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The Curve Foundation champions LGBTQ+ women’s and nonbinary people’s culture and stories through intergenerational programming and community building. We are inclusive of all who identify as part of the Curve community.

We bring the Curve magazine archive to life, providing context and a throughline between the critical conversations in the 1990s and early 2000s and today; we support the journalists who tell our stories; and we host events that bring our community together.

Our work is critical to move the LGBTQ+ community out of a scarcity framework towards a future based on abundance. We dream of a world where we can see each other for who we are and embrace what makes us different; a world where our community doesn’t define our unity through our shared oppression, but through our ability to come together in joy and solidarity.

Join us in shaping this future. Your support, whether through donation, volunteering, or participation in our events, makes a meaningful impact on the lives of those we champion. Together, we can create a world where unity and joy define our LGBTQ+ community.

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Curve Magazine Quarterly

In 2021, Curve magazine became a not-for-profit project of The Curve Foundation. Curve relaunched digitally with an iconic new look that embodies the rich history and exciting legacy of our community’s stories. Going forward, Curve will draw a throughline between what was happening from the time it launched in the 1990s to what’s happening today for the Curve Community.

The Curve Magazine Archive

The Curve Foundation is proud to further its mission of sharing our culture and stories, connecting with each other, and raising visibility by providing a searchable, accessible archive of the 30+ years of Curve and Deneuve Magazine issues.

Ahead of the Curve Documentary

AHEAD OF THE CURVE is the story of one of the most influential women in lesbian history you’ve never heard of and the impact her work continues to have today. Growing up, Franco never saw any representation of queer women-she didn’t even know it was possible for a woman to be gay. When she realized she was a lesbian, it changed the course of her life.

The Curve Test

Films and series that pass the Curve Test help broaden and deepen representation beyond the stories that reduce LGBTQ+ women, trans, and non-binary people to stereotypes. This test is not intended to be used as a weapon to shame. Films and series that don’t pass are not to be condemned. Rather, the test is intended as a tool for conversation, a barometer to help us see which films and series are pushing the movement forward and where we need to put more attention.

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Get ready to explore the legacy of Curve magazine from the comfort of your own home! RSVP now at: tinyurl.com/curvemazertour

Join us on July 25 as The June Mazer Lesbian Archives leads a special virtual tour of their online exhibit: "30 Years of Lesbian Life in Curve Magazine". Curated by Aza Babayan and Julia Tanenbaum, the exhibit outlines the creation of the groundbreaking publication, its coverage of radical love, lesbian celebrity culture, protest and politics, and representation of our diverse community.
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Get ready to explore the legacy of Curve magazine from the comfort of your own home!  RSVP now at: tinyurl.com/curvemazertour

Join us on July 25 as The June Mazer Lesbian Archives leads a special virtual tour of their online exhibit: 30 Years of Lesbian Life in Curve Magazine. Curated by Aza Babayan and Julia Tanenbaum, the exhibit outlines the creation of the groundbreaking publication, its coverage of radical love, lesbian celebrity culture, protest and politics, and representation of our diverse community.

Introducing Josie Norris, recipient of the 2024 Curve Award for Emerging Journalists, presented in conjunction with NLGJA - The Association of LGBTQ Journalists!

Josie Norris (they/them) is a queer trans documentary photographer calling San Antonio home. Their love of storytelling images was sparked by hours of studying family photos and National Geographic magazines. With an eye for light, color and curiosity of the moments in-between moments; they seek to chronicle stillness for viewers to witness. Norris is drawn to short and long-form stories exploring themes of belonging and identity. They work as a staff photojournalist with the San Antonio Express-News where they love to ask questions and learn more about the people who make San Antonio.

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Introducing Josie Norris, recipient of the 2024 Curve Award for Emerging Journalists, presented in conjunction with NLGJA - The Association of LGBTQ Journalists!

Josie Norris (they/them) is a queer trans documentary photographer calling San Antonio home. Their love of storytelling images was sparked by hours of studying family photos and National Geographic magazines. With an eye for light, color and curiosity of the moments in-between moments; they seek to chronicle stillness for viewers to witness. Norris is drawn to short and long-form stories exploring themes of belonging and identity. They work as a staff photojournalist with the San Antonio Express-News where they love to ask questions and learn more about the people who make San Antonio. 

Read the full announcement here: https://tr.ee/xt1J93Fdhv

Introducing Zakiya Gibbons, recipient of the 2024 Curve Award for Emerging Journalists, presented in conjunction with NLGJA - The Association of LGBTQ Journalists!

Zakiya Gibbons (she/her) is an award-winning podcast producer, host, story editor and writer based in Brooklyn. Gibbons investigates and explores human behavior, emotions, and culture through storytelling and conversation. She has worked with Spotify, Gimlet Media, WNYC, Radiotopia, Audible, Crooked Media, Slate Media, StoryCorps, NPR’s Latino USA, The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and more. Gibbons is a co-founder of the POC in Audio Directory, a resource created to fight the lack of racial diversity in the audio industry. Gibbons and her collaborators were recognized by Bitch Media as among the top 50 “most impactful creators, artists, and activists in pop culture” for their work in advocating for racial equity in audio. Gibbons is the host and story editor of the breakout hit podcast Hang Up, named one of the best podcasts of 2023 by Vulture Magazine, Vogue Magazine, CBC, Tink Media and WNYC’s “All of It”.

Read the full announcement here (or see link in bio): tr.ee/xt1J93Fdhv
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Introducing Zakiya Gibbons, recipient of the 2024 Curve Award for Emerging Journalists, presented in conjunction with NLGJA - The Association of LGBTQ Journalists!

Zakiya Gibbons (she/her) is an award-winning podcast producer, host, story editor and writer based in Brooklyn. Gibbons investigates and explores human behavior, emotions, and culture through storytelling and conversation. She has worked with Spotify, Gimlet Media, WNYC, Radiotopia, Audible, Crooked Media, Slate Media, StoryCorps, NPR’s Latino USA, The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and more. Gibbons is a co-founder of the POC in Audio Directory, a resource created to fight the lack of racial diversity in the audio industry. Gibbons and her collaborators were recognized by Bitch Media as among the top 50 “most impactful creators, artists, and activists in pop culture” for their work in advocating for racial equity in audio. Gibbons is the host and story editor of the breakout hit podcast Hang Up, named one of the best podcasts of 2023 by Vulture Magazine, Vogue Magazine, CBC, Tink Media and WNYC’s “All of It”. 

Read the full announcement here (or see link in bio): https://tr.ee/xt1J93Fdhv

Introducing Catalina Gaitán, recipient of the 2024 Curve Award for Emerging Journalists, presented in conjunction with NLGJA - The Association of LGBTQ Journalists!

Catalina Gaitán (they/them) is a Seattle-based reporter for The Seattle Times. Originally from Portland, Oregon, Gaitán started covering breaking news for The Boston Globe while studying journalism at Emerson College and was hired by The Oregonian as a general assignment reporter in 2020. Gaitán joined The Seattle Times staff in April 2024 and is passionate about covering topics like social justice activism, policing and the impact of breaking news on local communities with empathy and care.

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Introducing Catalina Gaitán, recipient of the 2024 Curve Award for Emerging Journalists, presented in conjunction with NLGJA - The Association of LGBTQ Journalists!

Catalina Gaitán (they/them) is a Seattle-based reporter for The Seattle Times. Originally from Portland, Oregon, Gaitán started covering breaking news for The Boston Globe while studying journalism at Emerson College and was hired by The Oregonian as a general assignment reporter in 2020. Gaitán joined The Seattle Times staff in April 2024 and is passionate about covering topics like social justice activism, policing and the impact of breaking news on local communities with empathy and care.

Read the full announcement here: https://tr.ee/xt1J93Fdhv

Introducing Ashley Dye, recipient of the 2024 Curve Award for Emerging Journalists, presented in conjunction with NLGJA - The Association of LGBTQ Journalists!

Ashley Dye (they/them) is The Marshall Project’s Audience Director who leads a team serving people wherever they are, engaging audiences in myriad ways and amplifying marginalized voices impacted by U.S. criminal justice systems. In newsrooms, Dye works with journalists individually and systemically on matters such as accessibility and improving coverage of marginalized people, particularly LGBTQ+ communities.

They started in local news, where Dye was most recently the Tampa Bay Times’ Engagement Editor and crafted engagement for two Pulitzer-winning investigations. They worked on Tampa Bay Times editorial guidelines for LGBTQ+ coverage, and founded and edited the Coast Is Queer section in the newspaper’s free tbt* publication. They have been honored by the National Headliner Awards, the Society for News Design, NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ+ Journalists and others. As a born-and-raised Hoosier living in St. Pete, Florida, Dye deeply believes in the diverse queer and trans South and Midwest.

Read the full announcement here (or see link in bio): tr.ee/xt1J93Fdhv
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Introducing Ashley Dye, recipient of the 2024 Curve Award for Emerging Journalists, presented in conjunction with NLGJA - The Association of LGBTQ Journalists!

Ashley Dye (they/them) is The Marshall Project’s Audience Director who leads a team serving people wherever they are, engaging audiences in myriad ways and amplifying marginalized voices impacted by U.S. criminal justice systems. In newsrooms, Dye works with journalists individually and systemically on matters such as accessibility and improving coverage of marginalized people, particularly LGBTQ+ communities.

They started in local news, where Dye was most recently the Tampa Bay Times’ Engagement Editor and crafted engagement for two Pulitzer-winning investigations. They worked on Tampa Bay Times editorial guidelines for LGBTQ+ coverage, and founded and edited the Coast Is Queer section in the newspaper’s free tbt* publication. They have been honored by the National Headliner Awards, the Society for News Design, NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ+ Journalists and others. As a born-and-raised Hoosier living in St. Pete, Florida, Dye deeply believes in the diverse queer and trans South and Midwest.

Read the full announcement here (or see link in bio): https://tr.ee/xt1J93Fdhv

Introducing Maura Barrett, recipient of the 2024 Curve Award for Emerging Journalists, presented in conjunction with NLGJA - The Association of LGBTQ Journalists!

Maura Barrett (she/her) is an NBC News Correspondent across all platforms for NBC News & MSNBC. Her passion surrounds how policy impacts people, most recently covering abortion rights, environmental policy & climate adaptations, along with the politicization of LGBTQ+ issues. Though based in the midwest, she’s reported across multiple coverage regions and subject matters: covering the White House & President Joe Biden in 2023, before filling in on the West Coast, covering major breaking news stories like the Club Q shooting in Colorado Springs and the attack in the Pelosi home in California. Maura previously produced for NBC’s Business & Tech Unit and Northeast Bureau. Originally from Pennsylvania, Maura currently lives in Chicago.

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Introducing Maura Barrett, recipient of the 2024 Curve Award for Emerging Journalists, presented in conjunction with NLGJA - The Association of LGBTQ Journalists! 

Maura Barrett (she/her) is an NBC News Correspondent across all platforms for NBC News & MSNBC. Her passion surrounds how policy impacts people, most recently covering abortion rights, environmental policy & climate adaptations, along with the politicization of LGBTQ+ issues. Though based in the midwest, she’s reported across multiple coverage regions and subject matters: covering the White House & President Joe Biden in 2023, before filling in on the West Coast, covering major breaking news stories like the Club Q shooting in Colorado Springs and the attack in the Pelosi home in California. Maura previously produced for NBC’s Business & Tech Unit and Northeast Bureau. Originally from Pennsylvania, Maura currently lives in Chicago.

Read the full announcement here (or see link in bio): https://tr.ee/xt1J93Fdhv

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