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Timberline Dance

Timberline Dance

Same sex country and line dancing on Thursday nights at St Paul’s Anglican Church hall in Vancouver. 

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 You can follow my progress (or lack thereof) and be one of my ‘writing buddies’ and compete against me by visiting my profile at:

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. The […]

Surrey – Women’s New Years Eve Party – Dreamweaver

Announcement from Dreamweaver Productions: Women’s New Years Eve Party The Blue Corvette Lounge 10662 King George Highway, Surrey (right beside the Sahara Lounge) Join us for the New Year’s Eve Countdown Thursday, December 31st Celebrate With Old Friends and New $20 Includes Champagne Toast and […]

Lesbian Poetry – Eons Ago

This poem was submitted by Cherilyn Fry. Copyright Cherilyn Fry, Nov 1 2009

Eons Ago

a past where womyn lived as the female head of tribal lineage
welding marked ability to act with strength, to uphold justice, and
were given to the healing arts of Gaia and those creatures dwelling
within her most loving arms
while vast prisms graced the skies
and crystals, like tiny shards of ice, danced so very gaily
off molten waves of other worlds unknown
eons ago
womyn met in what was known as a circle of life
with the centre being their perpetual and sacred universe- cone of
their north came the earth energy and
and to the west came the energy of water
and to the south came the fire energy
and to the east came the air energy
and throughout the meeting
they held hands and danced with unbridled joy of simply living and
at one with Mother Gaia and her children….at one with each sparking

NaNoWriMo – National (lesbian) Novel Writing Month

Latest word count: 7177  (41,833 words to go…) I’m writing a novel for National Novel Writing Month. I’ve decided to do it here, and will be adding to this post throughout the month. The task is to write 50,000 words between November 1-30th. We’re not […]

November 2009 at Rhizome

Hi LQ Readers, This is a monthly message from Lisa Moore of Rhizome Cafe – the Rhizome is a great lesbian-owned cafe in Vancouver with a lot of fun and interesting community events and great food. ~LQ Editor. November 2009 at Rhizome Café * Arts […]

Vancouver – Sounds and Furies Concerts – Holly Near, Kate Clinton

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HOLLY NEAR & Emma’s Revolution:
“Over 35 Years of Social Change Music”

Friday October 30 8 pm, Doors 7:15 pm

WHERE: Unitarian Church, 949 W. 49th Ave @Oak St, Vancouver

TICKETS: $27 advance, $32 at door:
Available at Little Sisters 1238 Davie and Urban Empire 1108 Commercial Dr (cash only)

PayPal tickets coming soon.

Print your own souvenier copy of the concert poster.



Nominated for the Nobel Peace prize, Holly Near is known throughout the world as an ambassador for peace, a musician and a global justice activist.

Near’s career as a singer has been profoundly defined by an unwillingness to separate her passion for music from her passion for human dignity. Her voice soars as she sings about that which she knows & has experienced. You can feel and see the passion, the knowing in her voice and in her body.

Holly was one of the first woman artists to start an independent record company when she founded Redwood Records in 1972 which became a major force in alternative music for nearly 20 years. Near’s vision for Redwood was to promote and produce music by politically conscious artists from around the world, a mission fulfilled for almost two decades.

Near worked for world peace and multi-cultural consciousness. The world was her university and social change movements informed her songs. Near helped support the work of artists from Nicaragua, Chile, Australia, Canada, England, Argentina, Cuba, Uruguay, Vietnam, El Salvador, Mexico, and the United States. She was outspoken on such issues as gay and lesbian rights, a woman’s right to choose, stopping domestic violence, and opposing nuclear war.

A peace activist and advocate for human and civil rights, Holly has linked the multitude of issues that are our lives, refusing the idea of separate “causes.” When asked how she keeps her energy for this work, she smiles: “I am selfish. I reach for the world I want to live in. And I believe in leaving our best efforts as a gift to our children.”

For more information on this amazing woman, visit her web site


Dancing on the edge of folk and pop there’s a revolution: Emma’s revolution. The sound of passion in “deftly-turned phrases,” songs imbued with hope, warmth and the “power and drive” to turn tears into laughter, cynicism into action.

EMMA’S REVOLUTION is the duo of award-winning, activist musicians, Pat Humphries & Sandy O, who write songs that become traditions. Their song,“If I Give Your Name” won Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and their music has been featured on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and Pacifica’s “Democracy Now!”. “Peace, Salaam, Shalom” is sung around the world and has been called the “anthem of the anti-war movement.” “Keep On Moving Forward” opened the NGO Forum at the UN Fourth World Conference on Women in Bejiing, becoming the unofficial theme of the Conference.

“The powers that be can control the media but it’s hard to stop a good song… Pat’s songs will be sung well into the 22nd century.”

WE CAME TO SING! is Holly Near & Emma’s Revolution new CD. Get a copy on October 30th!!

Holly and emma’s revolution put their unique vocal stamp on songs from Holly’s repertoire. Eleven tracks include old favorites such as Listen to the Voices, Sky Dances, and Fired Up along with new arrangements of Study War No More and Sail Away Lady, Pat Humphries’ Swimming to the Other Side, and Rick Burkhardt’s (The Prince Myshkins) Ministry.

For more information on Emma’s Revolution, visit their web site

KATE CLINTON, #1 Lesbian Comedienne

WHEN: Thursday November 5, 8 pm, Doors 7:15 pm

WHERE: WISE Hall, 1882 Adanac St @ Victoria Dr

TICKETS: Tickets $27 advance, $32 at door
Available at Little Sisters 1238 Davie and Urban Empire 1108 Commercial Dr (cash only)
PayPal tickets coming soon.

Check back soon for more details. We`ll post them as soon as we have them.

Vancouver – Girlgigs Concerts – The Dots, Kate Clinton, Po Girl, Evalyn Parry, ISSA

SUNDAY OCTOBER 25 THE DOTS with special guests … The Railway Club … 579 Dunsmuir St. Doors: 7pm  Show: 8pm Admission: $10 upcoming highlights … TUESDAY OCTOBER 27 ANI DIFRANCO Centre In Vancouver for The Performing Arts … 777 Homer 8pm Tickets: / 604-280-4444 $44.50-$49.50 plus […]