When Mandy Randhawa saw the ocean for the first time in 1988 when she was about 11 years old, she couldn’t believe there could be so much water.
Imagine, then, how similar that feeling must be to how some queer women feel when they see a seemingly endless sea of women like themselves for the first time in their lives.
That’s what happens when some women attend parties by Flygirl Productions, which Randhawa and her wife, Leigh Cousins, run.
Randhawa tells the Straight by phone that Flygirl started with Cousins holding fundraisers in the early ’90s “to bring lesbian entertainment out of the shadows and basically the unsavoury parts of town”.
Meanwhile, Randhawa was conducting medical and nonmedical recruitment for the Vancouver office of Doctors Without Borders, which she says was “immensely rewarding” but also very challenging.