Lesbian Connection

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Lesbian Connection
Lesbian Connection (magazine cover).jpg
Executive DirectorMargy Lesher
CategoriesLesbian
FrequencyBimonthly
Circulation20,000[1]
PublisherElsie Publishing Institute
FounderAmbitious Amazons
Year founded1974
CountryUSA
Based inEast Lansing, Michigan
Websitelconline.org
ISSN1081-3217
OCLC10734023

Lesbian Connection (LC ) is a grassroots network forum "for, by and about lesbians". Founded in 1974[2][3] by the lesbian-feminist collective Ambitious Amazons,[1] 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.[4] Lesbian Connection is published bimonthly[3] 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.[5] 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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  1. ^ a b Whitt, Jan (2008). Women in American Journalism: A New History. Urbana: University of Illinois Press. pp. 163–165. ISBN 978-0-252-07556-8.
  2. ^ "Women's Magazines". Schlesinger Library. Harvard University. Retrieved October 19, 2015.
  3. ^ a b "Feminist Magazines". Feminist Majority Foundation. Retrieved October 27, 2015.
  4. ^ "Elsie Publishing Institute". Nonprofit Explorer. ProPublica. 2018. Retrieved 26 April 2019.
  5. ^ Zimmerman, Bonnie (ed.) (2000). "Lesbian Connection, by Laurie J. Baker". Lesbian Histories and Cultures: An Encyclopedia, Volume 1. New York; London: Garland Publishing. p. 455. ISBN 978-0-8153-1920-7.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)

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