Re your article “Fading Places” (10/13): While we at Whitman-Walker Clinic’s Lesbian Services Program are also saddened at the loss of Lammas, I want to take this opportunity to point out that with Lammas
closing, there are more than bars to provide women the cultural, educational, social, and support services they need.
For more than 20 years, women have been meeting at our Monday night drop-in group. It is one of the few remaining feminist-oriented discussion groups specifically for women who partner with women, sometimes attracting up to 30 women per night. The Whitman-Walker Lesbian Services Program also provides the “safe space” that the article refers to. Women over 50 who are not interested in the bar scene attend our Sojourner’s Salon; and we have a women’s lending library that has hundreds of books that are available to the community. Our Maybe Baby groups provide support and education to women in our community who are planning to have children via alternative insemination. Each year we provide guidance and affirmation to dozens of women who attend our Coming Out support groups.
In addition to our vast support-group program, we offer workshops on self-defense, herbal medicine, and breast health, to name just a few. We offer a variety of programs for women of all ages, races, and backgrounds. I invite those women who are still looking for that safe space to call us at (202) 939-1580 to find out more about the many ways the Whitman-Walker Lesbian Services Program can provide cultural, educational, and social opportunities for women across the region.
Lesbian Services Program