Lesbian Visibility Month!

Lesbian Visibility Month is Back for April 2024!

After a well-received Lesbian Visibility Week series of events in 2023, the LBA has expanded Lesbian Visibility to fill the entire month of April in 2024. 

Columbus OH  After our successful first Lesbian Visibility Week in 2023, Lesbians Benefitting the Arts (LBA) is sponsoring an entire month of events in April, 2024! 

Join us for a month-long journey of celebrating and uplifting lesbian lives and voices through music, film, writing, dance, workshops, arts, sports and much more.

Event Quick Takes!

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for more details on each event!

Sat. April 13

Everything You Ever Wanted to Ask a Mechanic & More Workshop 10am 

Chris Cozad, owner of Alternative Auto Care, will guide you through proper car maintenance. 

Please email kaylacardenas@gmail.com to request an interpreter a week ahead of this event if one is required.

Location: Alternative Auto Care, 136 W 5th Ave, Columbus, OH 43201

Free but pre-registration is required

Click HERE to register on Eventbrite!

For more information, join the Facebook event page HERE!

Sat. April 13

Lesbian Visibility Movie Night!  7pm

“Don’t Break Up Over Text” and “In Her Words: 20th Century Lesbian Fiction” will be shown.

Location: Boxland Media, 6155 Huntley Rd, Columbus, OH

Tickets: $10

Click HERE to buy tickets on Eventbrite!

For more information, join the Facebook event page HERE!

Sun. April 14

Lesbians & Cancer workshop 1pm

Two-hour workshop about how cancer affects us, our partners, and our Lesbian communities.

Please email kaylacardenas@gmail.com to request an interpreter a week ahead of this event if one is required. 

Location: Stonewall Columbus, 1160 N High St, Columbus OH 43201

For more information, join the Facebook event page HERE!

Sat. April 20

Considering Country Living workshop 2pm 

Learn about rural living with members of SuBAMUH board.  

Please email kaylacardenas@gmail.com to request an interpreter a week ahead of this event if one is required.

Location: Driving Park Library, 1422 E Livingston Ave. Columbus OH  43205

Free, pre-registration required

Please RSVP to christyf@ohiolba.org, space is limited to 12 attendees.

For more information, join the Facebook event page HERE!

Sat. April 20

Lesbian Visibility Dance at Slammers   8pm – 1am

Come celebrate and be celebrated with community and dance the night way!

No Cover!  Location: Slammers, 202 E Long St, Columbus OH

Sun. April 21

Lesbian Visibility Month Picnic   noon – 6pm

Bring a picnic and join in the fun! Kickball, fireplace, games, hiking, and lesbian community. 

Please email kaylacardenas@gmail.com to request an interpreter a week ahead of this event if one is required.

Location: Highbanks Metro Park, Mansion Shelterhouse, 9466 Columbus Pike, Lewis Center, OH

Join the Facebook event HERE!

Fri. April 26

e. nina jay Poetry Reading and Open Mic   7pm

e. nina jay will be reading her poetry followed by an open mic poetry reading. Bring your work.

ASL interpreters will be provided

Location: Stonewall Columbus, 1160 N. High St.

Tickets: $10, sliding scale

Click HERE to buy tickets on Eventbrite!

For more information, join the Facebook event page HERE!

Sat. April 27

“Lez Celebrate!” live music, vendors, trivia, art cars & more at Eldorado’s   1-6pm

Featuring Kelly Vaughn, Kitchen Table Players, Made of the Mist, Donna Mogavero & Whitley Trusler. 

Please email kaylacardenas@gmail.com to request an interpreter a week ahead of this event if one is required.

Location: Eldorado’s Food & Spirits, 4968 N High St, Columbus, OH 43214

For more information, join the Facebook event page HERE!

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Thurs. April 4 Pen & Paper workshop, 6:30 pm

Pen & Paper workshop 6:30 pm

Immersive Creative Writing, Drawing & Reading with Live Illustration by Jessie Scrimager Galloway & Charlotte Belland.

Location: Bleu & Fig, 4622 North High Street, Columbus OH 43214

Free, but you must pre-register to attend. RSVP: mjquick59@yahoo.com

Immersive Creative Writing & Drawing Workshop and Book Reading with Live Illustration by Jessie Scrimager Galloway & Charlotte Belland.
Embark on a journey of creativity and literary magic with our immersive Creative Writing & Drawing Workshop, seamlessly blending artistic expression and connection. All ages and experience levels welcome. Join us for an inspiring 1-hour workshop and prepare to dive into the soul-stirring world of poetry during a thought provoking 30-minute Book Reading. Alongside the unveiling of a captivating poetry collection, “not my daughter”, by
Jessie Scrimager Galloway, witness the magic of simultaneous live illustration by the incredibly talented Charlotte Belland to elevate the experience.
But the adventure doesn’t end there! Explore exclusive merchandise, grab your copy of “not my daughter” hot off the press, and seize the chance to have it personally signed by the author. This is not just an event; it’s a celebration of creativity, storytelling, and
the power of artistic connection in the lesbian community. Join us for an evening that transcends the ordinary and leaves you inspired.
Time: 6:30-8:30, Doors open @ 6 pm
Presenter: Jessie Scrimager Galloway, Poet
Charlotte Belland, Illustrator-Animator
Complementary parking is available for our event space guests to park in at 6pm or after, located just south of Bleu & Fig next to Eagle Family Candy. There is also free neighborhood street parking available on Garden Rd, Weisheimer, & Beaumont. Please note that parking is not allowed in the small parking lot behind our building.
This is a free event, but RSVP is necessary. 50 available seats.
Please RSVP: mjquick59@yahoo.com
Thanks to Brooke Kinsey, Lisa Zellner and Marianne Steger for sponsoring this event.
Please email kaylacardenas@gmail.com to request an interpreter a week ahead of this event if one is required.

Join the Facebook event page HERE!

Fri. April 5 First Friday Dyke Hike 10am

First Friday Dyke Hike 10am  

Let’s come together at Inniswood Metro Gardens and enjoy this scenic nature preserve and the beauty of emerging spring buds and flowers.

Location: Inniswood Metro Gardens, 940 Hempstead Road, Westerville OH 43081

Let’s come together at Inniswood Metro Gardens and enjoy this scenic nature preserve and the beauty of emerging spring buds and flowers.
Wanting lunch? We plan to gather at Can’t Believe It’s Vegan for lunch.

Please email kaylacardenas@gmail.com to request an interpreter a week ahead of this event if one is required.

Join the Facebook event page HERE!

Fri. April 5 "Once A Fury" documentary & panel discussion, 7pm

Screening “Once A Fury” documentary followed by a discussion with original Furies: Ginny Berson & Sharon Deevey 

ASL interpreters will be provided

Location: Stonewall Columbus, 1160 N. High St., Columbus OH 43201

Tickets: $10, sliding scale

Click HERE to buy tickets on Eventbrite!

Join the Facebook event page HERE!

ONCE A FURY
In 1971, twelve young, D.C. lesbian-separatist activists came together and formed a collective, writing a nationally distributed feminist newspaper called The Furies. Sharing their home, loves, children, and work, and intent on starting a revolution and seizing state power, the collective was intense and short-lived, breaking up in less than two years. Yet, what they wrote shaped and influenced our feminist and lesbian communities and institutions for the next fifty years. Many of The Furies are familiar names to lesbians, such as Ginny Berson, Rita Mae Brown, Columbusite Sharon Deevey, JEB, and Charlotte Bunch.
On the heels of Women’s Herstory Month, join us as we view Jacqueline Rhodes’ 2020 documentary profiling members of the collective, Once a Fury, to be followed with a panel discussion, featuring two of the original Furies, Ginny Berson and Sharon Deevey, as they discuss their thoughts on their time in The Furies.
This Lesbian Visibility Month Event sponsored by Lesbians Benefitting the Arts (LBA) and Stonewall Columbus.
Friday, April 5, 2024, at 7:00 p.m.
Stonewall Columbus, 1160 N. High St., Columbus, Ohio
Sliding fee scale, all are welcome!
Sat. April 6 "Olivia on the Record" book reading & discussion, 1pm

“Olivia on the Record” book reading & discussion 1pm

“Olivia on the Record: A Radical Experiment in Women’s Music”, Ginny Berson will be reading from her book followed by a Q&A

ASL interpreters will be provided

Location: Stonewall Columbus, 1160 N. High St., Columbus OH 43201

Join the Facebook event page HERE!

Olivia on the Record: A Radical Experiment in Women’s Music
Former Furies lesbian activist Ginny Berson was one of the original founders of Olivia Records, a national women’s record company, created in 1973 by a collective of radical lesbian feminists.
She offers us her personal take on what those times were like, revisiting the excitement, the humor, and the hardships of creating a fair and equitable lesbian-feminist business model—one
that had no precedent.
Berson will provide us with a front row seat to the collective “processing” that produced and distributed lesbian records and introduces us to the first generation of fans to experience women’s music as lesbian liberation. If you love Lesbian music, you will not want to miss this!
This Lesbian Visibility event is sponsored by Lesbians Benefitting the Arts (LBA) and Stonewall Columbus

Sun. April 7 Pickleball Basics for Beginners, 12pm

!!!!!SOLD OUT!!!!!

Lou Peters will lead a class for beginners to understand the basics of pickleball.

Location: Pickle & Chill, 880 W Henderson Road, Columbus OH

RSVP at: smilingdog_lp@yahoo.com Cost: $25/person *all equipment will be supplied. 

Join the Facebook event page HERE!

What’s all the hype?
Never played pickleball?
Curious but intimidated?
Played but confused?
What’s a dink?
Get pickled with Lou Peters! As a recreational pickleball player, Lou will lead a class for beginners to understand the basics! You are never too old to play a new game.
Please RSVP to Lou at: smilingdog_lp@yahoo.com
COST: $25/person *all equipment will be supplied. Minimum of 4, maximum of 12 slots. (will be canceled if there isn’t a minimum of 4)
Please email kaylacardenas@gmail.com to request an interpreter a week ahead of this event if one is required.
Sat. April 13 Everything You Ever Wanted to Ask a Mechanic & More Workshop, 10am

Chris Cozad, owner of Alternative Auto Care, will guide you through proper car maintenance. 

Location: Alternative Auto Care, 136 W 5th Ave, Columbus, OH 43201

Free but pre-registration is required

Click HERE to register on Eventbrite!

Join the Facebook event page HERE!

Who do I trust and how do I know?
When do I need maintenance and why?
How do I talk to my mechanic?
How do I find a used car worth buying?
How do I protect my investment, and work with my budget?
Out Lesbian business owner, ASE Master Technician, and 40+ year owner of Alternative Auto Care, Chris Cozad will share her insight and experience. An under hood walk and talk will help you learn your way around an engine compartment. She will guide you through proper maintenance information (not just what is in your owner’s manual). Learn how to make your “baby” last and know when it is time to move on. Tips, tricks, and answers to YOUR questions.
DON’T Wear White!!
Come Prepared to Learn a Little.
Come Prepared to Have Fun!
Space is limited to 20 – pre-registration requested.
This Lesbian Visibility Month event is sponsored by Alternative Auto Care and Lesbians Benefitting the Arts (LBA) 
Please email kaylacardenas@gmail.com to request an interpreter a week ahead of this event if one is required.
Sat. April 13 Lesbian Visibility Movie Night! 7pm

“Don’t Break Up Over Text” and “In Her Words: 20th Century Lesbian Fiction” will be shown.

Location: Boxland Media, 6155 Huntley Rd, Columbus, OH

Tickets: $10

Click HERE to buy tickets on Eventbrite!

Join the Facebook event page HERE!

Join us for an evening of lesbian-made films!
Doors open at 7pm, films begin at 7:45pm
Tickets are $10/person.
https://www.eventbrite.com/…/lesbian-visibility-movie…
Snacks & drinks will be available for purchase.
Our first film is “Don’t Break Up Over Text”.
College student, Ricara, makes every attempt to smoke a blunt and get a free meal before midterms, but after her friend, LaTonya, sends a tactless breakup text to their mutual friend, this sticky-icky Saturday proves more icky than any of them expected.
Running time: 17 minutes
Genre: Comedy
Writer & Producers: Shawntai Brown and Alesyn McCall of Black LGBT+ Plays
https://blacklgbtplays.carrd.co/
Our second film is “In Her Words: 20th Century Lesbian Fiction”.
This is a feature documentary examining the history and impact of lesbian fiction from the 1920s through the 1990s. Narrated by LGBTQ+ historian Lillian Faderman and illuminated through interviews with trailblazers like Jewelle Gomez (The Gilda Stories), Dorothy Allison (Bastard Out of Carolina), and Sarah Waters (Tipping the Velvet), In Her Words: 20th Century Lesbian Fiction charts a literary journey from post-war lesbian pulp to modern bestsellers.
Highlighting the successful and controversial, directors Lisa Marie Evans and Marianne K. Martin skillfully delve into stories that defined eras of lesbian writers, and the changing socio-political landscapes that encouraged an evolution of the genre. In Her Words: 20th Century Lesbian Fiction pays loving tribute to this evolution of lesbian and queer fiction, told through a lens of broader American history.
Running time: 99 minutes
Genre: Documentary
Writers & Producers: Lisa Marie Evans, Marianne K Martin, Cheryl Pletcher, and Sandra Moran
www.inherwordsthefilm.com
“In Her Words: 20th Century Lesbian Fiction” is sponsored tonight by Women of the Revolution (WOTR) www.womenoftherev.com
Sun. April 14 Lesbians & Cancer workshop, 1pm

Two-hour workshop about how cancer affects us, our partners, and our Lesbian communities. 

Location: Stonewall Columbus, 1160 N High St, Columbus OH 43201

Join the Facebook event page HERE!

Most Lesbians have been touched by cancer, either personally or through partners or friends. Come empower yourself by attending this two-hour workshop about how cancer affects us, our partners, and our Lesbian communities; find info and support; discuss ongoing challenges; learn Lesbian risk factors; share personal stories; and get your questions answered.
This Lesbian Visibility Week Workshop is sponsored by Lesbians Benefitting the Arts and Stonewall Columbus.
Please email kaylacardenas@gmail.com to request an interpreter a week ahead of this event if one is required.
Sat. April 20 Considering Country Living workshop, 2pm

Learn about rural living with members of SuBAMUH board.  

Location: Driving Park Library, 1422 E Livingston Ave. Columbus OH  43205

Free, pre-registration required

Please RSVP to christyf@ohiolba.org, space is limited to 12 attendees.

Join the Facebook event page HERE!

Rural Living – Practical Skills – Homesteading – Self Reliance
Members of the current SuBAMUH Board of Directors – Sabra, Michelle and Christy – will discuss living at a women’s intentional living community in rural Athens County, Ohio.
SuBAMUH (Susan B. Anthony Memorial Unrest Home) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization governed by a female Board of Directors. It was founded in 1979 by Jan Griesinger and her partner Mary Morgan. SuBAMUH is a 151-acre women’s land trust and conservation area, maintained by a small community of women. We work to protect and preserve the sacred land. We foster the respectful treatment of domesticated and wild animals, while providing a natural habitat for wildlife (e.g. Monarch Waystation). We aim to learn skills and share knowledge not traditionally obtainable by women, while advocating for women’s freedom to determine how to live their own lives.
This Lesbian Visibility workshop is sponsored by Lesbians Benefitting the Arts (LBA) and SuBAMUH.
Please RSVP to christyf@ohiolba.org, space is limited to 12 attendees.
Please email kaylacardenas@gmail.com to request an interpreter a week ahead of this event if one is required.
Sat. April 20 Lesbian Visibility Dance at Slammers, 8pm - 1am

 

Come celebrate and be celebrated with community and dance the night way!

No Cover!  Location: Slammers, 202 E Long St, Columbus OH

Sun. April 21 Lesbian Visibility Month Picnic, noon - 6pm

Bring a picnic and join in the fun! Kickball, fireplace, games, hiking, and lesbian community. 

Location: Highbanks Metro Park, Mansion Shelterhouse, 9466 Columbus Pike, Lewis Center, OH

Join the Facebook event HERE!

Join other women for a picnic and fun at the Mansion Shelter House at Highbanks Metro Park, 9466 Columbus Pike, Lewis Center, OH!
– Noon until 6pm.
– Bring your own picnic food and drinks.
– Make sure to keep your food on ice in a cooler.
– Please bring your own reusable plates, silverware, napkins and water bottle. There are picnic tables in the shelter house but bringing your own folding chair is encouraged.
– There will be a fireplace to gather around if the day is chilly
– There will be a kickball game, a hike, a euchre tournament, a plenty of opportunities to chat and meet other women.
– If you want to bring snacks to share with the other attendees please make sure your contributions do not require refrigeration.
– Alcohol is not allowed.
Please email kaylacardenas@gmail.com to request an interpreter a week ahead of this event if one is required.
Fri. April 26 e. nina jay Poetry Reading and Open Mic, 7pm

e. nina jay will be reading her poetry followed by an open mic poetry reading. Bring your work.

ASL interpreters will be provided

Location: Stonewall Columbus, 1160 N. High St.

Tickets: $10, sliding scale

Click HERE to buy tickets on Eventbrite!

Join the Facebook event page HERE!

e. nina jay describes herself as “a Black, Lesbian, Womon, Writer who uses poetry as a tool of survival and to break silences around all forms of violence against gurls and womyn, with particular focus on the intersections of race, sexuality, and poverty.”
Performing at the Ohio Lesbian Festival, The National Women’s Music Festival, Black Women Rise, Big Mouth Girl Fest, and Cinema Systers, this Chicago native breaks silences and unravels shame,
connecting to her audience in a way that allows them a place to live, to be honest, to be uncomfortable, a place to be whole.
After the reading, e. nina will host an Open Mic Poetry Reading. Bring your own truths and tales, poems and stories, and let’s revel in Lesbian creativity and Lesbian voices!
This Lesbian Visibility Event is sponsored by Lesbians Benefitting the Arts (LBA) and Stonewall Columbus.
Friday, April 26, 2024, at 7:00 p.m.
Stonewall Columbus, 1160 N. High St.
Sliding fee scale, all are welcome, https://www.eventbrite.com/…/e-nina-jay-poetry-reading… 
Sat. April 27 "Lez Celebrate!" live music, vendors, trivia, art cars & more at Eldorado's, 1-6pm

Featuring Kelly Vaughn, Kitchen Table Players, Made of the Mist, Donna Mogavero & Whitley Trusler. 

Location: Eldorado’s Food & Spirits, 4968 N High St, Columbus, OH 43214

Join the Facebook event page HERE!

Lez Celebrate!
Lesbians Benefitting the Arts (LBA) is partnering with Eldorado’s Food & Spirits to bring you a Lesbian Visibility Month Celebration!
Live music with Kelly Vaughn, Kitchen Table Players, Made of the Mist, Donna Mogavero and Whitley Trusler.
There will also be:
– Art Car Action
– Lesbian Trivia with prizes, hosted by Mary B.
– Vendors including Robin Gilbert Jewelry, Free Beer Tomorrow, and Women of the Revolution Mobile Bookstore.
– Sneak preview clips from the Summit Station Documentary
This Lesbian Visibility Month event is sponsored by Eldorado’s and Lesbians Benefitting the Arts (LBA).
All are welcome!
Please email kaylacardenas@gmail.com to request an interpreter a week ahead of this event if one is required.
Lesbian Visibility Month!

2022 Ohio Lesbian Festival

2022 Ohio Lesbian Festival

The Board of Lesbians Benefitting the Arts are saddened to announce that the Ohio Lesbian Festival will not be happening this year. Despite our best efforts to locate a suitable venue and amenities, we acknowledge that it is no longer a realistic expectation that we can produce an event safely and with the level of professionalism that our attendees have come to expect.

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Lesbian Health & Wellness Fair

Lesbian Health & Wellness Fair

Join the Equitas Health Institute, Lesbians Benefitting the Arts (LBA), and Stonewall Columbus for a day of nurturing, healing, and self-care.• Workshops on menopause, family planning, sexual health, and aging.• Healers and experts in shiatsu, reiki, yoga, mindfulness, primary care, and more.• Lunch and entertainment!***Childcare will be provided***For more information, please check out our...

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Celebrating Transformation

Celebrating Transformation

Lesbians Benefitting the Arts (LBA) presents “Celebrating Transformation,” An Art Show Featuring Women Artists Celebrating Black History & Women’s History Months Columbus, OH   LBA is proud to host a diverse group of 15 local women artists for an art show to celebrate Women’s History, Black History and Transformation.  The Art Show will open in the gallery at Stonewall Center on...

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Lesbians Benefitting the Arts (LBA)  is a not-for-profit, 100 % volunteer driven organization.  We are the producers of the Ohio Lesbian Festival which celebrated its 30-year anniversary in 2019.  It is our mission to support and promote lesbians and work to build a global womyn’s community that honors and celebrates ALL Womyn.  We produce events and promote artistic and entrepreneurial endeavors.  We are committed to creating and holding space for womyn to express, empower and explore.  We believe that womyn together are a force that has, does, and will continue to change the world with passion, love and persistence.

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2022 Ohio Lesbian Festival

2022 Ohio Lesbian Festival

The Board of Lesbians Benefitting the Arts are saddened to announce that the Ohio Lesbian Festival will not be happening this year. Despite our best efforts to locate a suitable venue and amenities, we acknowledge that it is no longer a realistic expectation that we can produce an event safely and with the level of professionalism that our attendees have come to expect.

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