About The Curve Foundation

Launched in 1991 as Deneuve magazine, Curve has been America’s best-selling lesbian magazine for nearly three decades. As Curve’s 30th anniversary approached, founder Franco Stevens reimagined how Curve will serve lesbians and queer women in its next chapter. Her journey to this historic decision is captured in the documentary film Ahead of the Curve.

Franco, along with a dynamic Advisory Council, started The Curve Foundation to empower the Curve Community – lesbians, queer women, trans women, and non-binary people of all races, ages, and abilities. The Curve Foundation will spur active storytelling and cross-generational dialogue around the Curve Community by supporting journalism inspired by the tradition of Curve magazine, investing in the next generation of intersectional leaders, and bolstering existing community archives as a resource to ensure LGBTQ+ women’s culture and history can be known.

Franco reacquired Curve magazine and donated it to the Foundation so it can leverage the brand and amplify the Foundation’s mission. Curve magazine is now a nonprofit project of The Curve Foundation. On a regular basis, we will curate articles from the Curve Archive, filling a critical niche by providing a way to understand our history – a portal into the hard-won lessons from our past that can inform our actions into the future. The Curve Foundation will bring the archive to life to provide context and a throughline between the critical conversations forming our movement in the 1990s and early 2000s and today. We are not accepting unsolicited submissions at this time.


The Curve Foundation champions lesbian, queer women, transgender and nonbinary people's stories and culture through intergenerational programming and community building.


Curve Envisions a world where all lesbians, queer women, transgender and nonbinary people feel valued, supported and connected.

Who We Are


Franco Stevens


Jen Rainin


Franco Stevens


Jen Rainin



Merryn Johns

Contributing Editor

Julia Rosenzweig

Archive & Outreach Manager

Sunny Leerasanthanah

Operations & Communications Manager

Hal Trejo

Grant Writer

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