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Kathy and Mo

Kathy Najimy and Mo Gaffney met on the auspicious day that Kathy bailed Mo out of jail for stealing a pineapple. Or at least that’s what they'd like us to believe. In truth, they met in San Diego in the 80's and thought each other was the funniest person they had ever met. Delighted they were both funny AND feminist, they decided to write a funny, feminist show together called The Kathy and Mo Show. They started at gay and lesbian bars and coffee shops, AIDS and LGBT fundraisers, then a run at the Old Town Theater in San Diego. They soon moved to NYC and The Kathy and Mo Show: Parallel Lives first opened at The Second Stage Theater before being moved to the West Side Arts Theater to rave reviews and a 2-year off-Broadway run. Their first HBO special, The Kathy & Mo Show: Parallel Lives was filmed during their run at The Theater on the Square in San Francisco. The second HBO special, The Kathy and Mo Show: The Dark Side was filmed at The Henry Fonda Theater in Los Angeles 1995. They then reunited for their third show in 2004, The Kathy and Mo Show: Afterbirth at the Canon Theater in Beverly Hills which moved to a sold-out run at the new Second Stage Theater in NYC.

The Kathy and Mo Show has won several awards including the Obie Award, four Cable Ace Awards and an American Comedy award. Their 2-disc DVD set: The Complete Kathy and Mo Show is available on Amazon.com. Yes, they still get along swimmingly after 36 years and no, they are not lovers~~ but for a small fee...?

Cris Williamson

Decades before indie labels were the norm, and years before women had any real access to the industry, Cris Williamson was busy changing the face of popular music. In 1975, the twenty-something former schoolteacher recorded The Changer and the Changed, for her brainchild, Olivia Records, the first woman-owned woman-focused record company. Her music and voice quickly became an essential part of the soundtrack of a movement, and was the cornerstone of what would become known as “women’s music,” music created, performed, and marketed specifically for and by women. Today, that recording, The Changer and the Changed, remains one of the best-selling independent releases of all time.
 
For Cris, the music became the vehicle for something larger. Her lyrics appear on a regular basis in books and thesis papers. Her albums are part of the curriculum for women's studies courses, and thousands of people who may not even know her name join their voices in "Song of the Soul" around campfires and places of worship. She is embraced by women. She is sampled in hip-hop. Her music is used by midwives welcoming life into the world, while hospice choirs sing her songs in tender sacred escort. "She is often considered a treasure, passed hand-to-hand, person-to-person," says the Boston Phoenix, "Williamson is a heroic character whose tireless activism continues." 
 
Today, with 31 full albums to her credit, Cris continues to tour the acoustic circuit adding new material at each juncture. Her performance career includes three sold-out shows at Carnegie Hall and the headlining of many of the great folk festivals, including Newport, Kerrville, Moab and Vancouver.

Cris’s new album, Motherland, produced by Cris and Julie Wolf, will be released in 2017. Cris is currently touring the new material, teaching songwriting, working with choruses, enjoying collaboration, and lastly, presenting a handful of Changer and the Changed All-Star Anniversary Shows in select major cities. Stay tuned.

Suzanne Westenhoefer

No one ever accused Suzanne of being subtle, not the shuttle driver who took her to the airport, the woman she was in line with at the grocery store yesterday and certainly not her audiences.  Subtle, she is not.

After 25 years of groundbreaking, stereotype-shattering and brutally honest comedy, she's not about to start pulling punches now.

The kid from Amish Country who began her comedy career on a dare is celebrating a quarter century of out, open, no-holds-barred comedy.

Suzanne tells the truth. The truth is life is funny, especially when it's fermented in Suzanne's mind. That's why she could never be in the closet, making her a trailblazer when she started doing stand-up in the 1990s. She was the first openly lesbian comedian with an HBO Special and the first openly lesbian comedian on "Late Night with David Letterman."

Heck, she was on Sally Jesse Raphael in 1991 on a show called "Breaking the Lesbian Stereotype…Lesbians Who Don't Look Like Lesbians." From "OMG, a lesbian has long hair and wears make up" to "I went to Helen and Jane's wedding last weekend," that's how far we've come in the 25 years Suzanne has been telling her truth to audiences all over the world. Some of that is certainly thanks to her candor, courage and charisma.

Suzanne never does the same show twice. She can't. She doesn't write anything down. She charges boldly onto the stage and what happens is always a mystery and a delight. Enjoy a wild night of comedy in a city near you.

Suede

NY says she’s like Adele meets Diana Krall meets Bette Midler. Dare her.
She was Joan Rivers’ opening act. Come see why!

Direct from tours including world renowned clubs like NYC’s famous Birdland, Seattle’s Triple Door, Washington DC’s Blues Alley, San Francisco’s Feinstein’s and more – as well as multiple benefits for great causes including helping to raise $45,000 in one night for a free women’s clinic outside Washington, DC – and having the immense privilege and honor of being the late, great Joan Rivers’ opening act, commanding standing ovations from Joan’s audiences – longtime Olivia favorite Suede is thrilled to be back on board to play for a week in paradise!

The Boston Globe says she’s “Wicked exciting!”

"You are GREAT! I hope we work together again soon and often!" - Joan Rivers

"A spectacular evening of song and style. Voices like hers come along maybe once in a generation." - New York Times

"A great voice, even better enthusiasm, almost giddy delight at entertaining audiences, that if bottled would make every anti-depressant on the market obsolete." -Steppin' Out Arts, NY

"Thank you for the most incredible night of my life in an audience! You are #@*!ing to DIE for!" - Bea Arthur

Karen Williams

Curve Magazine calls Karen Williams "...a laugh riot!" The Sydney Morning Herald proclaims that Karen Williams is "ferociously funny, with perfect pace, timing and structure."

​Karen Williams is one of today's hottest comedy stars–with an awesome personality, stunning good looks, and a sterling reputation for delivering laughs each and every time!

I NEED A SNACK – filmed live at The Knitting Factory in Hollywood and produced by Andrea Meyerson of AllOut Films – is a hilarious one hour solo comedy special aired regularly on LOGO TV and available on DVD.

LAUGHING MATTERS, the award-winning feature film featuring Karen Williams, made Blockbuster Video's New Releases list a few summers ago. An audience favorite at film fests, this popular comedy-documentary showcases Karen's star quality while intriguing interviews highlight her social activism.

​Karen is known for her quick repartee, insightful commentary, audience rapport, and sheer likability! She is a comic craft-master, a gifted actor, a multitalented writer, and an inspirational lecturer, whose HaHA Institute attracts clients from the public and private sectors. Armed with her "healing with humor" philosophy, Karen is a modern-day alchemist and motivational humorist, whose audiences revel in her cathartic laughter and whose peers consider her a comic's comic.

As a solo entertainer, Karen Williams delights fan-filled audiences from San Francisco to South Beach to Sydney. She has garnered some 150 laugh-filled trips around the globe with Olivia Travel!

Natalie Toro

Natalie Toro began her career with Broadway shows like Les Miserables, CATS, A Christmas Carol, Jesus Christ Superstar, EVITA, In The Heights, and A Tale Of Two Cities, and many Off-Broadway shows.

Her Awards stem with a win from Sarasota’s Magazine’s Award for Best Actress in a Musical (A Tale of Two Cities), and a Jefferson Theater Award for Best Actress (nomination) for her role as Eva (Evita).

Television shows include Unforgettable, Elementary, Black Box, Person of Interest, Law and Order, Law and Order SVU, Santa Baby and A Tale of Two Cities for PBS with Michael York.

Natalie is on many recordings including her three solo albums, with duets with two-time Tony winner Sutton Foster, Celtic Thunder’s Ryan Kelly and Grammy winner, Jon Secada.

Her concert work has entertained audiences all over the world, including Symphonic Orchestras, Carnegie Hall and now on the high seas with major Cruise lines.

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Grethe Cammermeyer

Grethe Cammermeyer has a fascinating family history that helped shape her eventual fights for LGBT equality. She was born in Oslo, Norway in 1942 during the Nazi occupation. Her family lived across from Nazi headquarters and her parents used her in their exploits as they supported the Norwegian underground in resisting the Nazis. Her mother would conceal guns and rifles under her mattress as she would push her in the baby carriage along the streets of Oslo. She would dart into an alley and resistance forces would jump out of a doorway, lift up the mattress and charge off into the night with the weapons. Grethe’s childhood heroes were these strong people who were willing to sacrifice their own lives for the freedom they believed in.

Grethe’s family immigrated to the United States in 1951 when she was nine. At 17, she started college at the University of Maryland. In 1961, she joined the Army Student Nurse Program, intent on finishing college and then becoming an Army Nurse.

Lt. Cammermeyer went on active duty after graduation in 1963. Her first active duty assignment was basic training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas where she learned to salute, wear the uniform, march, and carry patients on litters through the desert terrain of Camp Bullis. Later, she spent six months at Martin Army Hospital at Ft. Benning Georgia, then a longer tour in Nuremberg, Germany. It was here that she met and married a fellow soldier.

In 1967 she was sent to the 24th Evacuation Hospital at Long Binh, Vietnam. She was in Vietnam for 14 months, six months as head nurse of a medical unit and then eight months as head nurse of the neurosurgical intensive care unit. This was no doubt the most extraordinary experience any military nurse could have been a part of.

After Vietnam, she and her husband settled in Seattle, Washington. She was forced to leave the military when she became pregnant in 1968, because women were not permitted to have dependents. In 1972, that regulation was changed and she returned to the military in the Army Reserves, ultimately achieving the rank of Colonel in 1987. She completed the Nurse Corps Basic and Advance Course, the Command and General Staff Course and Combat Casualty Course.

After 15 years and four wonderful sons, she and her husband divorced. There were problems which she did not understand at the time, but which turned out to be an identity crisis, as she came to understand that she was a lesbian. Grethe remarks that the “process of a personal journey of self- discovery was difficult and painful, but necessary to find the real me”.

In 1988, now as Colonel Cammermeyer, Grethe accepted the position of Chief Nurse of the Washington State National Guard. In 1989, during an interview for top-secret clearance, to apply for the War College, Grethe told the military "I am a lesbian".

She was separated from the military despite an exemplary military and civilian professional record. On that same day, 11 June 1992, her attorneys filed suit, on my behalf, in Federal District Court in Seattle challenging the existing ban on homosexuals in the military and requesting her reinstatement. They were in and out of court many times during the ensuing 25 months until Judge Zilly ruled the policy was unconstitutional and based on prejudice.

She was reinstated in the National Guard in June of 1994 and resumed her previous position as Chief Nurse. In March 1997, after 31 years of dedicated service to America she was retired with full military privileges.

Grethe has received many honors and won many awards during the course of her military service. She was the first recipient of the Administrator's Award for Excellence in Nursing in 1985, chosen out of 34,000 registered nurses in the VA. Her other awards and honors include the Bronze Star for Meritorious Service (Vietnam), Nurse of the Year by the Department of Veterans Affairs (1985), and Woman of Power

Dorothy Allison

Dorothy Allison is the author of Bastard out of Carolina, a finalist for the 1992 National Book Award, and Cavedweller (Dutton, 1998) a national bestseller and a New York Times Notable Book of the Year, as well as the memoir, Two or Three Things I Know for Sure (Dutton, 1995), and the poetry chapbook, The Women Who Hate Me (1990). She has a collection of short fiction, Trash, published in two editions—from Firebrand in 1989 and in an expanded edition from Penguin, 2003. In addition, she has a book of essays, Skin: Talking About Sex, Class and Literature (Firebrand, 1995). A new novel is forthcoming from Viking Penguin.

Bastard out of Carolina was made into a highly acclaimed film, directed by Angelica Huston. Two or Three Things I Know for Sure was translated into a short documentary that took prizes at the Aspen and Toronto film festivals, and was an Emmy-nominated feature on PBS’s POVCavedweller was presented Off Broadway by the New York Theater Company in the spring of 2003, and, in 2004, it was made into a film by Lisa Cholendenko, featuring Kyra Sedgwick.

A board member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, and a past member of the boards of both PEN International and Feminists for Academic Freedom, Allison has taught at some of the most prestigious institutions in the country. She continues to be a sought after lecturer and teacher, and has been writer-in-residence at numerous universities, McGee Professor and writer-in-residence at Davidson College, Emory University Center for Humanistic Inquiry’s Distinguished visiting professor, honored lecturer at John Cabot University in Rome, and a visiting professor at Columbia College. A contributing editor to Tin House, she has taught at the Tin House summer program at Reed College in Portland, Oregon over most of the last decade.

Allison makes her home in Northern California. She and her partner, Alix, were married on All Soul’s Day in 2008, the day before California passed Proposition 8, making such marriages illegal. Their son, Wolf Michael, was their best man.

Jennifer Fulton

Jennifer Fulton is the award-winning author of 19 novels and recipient of the Alice B. Readers' Appreciation Award (2006). Published by Bold Strokes Books, she began writing mysteries under pen name Rose Beecham in 1992. Her first series was published by Naiad Press (USA) and Silver Moon (UK); her second series, featuring protagonist Jude Devine, includes GCLS Goldie award winner Grave Silence (2005).

Jennifer’s romances span various sub-genres, from the very romantic Passion Bay (1992) and A Guarded Heart (2008), stories in the best-selling Moon Island series to romantic suspense with some Gothic spin: Dark Dreamer (2005), Dark Garden (2009); adventure romance: More than Paradise (2007), and a nod toward erotic romance: Naked Heart (2008). Writing as Grace Lennox, she anticipated the “new adult” trend with Chance (2006) and Not Single Enough (2007).

Over the years, Jennifer has taught numerous classes and is proud to have mentored many authors as an editor. With her spouse Fel and their animal companions, she lives in Santa Fe, where she enjoys teasing guests by writing short performance pieces they must act as home dinner theater. Her 90-minute sell-out show Desperately Seeking Stimulation (1997) was the first lesbian stage comedy presented at the Melbourne Fringe Festival.

After a lengthy time-out to focus on her family, Jennifer picked up her pen again in 2015 and has two new novels forthcoming: Courting Trouble, set in Northern California, and Solace, the long-overdue fifth installment in the Moon Island series.

Karin Kallmaker

Karin has been exclusively devoted to lesbian fiction since the publication of her first novel in 1989. As an author published by the storied Naiad Press, she worked with Barbara Grier and Donna McBride, and has been fortunate to be mentored by a number of editors, including Katherine V. Forrest. 

In addition to multiple Lambda Literary Awards, she has been featured as a Stonewall Library and Archives Distinguished Author. Other accolades include the Ann Bannon Popular Choice and other awards for her writing, as well as the selection as a Trailblazer by the Golden Crown Literary Society. She is best known for novels such as Painted Moon, Substitute for Love, Captain of Industry, Maybe Next Time and The Kiss that Counted

The California native is the mother of two and blogs at Romance and Chocolate: www.kallmaker.wordpress.com
Write to her at karin@kallmaker.com or visit at Facebook or @kallmaker on Twitter. 
Full Bibliography of lesbian novel-length work, novellas and short story collections: www.kallmaker.com/KallmakerFullBibliography.html

Lee Lynch

Lee Lynch is a pioneering lesbian author who started writing lesbian fiction and non-fiction in the 1960s when she was a frequent contributor to The Ladder, the only lesbian publication at the time. Since then she has published novels, essays, short stories, and many reviews and feature articles for The Lambda Book Report and many other publications. Lynch's syndicated column, "The Amazon Trail," has been running in papers across the country since 1986.

Lee’s adept way of presenting butch and femme lesbians from all walks of life set the standard for many novelists writing since the 1960s.

In 2009, Lynch was awarded the Golden Crown Literary Society Trail Blazer Award for lifetime achievement, in recognition of the contributions she has made to the field of lesbian literature. In 2010, her novel, Beggar of Love, won the Ann Bannon Popular Choice Award. In 2012, the Golden Crown Literary Society issued a new award for classic fiction and named it “The Lee Lynch Classic Award”. The inaugural book awarded with the very first trophy was Lynch's 1985 tour de force, The Swashbuckler.

Lee Lynch’s most recent books, Rainbow Gap, An American Queer, The Raid, and Beggar of Love, are published by Bold Strokes Books, as is her back list.

Lee grew up in Queens, New York, and now lives on the Pacific Northwest Coast with her wife, Elaine Mulligan Lynch.

Sapphire Books Publishing

We’ve teamed up with Sapphire Books Publishing, The Gem of Lesbian Publishing, to produce and present “Literary Adventures at Sea”! This main event will feature workshops, meet & greets, book signings, interactive author panels, special events and customized shore excursions sponsored by Curve Magazine. Christine Svendsen, publisher/author of Sapphire Books Publishing, and Silke Bader, publisher of Curve Magazine, will be on board, along with a host of LezFic authors.

Christine Svendsen (writing as Isabella)

Christine Svendsen, also writing as Isabella– Owner and Publisher of Sapphire Books Publishing, LLC

How it all started - When Christine Svendsen’s first book was turned away by publishers, she launched her own publishing company. Now, six years later, she’s has a house full of award-winning lesbian authors and her own award-winning books published under the pseudonym Isabella via Sapphire Books.

“Believe in yourself. Rejection isn’t the end of a story, it can be a beginning,” Svendsen said. “Looking back, I didn’t think in terms of what if this doesn’t work? I only thought of the possibilities.” Since then Christine has won numerous awards for her books and has signed some pretty awesome and talented award winning authors, which has moved Sapphire up on the list to be noticed.

Writing as Isabella - Isabella’s first novel, Always Faithful, won a Golden Crown Literary Society Award in the traditional contemporary romance category. She was also a finalist in the International Book Awards, and she received an honorable mention in the 2010 and 2012, Rainbow Awards. She’s written 11 novels and is working on her 12th, Razor’s Edge. She has written several short stories and just finished her next novel, Aphrodite’s Handmaiden, to be released this year.

Things she is involved in - She is a member of the Rainbow Romance Writers, Romance Writers of America, and the Golden Crown Literary Society. She has also been a triangle speaker, speaking to college students about LGBT issues, been the president of Pride of Monterey County, run a magazine for single mothers and now runs a successful publishing company. She lives along the central coast of California with her wife and three sons and when she isn’t there you can find her at her cabin in the Sierra foothills.

You can also read about Christine in an article for Lesbian.com.

Silke Bader

Silke Bader is the Publisher, CEO and Editor In Chief for LOTL Magazine since 1999. She lives in Sydney, Australia with her partner of fifteen years and their two children. Proprietor and Managing Director, Ms. Bader was born and raised in Stuttgart, Germany and immigrated to Australia in 1989. Ms. Bader acquired Curve Magazine from its founding publisher Frances Stevens in 2010.

Andrea Meyerson

Andrea Meyerson is an award-winning creator of film and television programming as well as a successful producer of concerts and live comedy shows. As founder and president of Stand Out Productions she has produced and directed nearly 30 feature films, television specials and series episodes which have aired on Showtime, Viacom’s Logo Network and several Canadian networks.

In 2002, Meyerson produced and directed the award-winning comedy documentary LAUGHING MATTERS. The success of the critically acclaimed film spawned three award winning Sequels. In 2012 Meyerson’s full-length documentary I STAND CORRECTED premiered at the American Documentary Film Festival where it won the Audience Award for Best Film. Still playing at film festivals, I STAND CORRECTED has won a total of 15 audience and/or jury awards and continues to receive outstanding reviews. In 2014 Andrea premiered her documentary, LETTER TO ANITA, which is still touring the film festival circuit worldwide and has won numerous awards.

Meyerson is also a prolific producer of live comedy shows and concerts. Since founding StandOut Productions in 1997, she has staged live events featuring some of the country’s best-known entertainers, including Wanda Sykes, Roseanne Barr, k.d. lang, Indigo Girls, Joan Armatrading and Brandi Carlile.

The recipient of numerous awards for her activism and work within the communities she is passionate about serving. Andrea made history in 2007 when she became the first out lesbian to receive the YWCA’s “Women of Achievement Award”. In March of 2008, Andrea was honored with the Human Rights Campaign’s prestigious “Local Hero Award.”

Meyerson is currently touring the film festival circuit with her recently completed CLAMBAKE, a documentary about the 30-year history of Women’s Week in Provincetown.

Laurel Burch Studios

Aarin Burch, president of Laurel Burch Studios is a native San Franciscan with an extraordinary upbringing; she is the daughter of one of the most famed and admired artists and jewelry designers, Laurel Burch. Aarin grew up in the Haight Ashbury of San Fran Francisco where she watched her mother handcraft one-of-a-kind jewelry in their kitchen. Laurel’s zest in life and relentless passion to create and draw deeper connections between us all inspired and created a lasting impact in her daughter Aarin, which ultimately paved the way for her own creative aspirations.

Aarin Burch began her creative journey at the California College of Arts and Crafts where she obtained her BFA and served on the Frameline Board of Directors as an established filmmaker. She’s received notable recognition for her films shown at festivals throughout the world, and established a profound name for herself in both the film and business industries. In recognizing her shared passion for celebrating our inter-connectedness, Aarin has taken on the role as president of Laurel Burch Studios, the art licensing company for the Laurel Burch brand, based in The San Francisco Bay Area.

Aarin travels across the country and around world creating new ways to increase brand awareness while creatively preserving the essence and spirit of her mother’s amazing work. She has been part of the Olivia family since 1991 as a video producer and activity staff extraordinaire. Aarin holds a 5th-degree Blackbelt in Kajukenbo and teaches HipHop dance throughout The Bay Area.

Aarin and her team are excited to feature Laurel Burch products on board for the first time in the Olivia Boutique on Deck 3!

TomboyX

Fran Dunaway and Naomi Gonzalez co-founded TomboyX in 2013 as a apparel and accessories company, but a year later they hit pay dirt with the introduction of the first line of boxer briefs designed for women. The company has now pivoted into the loungewear market and has a full line of underwear, made of high quality materials, ethically sourced/manufactured, and offer sizes XS to 4X. TomboyX is hell bent on challenging gender stereotypical norms and encourages people to be unapologetic about who they are. They want to know what does your X = ?

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HauteButch

Karen Roberts, a Navy Veteran, Entrepreneur, and Designer, launched HauteButch in 2013. The line highlights a masculine aesthetic intermingling rich hues and opulent fabrics. Dress shirts, vests, outerwear, and accessories round out the collection that endeavors to become a global brand for masculine couture. Hautebutch is constructed with attention to detail, proper fit, and innovation in Sizes XS-5X for style seekers of a certain shape, mind, talent, and taste level, but not gender.

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DJ Lisa Pittman

DJ Lisa Pittman has toured all over the globe playing LGBT events, festivals, cruises and Pride destination cities like Olivia, Dinah, and Shedonism, just to name a few. Currently, she is a resident DJ for Marquee at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas with a weekly radio show on KVEG HOT 97.5. Playing a mix of top 40, EDM, hip-hop, twerk, and trap, she is quoted as saying, "My secret and specialty is making girls happy" – on the dance floor, of course.

DJ Wildfire

DJ Wildfire, née Jenn Davis, began spinning the 1s and 2s in California back in 1996. Since then, she's traveled up and down the West Coast and beyond; DJing parties, benefits, and shows for thousands of eager dancers in cities like San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, Portland, Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Vancouver B.C. She even donned a dress in 2015 as headliner for one of Portland’s biggest annual benefits for HIV/AIDS, the Red Dress PDX party.

Since 2014, DJ Wildfire and her wife, Army, have been the sole owners and operators of Hot Flash Inferno dances, dance parties held for women and the trans community in Portland and Seattle. Demand for these dances is so high, new cities are being added to the map in 2016!

DJ Wildfire can spin just about any request but her true groove lies in disco funk, electro, r&b, hip-hop, top 40 and house jams that will keep you on the floor with an energy that just doesn't stop. Once she jumps into the mix, you know it because the dance floor surges and doesn’t quit moving until she unplugs her tables.

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