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Make Oregon State #18 to Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

Tuesday May 20, 2014

I have to admit, it's been hard to sit here in Oregon and watch state after state legalize same-sex marriage, when I knew my state was one of the ones with a Constitutional Ban on against it. But finally today, a federal judge has ruled that to ban same-sex couples from marrying violates their constitutional rights. Yay Oregon!

© Heidi Buehler

Scissr: Lesbian Web Series

Thursday May 15, 2014

I can't believe how excited I am about this new lesbian web series. Out actress Lauren Augarten has assembled a cast of hot lesbian and queer actresses to star in this new drama. The four women meet one night over an iPhone app and the rest is history. I talked to Lauren about the creation of the series, where she hopes it ends up and if that one scene was inspired by reading Lesbian Life....

Same-Sex Marriage in the Bible Belt and Beyond

Thursday May 15, 2014

Ever since the US Supreme court overturned DOMA last summer,  state after state has overturned voter-approved bans on gay marriage. In recent months, judges have struck down laws prohibiting same-sex marriage in five states. Idaho and Arkansas join the ranks this week.

Although there will be challenges likely in both states, we are inching forward, little by little to a country in which every state allows people to marry whomever they please. Now isn't that American?

Gay marriage in the Bible Belt? What the ruling in Arkansas means.

Same-Sex Marriage in Idaho? You Bet!

Rocked by Women with Sarah Bush

Wednesday May 7, 2014

Sarah BushThis weekend in San Francisco something special will be taking place. Dancer Sarah Bush and her company will be performing Sarah's tribute to women's culture and music with her Rocked by Women performance. I had the opportunity to interview Sarah about how the world of women's music influenced her growing up and how it helped her come out as a teenager. Now she pays homage to those who blazed the path for her and so many others. If you are in San Francisco this weekend, go--take your moms and your sisters--to see Sarah Bush, Rocked by Women.

Friday - Sunday, May 9 - 11, 2014
Dance Mission Theater, San Francisco

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Introducing Mrs & Mrs Jodie Foster

Sunday May 4, 2014

 Jodie Foster Alexandra HedisonJodie Foster's new wife may be a new face to most of the world, but lesbians and L Word fans will recognize Alexandra Hedison who played sexy Dylan Moreland, the filmmaker who broke Helena's heart in the popular lesbian series. Photographer and actress Alexandra Hedison also dated Ellen DeGeneres for a few years. Now's she's tied the knot with recently out actress Jodie Foster. Congratulations to this new lesbian power couple.

6 Ways to Sabotage Your Relationship

Sunday April 27, 2014

unhappy face.Earlier this week I talked about 6 ways to make your relationship awesome. Today I've got 6 ways to really screw it up. Beware of these 6 ways to sabotage your relationship.

6 Relatively Simple Things that will make your Relationship Awesome

Monday April 21, 2014

It's the little things that matter, right? Well here are six little things that you can do in your relationship to make a BIG difference. Why not do all six this week?

© Kati Gardner

Lesbian Dating Just for Femmes

Sunday April 6, 2014

Where can I meet femme lesbians for dating? It's one of the most common questions I'm asked. Today I am happy to share with you about a lesbian dating site for and by femme lesbians. I had the chance to sit and chat with Juliette Prais the founder and CEO of Pink Lobster Dating.

Coming Out to Your Children

Monday March 31, 2014

coming out to children

Dear Lesbian Life:
I have been in my lesbian relationship for going on 3 years.  My son is almost 9 and my daughter is 7 1/2.  They love my girlfriend.  They know we love each other but we have not told them any detail.  We have been very gradual with how much time we all spend together over the years.  Lately, we have been feeling as though we would like to progress our relationship and within the next year or so, move in together.  She has been spending more time with us and we have been doing sleepovers.  My kids are always asking when will she move in with us to which my response has always been "these things take time :)".

My ex has been fairly supportive of our relationship and knows that we need to sit down and have a discussion with our kids about my life, so that we can progress.  I am wondering if you have any information that you could share with me about coming out to my children?

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Updates on Marriage Equality

Sunday March 30, 2014

couple married in MichiganIt's been a good week for marriage equality. As of today, March 29, 2014, same-sex couples can get legally married in England and Wales, bringing the number of countries to legalize same-sex marriage to 16.

And in Michigan a Federal judge overturned Michigan's ban on same-sex marriage on Friday, March 21, 2014. Approximately 300 couples were married on Saturday before a the Court of Appeals put a stay on the ceremonies. Although Michigan is not yet recognizing the marriages, the federal government will.
"These families will be eligible for all relevant federal benefits on the same terms as other same-sex marriages," said Attorney General Eric Holder. Holder's decision is similar to one in Utah, where more than 1,000 same-sex couples were legally married before the U. S. Supreme Court issued a stay on a lower court ruling same-sex marriage legal.

A couple signs their marriage license after marrying in Pontiac, Michigan/© Bill Pugliano/Getty Images

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