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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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Humboldt Pride
HSU Women's Center
HSU's Queer Student Union
Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays

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.

Women's Herbal Symposium

The Women's Herbal Symposium happens three times a year, two weekends in May (19-22 and 26-29) and again over labor day weekend in September. It's held near Laytonville, centered on a group of teepees around a campfire circle, where women sing and drum every night. During the day, there are classes on herbal lore, medicine making, herb walks, traditional healing arts like Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine, homeopathy, flower remedies, herb related art classes, singing, life transition classes about menopause and menstruation, yoga, Qigong, star gazing, and more. There are 3 vegetarian meals a day, and a wonderful saturday night talent show, a coming-of-age ceremony for newly bleeding girls, and a croning ceremony. More details at their website.


Arcata Theater Lounge will be showing Persepolis on Friday May 19th as a benefit for the Breakfast all Day Collective. Doors 7:30, Movie 8:00, PG-13,$5 – all ticket sales benefit Breakfast All Day Collective. This American-Iranian-French film is based on the semi autobiographical graphic novel by Marjan Satrapi. Dedicated to the people of Iran, PERSEPOLIS is a story of one woman’s struggle against oppression, a poignant coming-of-age story of a precocious and outspoken young Iranian girl that begins during the Islamic Revolution. The film explores themes of identity, culture, politics and love from the perspective of an Iranian woman

Atlanta's Victory Run

Celebrate Mother's day with Women! The Six Rivers Running Club, North Coast Coop, and the Breast & GYN Health Project invite all women and girls to the 36th annual Atalanta’s Victory Run & Walk. The event offers a flat course for the 2 mile runwalk or the 8K runwalk. Proceeds will be shared with the Breast & GYN Health Project and local running teams. $10 (12 and under)? $15 (13 and older) until May 1 ($20 after May 1). Starts and ends at the North Coast Coop, 811 I St.,Arcata. Ribbons & flowers to all finishers! Late Registration in front of the Arcata Coop on Friday May 12th from 3p.m. to 6 p.m, and on the 13th from 8 to 9:30am. More info and online registration at

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