Join us on Saturday, December 1st from 7PM – 9:30PM at the Bureau of General Services-Queer Division in celebrating the launch of LSTW Issue 3!
Published annually, LSTW is an intimate exploration of lesbian communities across Canada. The bilingual print magazine, based in Montreal, Quebec, celebrates diverse and authentic queer voices from coast to coast to coast.
Meet founder & publisher Florence Gagnon and other members of the Lez Spread The Word team to discuss the creation of the magazine, and its third issue, which includes: An in-depth profile of Emmy-winning writer, producer and actor Lena Waithe. Other highlights include an investigation into conversion therapy in Canada today, a conversation between Muslim writers of color Fariha Róisín and Samra Habib, a photo essay about Mexico City Pride and a look at how virtual reality is queering the porn industry.
The 230-page magazine is the result of efforts by more than 20 women keen to bring about positive change. Working from a desire to broaden access to LGBTQ+ communities, lstw honors role models, promotes diversity and shines a spotlight on lesbian culture in a new way.
+ beauty bar at the event by @fluidebeauty!
Suggested donation of $10 to benefit the Bureau. No one turned away for lack of funds.
lstw‘s appeal transcends borders. The magazine is distributed in over 20 cities across North America and Europe, with key retail sites that include Casa Bosques Mexico City, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, magCulture London, Athenaeum Nieuwscentrum Amsterdam, Artbook @ Hauser & Wirth LA, and McNally Jackson Books and Artbook @ MoMA PS1 in New York.
Launched in Montreal in 2012, Lez Spread the Word is an LGBTQ+ organization devoted to producing content by and for queer women. Its first project was an eponymous news and entertainment website, followed by the awardwinning web series Féminin/Féminin, which aired on Radio-Canada in Quebec and France Télévisions in Europe, and through Amazon and Hulu in the United States. A dramedy that looks at the intersecting lives of a dozen or so queer characters, Féminin/Féminin recently wrapped its second season. Other notable initiatives include the bimonthly party Où sont les femmes?; #12, a beer co-created with Montreal’s Brasserie Harricana; and the sold-out play Coco. In the fall of 2016, Lez Spread the Word published the first issue of lstw, a bilingual print magazine committed to fighting queer invisibility.