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  2. Recently watched Fancy Dance on Apple TV +, starring Lily Gladstone, who recently won bunches of important awards (don't feel like looking those up, but she cleaned up!) for Scorcese's Killers of the Flower Moon. While Flower Moon was obviously a larger production, I enjoyed Fancy Dance more. Couple caveats recommending it in this context: One of the main characters (played by Lily) does have a girlfriend so I've decided it fits here . . . but their relationship is depicted about 7 minutes of a 90 minute run time. Mostly she's on a mission and she mostly doesn't involve the girlfriend. I'd also say it's a beautiful film . . . but in the way that the ending made me cry because I thought it was so beautiful. Definitely not an uncomplicated good time, but beautiful.
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  4. Francesonly

    Useful Free Apps (Available From Public Libraries in U.S.)

    Hopefully she lives in an area that has community librarians! My local library does so many cool things : classes, book clubs, a seed library, Indigenous elders, social work and employment supports. Even very small libraries often have some of these free services.
  5. LizzieLou

    WNBA 2024

    THE WNBA has reached new levels of popularity this year. Who else is watching? Favorite team(s)? Favorite player(s)? Long time Storm fan here.
  6. LizzieLou

    Book clubs/ recommendations?

    Hey, I have never been in a lesbian exclusive book club. I’m kinda in a ‘queer scifi short fiction’ virtual reading club. but mostly the books I read are wlw themed , so lately I’ve read or am reading: Malinda Lo: Last Night at the Telegraph Club Malinda Lo: Ash Nikki Harmon: When I Was Your Girlfriend Ilana Zeffren: Urban Tails Some collected works of Patricia Highsmith Selected Works of Audre Lorde, ed Roxane Gay Mariko Tamaki: Detective Comics (Batman) … so not all book group material haha
  7. keltheimpossible

    Useful Free Apps (Available From Public Libraries in U.S.)

    Good to know. Thanks. I have a friend who emigrated there from from India and recently became an official Canadian. She's really struggling. I'll suggest these as potential diversions and aids! <3
  8. LizzieLou

    Tamsyn Muir: Author

    Thank you keltheimpossible! I am always looking for good audiobooks but I am Very Picky about the reader and the delivery. I LOVED Gideon and I just finished Harrow, and now I want them again in audio. In the fall, maybe around the end if October. :)
  9. Francesonly

    Useful Free Apps (Available From Public Libraries in U.S.)

    They're all great apps, to the extent that I hardly buy books anymore. They're available in Canadian public libraries for free too.
  10. Dorothy Jane Valentine

    ArtFight

    Is anyone here participating in ArtFight this year??
  11. If you live in the United States and have a library card from a public library, there are some apps that will give you FREE access to: E-books (Kindle and other); audiobooks; television series and movies; music; games; and some assorted oddities that are fairly niche. LIBBY: Libby is primarily for reading and listening to books in digital form. It is built on the Overdrive platform, if anyone remembers that. You can use it to access adult E-books and audiobooks of all varieties: fiction, nonfiction, adult, children, teen, etc. It offers multiple languages as options (as long as the publishers have made these available) and has formats for Kindle and E-pub, so you can read on multiple devices. Libby's search feature is a bit more user-friendly than Hoopla's which is the next app I'll mention. But that could be my limitations, Idk. Hoopla: This is a digital media service offered by your local public library that allows you to borrow movies, music, audiobooks, eBooks, comics and TV shows to enjoy on your computer, tablet, or phone - and even your TV! And it offers a BingePass option that gives you access to things like Curiosity Stream, Masterclass, etc. Like Libby, it has language options other than English. Warning, though: the search feature on this can be maddening, so if you're looking for something very particular that is odd and offbeat (my usual realm), you'll be seeking out your helpful librarian. Kanopy: This is a free streaming service that offers over 30,000 movies and TV shows, but only for patrons of libraries that partner with it. You can stream a limited number of films each month, but unlimited content from its Kids section, which is available for public library systems. This has some very cool niche items, like the Avalokiteshvara Empowerment that His Holiness The Dalai Lama made available for anyone but is sometimes difficult to find. And great selection of non-English films and television. Let me emphasize again that these are FREE. All you need is a library card. (And a public library that participates in these. At one time I would have said ALL do, but given the current climate here in the U.S. regarding the attack on the public library system, once one of the greatest strengths of this place, I don't know that this is the case.)
  12. keltheimpossible

    Tamsyn Muir: Author

    I loved The Locked Tomb series! It had everything: dark complicated characters; interesting storyline; skulls and skeletons in abundance; LESBIAN necromancy!!!! I read each book pretty much in one sitting (not an easy feat for me these days, as my vision has continued to deteriorate) and then went back for a leisurely reread or even a listen if I could find it as an audiobook from my library. These are great as audiobooks, just to say. Especially if you have a vivid imagination. Best on appropriately grey gloomy fall or winter days, when the clouds are hanging so low in the sky they are almost touching the ground. And if you're lucky enough to have vultures around? (I DO!!!) Even better! Although bats are good, too. But ducks and geese? Not so much, nah. Ok. Quitting now, because in danger of extended neurodivergent tangent hijack. But thank you, mods! I'm putting the series back on my list to listen to this fall!
  13. LizzieLou

    Stormé DeLarverie: Performer, Activist

    Fantastic! The Stonewall Inn in LEGO.... It turns out, according to some sources, that there weren't actually bricks thrown during the riot, so please forgive the inaccuracy of including one here. :)
  14. In 2022, I started doing a LEGO series for favorite & famous lesbians that is modeled after existing LEGO sets (particularly like the "Women of NASA" set). Most were created with a mish-mash of minifig parts and other sets; occasionally I made my own decals. One of the first ones that I did was for Martina Navratilova, obvious icon that she is, and set that against a 1984 Wimbledon back drop. Here's M-A-R-T-I-N-A on Display (with BJK, but as an icon she should have her own post too, dontcha think?)
  15. LizzieLou

    Fortune Feimster: Stand Up Comic, Actress

    When I made this one, I called it "Good Fortune" and then saw that it was going to be the title of her latest stand-up. Thrilled! (Also I shared this in a fan group and her mom Ginger saw it and like it. Hah) (gosh, these are so big! well, I hope that's ok.)
  16. LizzieLou

    Dorothy Arzner: Film Director

    Here she is with one of her giant film cameras and an early print of "Dance, Girl, Dance.". And... Action! (ok, so not a lot action, more like: And... Pose!) p.s. Thanks for letting me post my Lego Lesbians over here LESBOTRONIC!
  17. I have watched "Sweet & Salty" SO MANY TIMES. And I laugh my ass off every time. (I think I recognize a lot of my own young self in her stories.) She is one of my FAVORITE comedians. I love her stand-up - I love her podcast - I love her comedic acting chops - I love her game show appearances - I love her ice cream dancing. You know her, you probably love her too, the one and only: Fortune Feimster! She’s all over the place these days and I’m so happy for her:
  18. Martina was one of the first lesbians I ‘knew’ -- long before I knew my own self as a lesbian. She has been out and proud and loud for a long time now, proving herself time and again, in sport and life. (Yeah, that sounds hokey, but it’s true!) She has staunchly faced down critics who didn’t like her because she was ‘too masculine’ or ‘too gay’ and who are coming after her right now as she campaigns to keep women’s sports female (e.g. the “Take Back Title IX” tour) Back in the day, lesbian folk singer Phranc performed the quintessential ode to this icon, M-A-R-T-I-N-A. And this article from The Guardian brought me back when I watched her tennis matches with rapt attention.
  19. Stormé DeLarverie is one of our unsung heroes. She is most associated with the Stonewall riot of 1969, but she was also a groundbreaking entertainer and a fixture of the lesbian scene in NYC. She may not be an 'icon' in the traditional sense, but she is one of my favorites. I have seen some egregious ‘Stormé erasure’ online lately, taking her bravery and activism at the Stonewall riot and assigning it to a drag queen (who may or may not have even been there). So, all the more reason to acknowledge her here! Please take a look at the web resources below to learn a little more about her. Recognition from the National Parks Service. Youtube: "A Stormé Life."
  20. lesbotronic

    Dorothy Arzner: Film Director

    In the first half of the 1900's, Dorothy Arzner was one of the only female directors in Hollywood. I've always been a fan of old movies, and then especially the women who made them and starred in them. Of course, there are a number of interesting articles to be found online if you're interested in more info or film history and criticism. A short write up, with additional links, from UCLA, where she taught in her later years.
  21. lesbotronic

    Tamsyn Muir: Author

    Lesbian Necromancers in Space! Hence, I came to know Tamsyn Muir and ‘Gideon the Ninth’ and host of other characters following in her wake. She has taken humor and horror to a new level with her writing. What a great summer I spent reading ‘The Locked Tomb’ series, as well as a new(ish) short story published on Amazon called “Undercover.” I am very entertained! I thought this was going to be too niche for me to get into it, but was totally pulled in. There was laugher and frights and tears. Gideon is one of the best characters to come around in an age. (I’ve seen her referred to as a ‘lesbian disaster’ and the description is apt.) Surely this isn’t going to be for everyone, but if you’re even a little curious check it out. Sadly her website isn’t up to date there are some interviews and some of her early short stories online.
  22. I was alone in the car with the radio on, driving over the crest of a hill, with the sun shining in a blue sky when I first heard Torres. The song was ‘Don’t Go Puttin Wishes in My Head’ and it brought me to tears. You see, my friend had died recently, and I thought how sad it was that she would never see such a beautiful afternoon again, and how I wouldn’t be able to share this beautiful song with her. And I didn’t even know when I heard that that she was singing about another woman. (Unless I did, subconsciously. Because woo-woo shit like that can happen.) Anyway, I went home and download the whole album (‘Thirstier’) and listened to it constantly for a year, interspersed with highlights from several of her earlier albums. Her latest is called ‘What an Enormous Room.’ Her music is masterful, meaningful. Torreslovesyou* and I love her back. You can start here. *on Instagram
  23. lesbotronic

    Tillie Walden: Author, Artist

    I’m just now getting into Tillie Walden’s graphic novels and memoir. I love her art. I love her storytelling. The first book that I read was ‘On a Sunbeam’. It was magical. And I’m now grabbing up the others when I see them. It’s not the normal thing that I gravitate to, with a lot of her work being clumped under the YA (young adult) genre. However, I myself was a YA at one time and these stories touch upon a kind nostalgia for me (even though I was never a figure skater and I’ve never been to outer space.) – insert age-appropriate emoji here – But I recommend for all without reservation. (And she also has an illustrated Tarot deck that you can order from the UK if you’re into that.) You can see for yourself. Here is her website.
  24. lesbotronic

    Alison Bechdel: Author, Artist

    You’ve probably already heard of ‘Fun Home’ and the Bechdel Test and ‘Dykes to Watch Out For’. Alison Bechdel’s been around for a long time, putting tales of woman and lesbians (herself included) out in front of everyone. ‘Fun Home’ is a fucking masterpiece. What else could I really say about that? (Besides that I haven’t seen the musical and I don’t plan to; that’s not my thing.) I really enjoyed her latest (as of this writing) too called ‘The Secret to Superhuman Strength’ about working out and aging. Hello relevance! I’ve been around for a while too. I was aware of DTWOF when it was current and showing up in my free weeklies and campus papers. I didn’t invest week to week, I confess, and only started reading the strips after they’d been collected in paperback volumes. Even if I didn’t always jive with all the politics or all of the characters, I always thrilled a little just to see the word “Dykes” in print with a positive spin. That was some joy for me in a time when the future seemed uncertain. (Kinda like now, in present day USA in the summer of 2024.) You can find any manner of things online about Alison and her work, but this is the link.
  25. In the last few years I’ve discovered the fictions (short and long) of Sarah Pinsker. Her work is mostly what would be called speculative fiction (and what I tend to think of as ‘sci-fi lite’ – our world, but different). There are dystopias and mysteries, thrillers and hauntings, family dynamics and fun for loners. These works are really imaginative and yet totally relatable. And there is music. She is a musician too -- although I’ll admit I’ve not yet explored this aspect of her available work -- but she often incorporates music (composing, performing, listening) into her stories. It’s also the basis for one of her novels (‘Song for a New Day’). I’m always excited to find work about lesbians/gay women that are written by lesbians/gay women. A number of her short stories are available for free online, like these two: -- There’s a Door to the Land of the Dead in the Land of the Dead -- And Then There Were (N-One) Here is her own website.
  26. lesbotronic

    about this subforum . . . ?

    We decided we needed a subforum to recommend lesbians, not only because that seems like something we should have been doing anyway, but also so these threads would be initiated by lesbotronic and thus permanent. There are other discussions with members recommending, or you can suggest we consider reviewing someone else in here too. We're already planning to recommend more and more lesbians, just as soon as we write about them! 1. We're going to moderate this section for the same reasons already outlined here, but to be super duper clear, our perceived need for moderation is not based on current member behavior, but the possibility this section will attract haters who will sign up just to try to smear some sexism on it. Unfortunately, due to the current state of the "queer community" (sexist, misogynist, generally garbage) we think saying these women are still bold enough to call themselves lesbians and that we're proud of them for doing so may attract "queer" hate. (So don't bother with the sexism, rest of the internet. We shut you down in advance.) 2. We're about as sick of "identifies as" when that phrase describes something notably different than someone's actual life in objective reality as we could possibly be, so even though we know the trendy parlance is "identifies as" a lesbian, we don't want to say it. Even in situations where it still actually makes sense, we're just done. So it's like if I'm introducing her to a group of lesbians, and I say, "This is XX, she's a lesbian too! YAY!" we imagine that would be fine with her, based on something she said/we read/we watched. "Lesbian" as a descriptive term would be deemed acceptable and hopefully not only via several additional paragraphs of postmodernistic rambling. 3. Body of work including something publicly accessible on the internet as at least a meaningful sample that we've enjoyed. Doesn't mean the word "lesbian" has to appear frequently, as maybe her work is about something else? But something we subjectively but still significantly feel should be of interest for reasons we'll share. 4. We might update them later with additional work, or we might forget. If you're aware anyone has done something more recent than what we mentioned feel free to reply and add that yourself!
  27. Aaw. Hafiz definitely has that look that he lowkey gets in trouble and blames it someone else afterwards.
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