...I've had quite a few women ask me this question lately, so I put together a brief list of ideas. Everyone - feel free to comment and contribute with additional ideas/info.
I would recommend:
- Diesel Cafe in Davis Square. It's a great place to study, and queer owned and operated. Pool table, photo booth and lots of coffee. They just opened another location, Bloc 11, in Union Square. I haven't been yet, but it's worth a look. Peets Tea and Coffee in Harvard Square is also very queer. ;-)
- Here is a list of most of the lesbian clubs/bars in the Boston area. Since the roster of lesbian club nights changes on a fairly regular basis, just check out the ones listed and talk to friends who have gone recently. I've heard good things about the Milky Way and Midway in Jamaica Plain (you pretty much can't walk two feet without running into a queer woman in JP anyway). Fridays at Pure are pretty good, with danceable music and a lot of space, but the location is pretty far from public transportation (also, I once got my credit card STOLEN there, so be careful about putting your purse down anywhere!). Club Cafe is nice, but tends to more oriented towards gay men. Lots of techno. Share your thoughts/updates/corrections in the comments!
- MadFemmePride is a group that caters to femme women (and those who like them), and have fun events every so often.
- GenderCrash is a monthly spoken word and performance night in Jamaica Plain, centered around queer/transgender performers, and is really powerful and entertaining.
- There's also the Cambridge Women's Center. I've never been, but I know they have a queer women's support group and other resources.
- There are a bunch of LGBT racial and ethnic organizations like Somos Latinos and QAPA. More here. You can get involved with religion-oriented LGBT organizations like Keshet. More here.
- The Bisexual Resource Center has meetings, brunches, potlucks, etc.
- A great way to meet hot people AND help save the world: volunteer at places like Boston GLASS or BAGLY (which serve LGBT youth), MassEquality (which works for marriage equality), MTPC (transgender rights) or GLAD (GLBT/HIV legal work) - all of which have hot, hot volunteers! Totally recommended.
- I would also suggest subscribing to The List, which will send you a weekly email with almost every queer women's event in the Boston area.
I hope these are helpful! So go out there and meet some new friends...or maybe even something more. ;-)
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