Actualize is an invite-only lesbian gathering that takes place in Southern California every year in May. I just got back from the last one, and these were some of the highlights:

THE POOL PARTY

This year, we kicked the pool party off with a race across the pool. The winner got a “Lesbians Don’t Owe You Shit” T-shirt. We also tossed water balloons around until they broke, and played a game of basketball while still in the pool. The first team to score ten points won.

Hanging in the Pool

Lesbians Don’t Owe You Shit T-shirts

Lily Khuu DJing

SONGWRITING WORKSHOP

We wrote a song as a group during a workshop that was led by Kimber Springs. The lyrics included lines like “pack up your flannels, put on your boots” and “a bunch of lezzies in subarus.”

Song Lyrics

Songwriters

BULLDAGGER SWAGGER / PERFORMANCE BY PHRANC

Phranc attended and performed at Actualize this year. The last song of her set was the very catchy Bulldagger Swagger. She had everyone get up, form a dance circle, and well, do the bulldagger swagger. We had a lot of fun with it.

 

ELECTRIFIED EMBROIDERY

This year, the workshop with the highest attendance rate was “Electrified Embroidery.” The aim of said workshop was to “weave art and science together by creating embroidery that lights up.” Some people quit because it was kind of complicated, while others stuck it through, and had the pleasure of seeing their designs light up.

Figuring it out

Phranc, seconds after she got that thing to light up

STORIES BY THE CAMPFIRE

On both nights, we sat around a campfire, ate s’mores, and told “ghosting” stories and more.

Campfire

RANDOM JAM SESSIONS

With all the instruments lying around, not a day went by without someone getting on the drums or picking up a guitar.

Overall, this was a fun-filled weekend that still allowed room for deeper connections to be made. Next year’s gathering can’t come soon enough.


Please note that Actualize is both a lesbian-only and invitation-only event. Tickets are not available to the general public. If you’re a lesbian who wants to attend next year, email editor.lesbiansovereverything@gmail.com for more information.

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