Listening to Lesbians is a page recording women’s experiences of being abused or silenced as lesbians and of being subjected to misogyny and lesbophobia within and outside the community.
Once I started looking at our documented experiences, I realised that we don’t seem to know the extent of the problem, except anecdotally. Abuse and silencing are not uncommon but are practically invisible, in the absence of a way to share what happens to us except on a one-to-one basis. Acts of violence, from one off acts of aggression to sustained abuse and murder, go practically un-noted and generate little or no community outrage.
Listening to Lesbians was born to allow women to share their experiences of being attacked or silenced as lesbians, of being subjected to misogyny and lesbophobia.
We also post news stories on lesbian rights, violence and discrimination against the lesbian community, and our unwavering response.
Recording our collective experiences, instead of only hearing them as individualised stories, allows us to name, analyse or address a problem we can’t otherwise quantify.
If you have been attacked or silenced as a lesbian, please either contact us or share your story to add your voice to this site. If we have missed critical lesbian news stories, in any language, please let us know.
If there is something you would really like to see here, please suggest it!
Commenting and Posting:
Comments on this site do not necessarily reflect our personal views.
We will only publish comments and posts that report or illuminate the silencing and abuse lesbians face, or that speak to these issues in some way.
We will not publish woman-hating or lesbian-hating comments.
We do not support discrimination and/or violence against groups or individuals, so don’t write to us and demand that we clarify this. We already have.
Please do not write in and demand that we justify either the behaviour of every single lesbian on the planet or the behaviour of a particular lesbian. No one person represents us and it is reductionist to categorise or condemn all lesbians on the basis of a single individual.
Thank you in advance for respecting the intent of this site and only talking about and listening to lesbians here.
Liz and Lisa