Marks Conference Center, San Francisco. In addition, the Supreme Court has announced that all briefs in the Proposition 8 cases are now posted to a special section of the California Courts Web site at .

Under the applicable court rules, the Supreme Court generally issues a decision, through a written opinion, within 90 days of oral argument. For more information on the cases, including the attorneys of record, please see the Supreme Court’s online Case Information System at


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