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Digital Subscriptions > Curve > Spring 2018 > Lesbian Spaces Are Not Just a Phase

Lesbian Spaces Are Not Just a Phase

But do we love our community enough to save it?


Phase 1 was the nation’s oldest lesbian bar and the last remaining lesbian bar in Washington, D.C. It closed its doors for good in the winter of 2016 and, unfortunately, this happened well before I turned 21. The closing of Phase 1 was certainly sad for many people my age, but it did not leave a hole in our hearts or in our social calendars the way it likely did for older lesbians. It would be near impossible to miss something we never got to experience. Last year, I took a class in lesbian history, which focused on some of the history of lesbian businesses and communities. I started to notice when lesbian businesses continued to close down across the nation and realized that Phase 1 was not shut down by mere coincidence. Lesbian businesses, bars, cafes, and bookstores are closing all over the country.

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About Curve

Spring is the perfect time for new beginnings, a fresh approach, and inspiring ideas to sustain us for the rest of the year. And so we’re very pleased to present the official relaunch issue of Curve! We hope you enjoy the new look—and the new quality—which makes reading the magazine in print even more enjoyable than it was before. We couldn’t think of a better person to grace our cover this issue than Cate Blanchett, star of our favorite lesbian movie, Carol. Plus, we have interviews with rising songstress Lauren Ruth Ward, the legendary Nona Hendryx, and insight from out political analyst Masha Gessen. We also focus on fitness, well-being, interior design, and style—and we welcome travel partner Olivia to share their upcoming vacations and adventures with us. Enjoy!