Lesbian Quarterly

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How to tie and buy a butch bow tie

by Sophia Kelly (c) Lesbian Quarterly I bought my genderqueer girlfriend a silk bow tie for Christmas. It looks fabulous – green silk with a nice subtle pattern on it and super classy. For extra difficulty I bought it while visiting Calgary, which if you […]

Tantra for Lesbians – Valentine’s day gifts and activities

Tantra for Lesbians – Valentine’s day gifts and activities

By Sophia Kelly (c) Lesbian Quarterly Most resources for learning tantra are extremely hetero-normative.  All the exercises and and practice assume that everyone is in opposite sex, opposite gender pair and that all the women involved are interested in connecting with their ‘inner feminine’.  It […]

What are your favourite women (and lesbian) owned businesses in or near Vancouver?

What are your favourite women (and lesbian) owned businesses in or near Vancouver?

A Statistics Canada study released in March of this year found that women in Canada still earn only 87 cents for every dollar a man earns. The way I see it, women are my team, and that it’s a good thing to support one another. So, like many lesbians, I when given a choice, I choose to buy from women-owned businesses and lesbian-owned businesses.

Sometimes it can be difficult to find suitable women-owned businesses to support and to access reviews of those businesses. I encourage you to add your own favourite local women-owned businesses in the comments. Feel free to include a single link to the business’ web page. You can recommend your own business if you like too, or add your endorsement of one of those listed.

To start off, here are some I know of. All are women and are some flavour of lesbian, bi or queer.

Andrea Smith of Sidesaddle
Andrea Smith of Sidesaddle

Sidesaddle bicycle shop – Andrea Smith co-owns this women-focused bicycle shop in East Vancouver with a male co-owner Lucas Gallagher. When I visited them this summer to buy padded bicycle shorts, there were all women bike mechanics and a very helpful male salesperson (who may have been Gallagher) sporting a “the future is female” t-shirt.

Eve Rickert of Talk Science to Me

Talk Science to Me – is a Science Communications firm owned by Eve Rickert. Rickert and her team helps produce clear written products that translate ‘science’ into language that is understandable by the general public. If you are looking for editing, proofreading, indexing and fact-checking on other types of projects, they do that too.

Sophia Kelly of Tailored Tech
Sophia Kelly of Tailored Tech

Tailored Tech – Sophia Kelly of Tailored Tech has been helping non-profit organizations and entrepreneurial businesses improve their websites, business operations, project management and online marketing since 2000. She helps non-profits do much more with less, and complete their reporting requirements quickly and easily. She helps business-owners intelligently and sustainably build capacity. She has a warm, practical, client-centred and solution-focused manner, and enjoys getting things done. In her spare time she is the musical director of the Vancouver Goddess Choir and publishes Lesbian Quarterly.


For more articles about lesbians in business and women owned business, see the following links.

Vancouver – Country Dancing Thursday Nights

I’ve been going for several years to Timberline Dance – it’s two step and line dancing attended by mostly gay men, and some lesbian and straight women. Super friendly, like a country dance in a small gay town. Marek and his partner Todd do the […]

Up to Date Lesbian Agenda for BC

Up to Date Lesbian Agenda for BC

Long time readers will recall the print and later the web versions of the Lesbian Agenda. This resource took a lot of work to keep comprehensive and up to date and I’m so glad to have found a resource with all the information lesbians need […]

Music Video – I wish I was a lesbian

Music Video – I wish I was a lesbian

Loudon Wainwright III is not (to my knowledge) a lesbian, but this song, and especially the video, is very funny. It’s created out of anime cartoons and the choices are hilarious. Here’s the link: I wish I was a lesbian  or just click on the image from the video at left.

The below is a Xena (sigh, Xena) themed video interpretation of the same song.

(updated with new videos)

Timberline Dance

Timberline Dance

Same sex country and line dancing on Thursday nights at St Paul’s Anglican Church hall in Vancouver. http://www.timberlinedance.org/ 

Become a lesbian novelist

I’m taking part in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) again this year and invite you to join me. Participants write a 50,000 word novel during the month of November, with support from the NaNoWriMo organization. Check it out at www.nanowrimo.org You can follow my progress (or lack thereof) and be one of my ‘writing buddies’ and compete against me by visiting my profile at: http://www.nanowrimo.org/eng/user/563340

You can do it! The world needs more lesbian novelists, don’t you think? Click on the link above to see the whole post.

Let’s Marae!

by Mary Meriam

My nearest, my queerest,
my conjugal dearest,
my closest, my mostest,
what shall I call you?

My lavender gayspeak,
queerspeak and queenspeak,
lost lambda pipsqueak,
your name preference, please?

My love, my dove,
my heaven above,
my who I want more of,
what, what, what?

Mon amour, mi amigo,
spouse in my house,
muse who I choose,
q’est-ce que c’est le bon mot?

My Rae of hope,
my missing mishpochah,
my saving grace,
a bissel hint-hint?

Significant other,
this one, not another,
my own homo lover,
onomastically who?

Woman plus woman,
man plus man,
an accepted plan,
I pronounce you, nu?
Will you marae me?
Darling, what did you say?
The word is marae.
Will you be my rae?

rae [RAY] -noun – the affectionate, legal, and religious term
for the spouse or partner of a gay or lesbian person.

marae [ma-RAY] -verb – to join as spouses or to take as a spouse,
in the marriage of a gay or lesbian person.

The neologisms rae and marae are derived from
“My Rae,” the name Lillian Faderman gave to her
courageous and devoted aunt. As a new term for
gay and lesbian partners, “my rae” honors Lillian
Faderman’s tremendous courage and devotion to
gays and lesbians. “Marae” means “sacred place”
in Polynesia. At the marae, culture is celebrated,
customs are explored and debated, and weddings
and birthdays are held.

(first published in Chiron Review, Winter, 2008)

NaNoWriMo Winner

Some of you may have read the post I made during November when I was in the middle of writing a 50,000 word novel.. I completed that task, with a day to spare, which qualified me as a National Novel Writing Month winner. www.nanowrimo.org The […]