|Executive Director||Margy Lesher|
|Publisher||Elsie Publishing Institute|
|Based in||East Lansing, Michigan|
Lesbian Connection (LC ) is a grassroots network forum "for, by and about lesbians". Founded in 1974 by the lesbian-feminist collective Ambitious Amazons, the magazine is run by the Elsie Publishing Institute, a Michigan-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation. In 2016, its total revenue was $520,406. Lesbian Connection is published bimonthly and although it has a suggested yearly subscription, it is notable for offering it on a sliding scale basis (asking for flexible donations based on each subscriber's ability to pay). LC is made available to incarcerated women, and mailed free of charge upon request to those unable to make a financial contribution.
A unique aspect of LC is the fact that its content is largely submitted by its readers. News and announcements of interest to the lesbian community include current affairs, places to live, travel, women's music festivals, womyn's land, special events, gatherings, reviews, and obituaries. It features special topics, reprints of the comic strip Dykes to Watch Out For, and an annual "Contact Dykes" international list of lesbians who volunteer to provide information about their hometowns to other women. It does not publish fiction, personal ads, or requests for pen pals.
Lesbian Connection was instrumental in the building of national spiritual, political and social networks for lesbians.
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