The mission of the L Stop is to create an online presence for the lesbian community of Chicago. It will serve as a space to get informed on what is going on in the community, learn how you can become more involved, bring awareness to outstanding members, and to serve as a hub for all things related to the lesbian culture.
We built this website because we feel that Chicago lacks a central provider of information focused on lesbian-related news, events, and local organizations. As it stands, figuring out what is going on in the community requires jumping from one website to another and often results in outdated or fragmented information. This hinders the process of growing a strong and visible lesbian community. Even though a small handful of Chicago-based gay publications do exist, you will find that most of them dedicate only a very small portion of their total coverage to addressing the needs and concerns of the lesbian community.
It is also clear that the cohesiveness of the lesbian community is severely lacking when compared with the gay male community. It is problematic that women who live in areas of Chicago with relatively large lesbian populations have a difficult time keeping track of what is going on and that they often miss out on opportunities to go out, meet people, and get involved in groups and activities that are interesting to them. The situation is worse and the harm more severe for women who live in other parts of the city or suburbs where there might be no apparent lesbian-oriented activities. Especially for women who are not entirely comfortable with their sexuality, there is a need for easily accessible resources that show them they are not alone and that there are events and groups for them.
We are aware of all the organizations in the city that specifically target the lesbian community; however, we believe that these groups have much smaller followings than they could and should have. The quality of their websites leads us to conclude that this problem may, in large part, be the result of a lack of funding. We know there is no shortage of opportunities to get involved in the lesbian community; these groups are organizing everything from nightlife events to sports teams and political demonstrations. The possibilities are all there, but the access to them is seriously insufficient. By making it easier to find out about these opportunities, The L Stop aims to help these smaller organizations realize their full potential. And we believe that this will contribute immeasurably to the growth of a strong, welcoming, and accessible lesbian community.