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The Mother of All Festivals

Reporting back from the third year of MOTHERSHIP.


Do you like lesbians and thirst for intersectional enlightenment? How about camping and live music? Workshops and a fully stocked bar? MOTHERSHIP, in the Indio Valley, is the festival for you. Founded by Los Angeles-based therapist Laura Wise three years ago, MOTHERSHIP has seen remarkable growth, and this year attracted over 400 attendees from the United States and Canada.

MOTHERSHIP took place in a picturesque private campground at the base of the Indio Mountains, October 13-15. The large property provided ample space for tent and RV camping. Alongside our makeshift women’s village was a circular center with activities, food and drink tents, and a small stage for nighttime musical performances. The effect was open and welcoming. “Everyone was so happy to be there, the excitement was contagious,” said Cailin, 30, a volunteer from L.A.

At night, the lights of the festival twinkled merrily beneath a perfectly starry night, as excited women passed to and from the bar and the dance floor, the music boomed just loudly enough, and the feeling of warm possibility seemed to dissolve the reticence of even the shiest participants. This easy joy and welcoming spirit is MOTHERSHIP’s greatest accomplishment. “That’s something I love about the event, it brings new people together who would otherwise never meet. I have already begun to see collaborations that arose from the event, and that’s what it’s about— connection and support amongst women,” said Wise.

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About Curve

Welcome to the new Curve! We’ve listened to your feedback and we’ve responded to your sugges-tions with a re-launch of America’s best-loved magazine for LGBTQ women and their friends. Curve is going quarterly to provide you with a quality reading expe-rience to fit your precious leisure time in this digital age. You’ll still find inside each issue the in-depth features and interviews that provide a deeper understanding of LGBTQ and allied culture, as well as the beautiful images that confirm our diversity in its myriad forms.