Volume 31 #1

Authors of Our Own Stories

I am not the only queer person who feels some distaste every June as, overnight, countless billboards, storefronts, bar menus, and my entire social media become saturated with the latest Pride content. Ten years ago, I would have never believed that powerful white-led corporations would willingly wave the rainbow flag…
June 2021
Volume 31 #1

Meet The Curve Foundation’s New Executive Director

Jasmine Sudarkasa is six feet tall with a star that’s been rising for some time. She tells us she comes from “many generations of very tall, very strong, very dark-skinned Black women, and there's a lot of power in that identity, but there's also a lot of danger in that…
June 2021
Updated, Archive Volume 27 #2 & 3

Pride In Politics: How a Curve columnist carried forward 30 years of herstory

For many women, lesbian identity is inherently political. Women loving women strikes a blow against misogyny and is one way of challenging the compulsory heterosexuality of the patriarchy. “Lesbian” is a minority identity, and it often intersects with other marginal identities. Curve’s long-time columnist Victoria A. Brownworth was deeply influenced…
Original article June & Apr/May 2017
Volume 31 #1

Curve Comes Home

Franco Stevens came on the Bay Area scene in the late-1980s, eager to immerse herself in the lesbian community she knew existed there. She went to A Different Light bookstore in the Castro looking for a magazine that would connect her to San Francisco’s vibrant lesbian scene only to be told that no such publication existed. She took a job at this same bookstore, and met other women hungry for the same sort of magazine…

April 2021
Updated, Archive Volume 3 #6

The Iconic Melissa Etheridge

There is perhaps no other celebrity who is as iconic in our community as Melissa Etheridge. We looked to her to see how it was done. Somehow she managed to remain true to herself while becoming a super-famous rockstar, all the while singing about loving another woman in all its heartrending glory…

Original article December 1993
Updated, Archive Volume 4 #2

From The Soul: Meshell Ndegeocello

Meshell Ndegeocello landed on the April 1994 cover of Deneuve magazine just two years into a musical career that has seen her showered with critical acclaim, 10 Grammy nominations, and credit for sparking the neo-soul music movement. The wide-ranging, explosive, unapologetic, and joyful cover story helped set…

Original article April 1994
Volume 31 #1

Premiere In A Pandemic

Shivering at 4 a.m. in an empty, dusty parking lot at a California drive-in theater was not how we expected to spend the day before the world premiere of our film Ahead of the Curve. A sky streaked with salmon and gold told us we had 20 minutes before the sun came up to solve a vicious sound problem. It was just the latest in a round of strange new moments for us as independent filmmakers, figuring out film distribution during a pandemic…

April 2021
Updated, Archive Volume 6 #3

The Queen Of Butch: Lea Delaria

Question: What does a lesbian bring on a second date? Answer: A U-Haul. Most Curve readers would remember the first time they heard that joke, and it was probably around the same time they heard of stand-up comic Lea DeLaria — because Lea wrote that joke and regularly performed it…
Original article June 1996
Updated, Archive Volume 4 #6

Jewelle In The Crown

The women who gravitated towards Curve were often so unique and multitalented that it was entirely possible a lesbian might be both the subject of one article — and the author of another! Jewelle Gomez is one such lesbian…

Original article December 1994
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