Caution – this seems to be one of those made-up celebrations that are used to generate click-bait articles on websites targeting lesbians, but not necessarily driven by lesbians.
So this lesbian is going to seize the moment to write a non-click-bait article promoting lesbian visibility.
First, read every single blog post I’ve written since 2005. I’ll wait. 🙂 (Read this post in particular to understand how that’s a joke.)
Cindy Rizzo posted a thoughtful piece at Medium in 2017 making the case for lesbian visibility and narrowing in on potential reasons why lesbians resist – internalized stigma around this history of lesbian exclusivity and the trauma of the TERF legacy.
I definitely get the latter point – having been TERF’d myself, I hope people give me the benefit of the doubt. I understand if they don’t because these nasty folks are causing tremendous harm in our community.
Regarding the idea of lesbian being a relic of the past, I’m not sure I agree completely. My impression is that the term lesbian was a catch-all umbrella term that provided a modicum of safety for all queer women and nonbinary folx at a time when we didn’t use words like queer or nonbinary to describe our identities. As our understanding of sexual and gender identity has grown more nuanced and robust, it is natural for people to use more precise language.
I find it ridiculous to read that lesbians are the least visible and most as-risk group in the LGBTQ community. That’s absolutely untrue. We aren’t losing anything by amplifying and sharing resources with the bisexual, queer, pansexual, asexual, agender, transgender and nonbinary communities. Some of those folks are also lesbians.
Lesbian identity has of course changed, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room under a differently termed umbrella for all of us. And it certainly doesn’t mean that lesbian culture can’t grow beyond ‘the good old days.’
In honor of all the lesbians, here are some of the #AMPLIFY contributors who have specifically identified as a lesbian. I urge you to read their stories and signal boost them as well. This project uses open-ended questions including “How do you describe your identity?” so this list may not be 100% exact, but is a fairly good representation of our contributors. These are in no particular order. And note how many younger contributors are using the term lesbian to describe their identity.
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- bee Revisits 60+ Years of Her Feminist Lesbian Experiences in Pittsburgh
- Madelyne, 19, Shares Her Story as a Lesbian Growing Up in Johnstown
- Helen, 32, is a Lesbian, Immigrant, Irish Comedian Living in Pittsburgh
- Rene, 48, is a Lesbian from Mercer County who wants to belong
- Maria Talks Lesbian Life in the North Hills of Pittsburgh
- Jenna,19, is Proud of Her Lesbian Identity
- Madi Scull, 20, Identifies as a Nonbinary, Asexual Lesbian
- Kool Kase, 32, is a Black Lesbian at Peace With Herself
- Kelsey, 22, Talks Lesbian Life in Elk County
- Bobbi Jo, 63, is a Transgender Lesbian in Indiana County
- Katie, 25, Identifies as Puerto Rican, White, Cis-Female and Lesbian
- Marcia, 58, is Cisgender, Lesbian & Slightly Gender Nonconforming
- Regina, 33, Finds Comfort in Lesbian Ambiguity
- Laura, 44, is a Lesbian Mom in Fayette County
- Camellia, 30, is a Lesbian, Soon-to-be Wife, and Momma
- Patricia, 41, Does Not Feel Safe as a Trans Woman in Her Urban Pgh Suburb
- Diane, 56, Is Asexual With Lesbian Leanings and a Writer
- Pixie, 26, is Androgynous, Non-binary, Genderqueer and Lesbian, But Identifies as Pixie
- Dani Janae, 23, Identifies as a Black Femme Lesbian Poet & Trauma Survivor
- Char, 62, is a “Very Late Bloomer” Lesbian in Cambria County
- Jill, 49, Wants Young LGBTQ People To Have a Safe Place to Go In Cambria County
- Kim, 44, Say She Lost Her Job in Beaver County Because She’s a Lesbian
- As a Lesbian, Shelly Values Her Ties to Rural Indiana County
- Gloria a Happy Black Lesbian
- Sara, 35, On Her Reality as a Lesbian in Western Pennsylvania
- Dinah Denmark: Lesbian, Jewish, Buddhist
- Jess is a Lesbian Mother Who Wants More Family Friendly Resources
- Saintly Sinner is a Cisgender Lesbi Not So Flexible Black Biological Womyn
- Alexandria is a Lesbian Artist Trying To Get Her Bearings
- Shawna on Her Unique Experience as a Lesbian in Indiana County #AMPLIFY
- Jessi is a Trans Lesbian Who Asks Questions
- Jan Offers an Older Perspective on LGBTQ Pittsburgh
- Joyce Believes Tolerance Is Not Acceptance
- Rae, 48, is a Pansexual Trans Woman Living in Allegheny County
- Chrissy, 40, Wants LGBTQ Folks to Educate One Another With a Sense of Humor
- Wendi, 31, Describes Being a Trans Ally in Her Workplace
- Emily, 40, Talks About LGBTQ Visibility, Intersectionality & Resiliency
- Morgan, 21, Hasn’t Met Other Openly Gay Suburban Couples
- Heidi, 28, Learned That It’s Okay To Be A LGBT Christian
- Delilah, 31, Finds Trans Community on Twitter
- Sara, 28, Single Mom, Agnostic Jew, and Queer in Ohio
- Lisa Believes Being Out and Honest is ‘Like Flying’
- Alissa, 34, is Just Another Girl in the Crowd in Lawrence County
- Viva Valezz is a Queer Burlesque Performer Parenting a Gender Fluid Child
- Kathi Wants To Connect with LGBTQ Elders in Rural Communities
- Jaime From The ReelQ Film Festival Says Yep I’m Gay
- Taylor Wants More LGBTQ Resources and Community Unity
- Jessi is a Trans Lesbian Who Asks Questions
- Amber Has Always Been Proud of Being OUT
- Vic Lives Closeted in Westmoreland County
- KK Compares Small Town Michigan to Pittsburgh
- Cindy Has Been Fundraising for the GLCC for 14 Years
- For Jodi’s Kids, Having Two Mothers Is Just a Fact of Life
- Been Fundraising for the GLCC for 14 Years
- Skip Believes The Act of Coming Out Is a Continuous Process
- Shell is Proud of the Positive Impact of Pittsburgh Black Pride
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