LQ16 December 2007

Winter 2007-2008 Edition

Welcome to the winter edition of Lesbian Quarterly.

RedCandlesWinter holidays. As someone who celebrates the secular version of Christmas, it’s a time of figuring out what to buy people and when to mail it so they get it on time. It’s also a time to focus on the things I like about the various winter holidays, and leave the rest.

My spiritual holiday is Winter Solstice, which is a nice thing to celebrate, since you can make it whatever you want to be. Lesbians are like that, taking what we like about popular culture and hopefully leaving the rest. Yule evergreens decorated with blessings, decking the halls, candles and blessing people with gifts belong to Solstice/Yule as much as Christmas, and that makes me happy.

About 20 years ago, young, broke and unwilling to go to my parents place for Christmas, I chose to gather my chosen family around me and start some new traditions. That year, my Solstice / birthday candlemaking celebration was born. Each year since then, the people I’m closest to, and some others that just seem nice, are invited to my home to sit around, drink mulled apple juice and dip candle wicks in tall jars of hot coloured wax. It’s nice, homey and peaceful, the kind of thing I’d want my children to remember fondly, if I was going to have children.

This quarter in LQ we have some resources for making lesbian and gay friendly purchases from companies with positive practices towards people like us. We also have a book review by guest contributor Jeanette Nelson, about a first novel written by a Canadian lesbian, published by a Canadian publishing company. As well, a new opportunity to recommend your favourite lesbian-owned businesses and artisans.

In This Issue

Lesbian-Owned Business Recommendations

I was recently at one of my favourite holiday events, the Women’s Winter Craft Faire hosted by Pat Hogan of Sounds and Furies Productions. This yearly fair, held at the Heritage Hall on Main Street brings a great assortment of quality women artisans together in […]

Human Rights Campaign (Holiday) Shopping Guide

People often ask me for advice on what brands of computers and other equipment to buy. During the holiday season, a lot of people buy gadgets and gifts. In general I usually recommend good solid brands¬†I’ve had direct experience with¬†like Hewlett Packard or Dell. Recently, […]

The Skin Beneath

Skin Beneath Book CoverThe Skin Beneath by Nairne Holze, Insomniac Press 2007. Reviewed by Jeanette Nelson.