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Friday, May 24, 2024 4:00 – 5:30 pm (ET)
How to be an Effective Ally

  • What does it mean to be an ally? 
  • Do I know the local indigenous community? 
  • What information do I need to know to be an effective ally. 
  • Why do I want to be ally?

Wednesday, May 22, 2024 3:00pm (ET)
Confronting Sexism: The Old Woman in My Mirror
Reflecting on my aging self. Please have a photo of your younger self to share.

Lesbian Connection [LC]: A national dialogue
Tuesday, May 21, 2024, 3:00-5:00 pm (ET), noon-2 pm (PT)

A panel of collective members from Lesbian Connection will consider these questions and more. 

  • How did LC magazine get started?  
  • Lesbian and feminist collectives were the way 50 years ago, but most are now long gone.  How has LC managed to stay a collective after all these years? 
  • Lesbian feminism has had plenty of controversies. How have you managed to balance/survive them while presenting the opinions and feelings of both sides? 
  • What topics are you most proud of handling?  Any you wish you’d handled better or avoided entirely?
  • Q&A – Audience input

End White Dominance: Police Structure – No More Police book
Friday, April 26, 2024  4:00 – 5:30 pm (ET

Sessions two and three of the three part series
We will discuss part two: what is called “soft police” and the challenges of reform and part three: What can we do about it? What do we want the police to do?
If you are interested in what was discussed at the first session of the series, please email Patty O’Donnell at for a copy of the notes.

Confronting Sexism: Ageism
Tuesday, April 16, 2024 at 3:00 pm 

At our age, most of us have “many a story” about ageism. Come and share your experiences; then take a further step and consider how sexism and ageism are interwoven together in Patriarchy’s smothering fabric.

The Pagoda and Lesbian Community
Thursday, April 11, 2024, 4:00 – 5:30 pm (ET)

For 22 years, lesbians ran a cultural center called the Pagoda, surrounded by a lesbian residential community in St. Augustine, Florida. Rose Norman’s book The Pagoda: A Lesbian Community by the Sea documents their herstory. Join Rose and several longtime Pagoda residents for a program about their experience building lesbian community. Pagoda participants include Barbara Lieu, Emily Greene, and Morgana MacVicar.
Editor & Facilitator: Rose Norman (1949)

End White Dominance: Women’s Herstory Month/International Women’s Day: Lesbians of Color
Friday, March 22, 2024  4:00 – 5:30 pm (ET)

Please choose a Lesbian of Color who is living or has passed to do a 5 minute presentation on her.

Download the PowerPoint presentation

Download the notes from this session

Confronting Sexism
Tuesday, March 19, 2024  3:00 pm–4:30 pm (ET)
Women’s Herstory Month and Sexism
Please join us in celebrating and recognizing women. We need this for ourselves and for each other. Let’s make the splash we deserve. Let us cross all the boundaries  that separate us: race, class, heterosexism. Let’s think international, too.
Recognize a woman or a women’s group that has inspired and influenced you, one who is famous, or one of the many extraordinary women you have known.
Make a brief (3-minute max) presentation on your honoree, who she is and how she impacted you, or recite a poem, or bring a picture. Multi-media is welcome.
For centuries, women have been starved of recognition and affirmation. Silence and invisibility have deprived generations of girls and women of self-esteem and confidence 
Let us glory in the hour and one half of affirmation that we create together. This is creative activism that strengthens and energizes, personally and collectively.

Gentleman Jack / Anne Lister
Monday, March 11, 2024, 4:00–5:30 pm (ET) 
“Gentleman Jack,” the magnificent BBC/HBO series that introduced Anne Lister to the world, had an immense impact on Lesbians. As a result of learning about the 19th-century English “first modern lesbian,” women from all over the planet connected, shared their enthusiasm, and in some cases even married each other! Eileen, Janet, and Amanda will share a few of their experiences as “Lister Sisters,” and explain why the Anne Lister phenomenon was — and continues to be — so powerful and life-changing. 

Learn more about Anne Lister. Download the resources.

Gentleman Jack / Anne Lister Presenters

Amanda Aikman (1953)
Amanda is a retired Unitarian Universalist minister who served churches in the Pacific Northwest for 25 years, following a career in advertising in NYC. She wrote over a dozen plays that have been produced in the Seattle area, and is the author of the 2023 novel Miss Lister’s Guest House, based on the Anne Lister phenomenon. Amanda lives with her partner in Everett, WA.

Eileen Wetherall (1954)
A world traveler, Eileen lived most of her life in Ireland but worked in USA ten years as an RN 1977-1987. She also has done post-graduate work in Women’s Studies. Eileen has multiple interests and is still a tomboy at heart. At 70, her body occasionally reminds her she’s not in her 20’s anymore
Eileen first heard of Anne Lister in the late 1990’s when she saw a play in Dublin by Emma Donoghue (I Know My Own Heart, 1993) decades before the TV series, Gentleman Jack.

Janet Lea (1948)
Janet has sold hula hoops, organized armadillo races, and been suspected of being a CIA spy. She’s lived in the American West in a VW van with a beagle puppy, dodged military checkpoints in Tibet, and camped out on the Great Wall of China.
Having escaped from 25 years in the crazy world of advertising, Janet now writes full-time. She is the author of The Gentleman Jack Effect: Lessons in Breaking Rules and Living Out Loud. She and her wife live in Santa Fe.

End White DominancePolice Structure: No More Police book
Friday, February 23, 2024 4:00 – 5:30 pm (ET)
4th Friday of each Month…
Session two of the three part series being held on alternate months.
We will discuss what is called “soft police” and the challenges of reform.
If you are interested in what was discussed at the first session of the series, please email Patty O’Donnell at for a copy of the notes

Confronting Sexism: Internalized Misogyny and Sexism
Tuesday, February 20, 2024,. 3:00 pm (ET) 
Women are not immune from sexist beliefs, patriarchal values and behaviors, or misogyny. They pervade our social climate, subliminally and overtly. Our socialization has woven them into our consciousness.
How have you experienced sexism from other women? 
Are you aware of the sexist attitudes in yourself?
Do strong women invite disapproval and dislike from you? 
Woman-hating often finds expression in the feelings we have about our bodies and eating disorders feature large in the consequences of sexism. Does this resonate with you?
Please reflect on this issue, which is not a superficial one, and the proposed questions and join us in this important discussion.

End White DominanceWhat are Lesbians doing to Make Change regarding Ending White Dominance?
Friday, January 26, 2024 4:00 – 5:30 pm (ET)
Come share what you have done or are planning to do, ask questions, give input.

Hierarchy in Our Bones
Thursday, January 18 at 4:00 pm (ET)

Do you ever get frustrated by how we communicate with each other? Would you like to help figure out how we all could maybe change it?  I invite you to a conversation I will be hosting as well as presenting some ideas for shifting how we do communicate.  Please join me. 
Facilitated by Sally Tatnall – 1937

Confronting Sexism: Sexism and the Impact on Women and Girls: Misogyny
Tuesday, January 16, 2024  3:00 to 4:30 pm (ET)
3rd Tuesday of each month…

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