Memoirs of a Butch Lesbian
“This doctor decided that the butch lesbian in front of her was not actually a butch lesbian but a trans man in denial. In the chart, she writes that this butch is a 48 year old trans man but adds that the “chart will say female.” There was no conversation, there were no questions about whether or not this woman believed she was trans, there was nothing but an assumption; and that assumption was based on this butch woman’s appearance.”
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As lesbian bars continue to close and lesbian-only spaces continue to be attacked, Susan Cox highlights the disproportionate damage queer politics has done to lesbians and our spaces.
“To pretend the decline of lesbian spaces is merely a sign of progress is totally inconsistent with reality. Rosenthal implies we have reached a kind of utopia, with regard to female sexuality, stating, “It wasn’t too long ago that identifying as lesbian carried a huge stigma.” But she also notes that in Portland State University’s recent “survey of students and their identities, more students identified as ‘pansexual’ than lesbian” and quotes a young woman (who dates women, albeit some who identify as “non-binary”) saying, “‘I have never felt comfortable with the term lesbian.’”
Hmm. That sounds like… what’s the word… oh, yeah: stigma.
This “progress” explanation not only falls flat because stigma around lesbianism remains, but because it fails to account for the fact that spaces for gay males have remained largely intact. In my hometown of Philadelphia, for example, a peek at any “gayborhood” calendar offers a plethora of events catering to gay men, including: gay bingo, gaybill (musical theater night), gay burlesque roulette, free country line dancing, gay antiques shows, and a best gay mac and cheese contest.”
Continue reading at: Lesbian spaces are still needed, no matter what the queer movement says (Source)
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Tagged Culture, Discrimination, Elena Rosenthal, lesbian bars, lesbian space, lesbian voices, Lesbophobia, queer politics, representation, Susan Cox, women's space
Being gay in Kenya is risky. This is according to Gigi Louisa, a 28-year-old Kenyan lesbian who has shared her experience of living in Kenya’s conservative society. The LGBQT activist is on a mission to fight for gay rights in Kenya. In an interview with the Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya (GALCK), she said she always has to be careful.
Continue reading at: “I can be attacked at any time:” Meet woman, 28, dedicated to fighting for gay rights in Kenya (photo) ▷ Tuko.co.ke (Source)
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Tagged activism, Discrimination, Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya, Gigi Louisa, GLACK, homophobia, lesbian voices, Lesbians in Africa, Lesbians in Kenya, Lesbophobia, persecution, Threats of violence, violence against lesbians, violence against women
Beukes knew from her first book, Maverick, a pop history on women in the country, that there were many who could fit the bill for Femme Magnifique. “I had many to choose from, from Lilian Ngoyi to Ruth First, Krotoa Eva and Sara Baartman.
“But Brenda Fassie worked on so many levels, as a provocative pop star, as a lesbian icon [she came out on Mambaonline in 2003], as a black woman who lived through apartheid and sang about the personal and the political.”
Continue reading at: Brenda Fassie immortalised in comic book – MambaOnline – Gay South Africa online (Source)
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Tagged Anja “Nanna” Venter, Brenda Fassie, comic books, Culture, Femme Magnifique, Lauren Beukes, Lesbian history, lesbian singers, lesbian voices, Lesbians in South Africa, personal stories, representation
Many lesbians and gays have increasingly felt excluded, alienated, even erased by trans dogma, yet when attempting to express genuine concern, they are pathologized, threatened, and publicly slandered. Left Forum cites the safety of trans people as just cause to cancel a panel of critical lesbians, but are conspicuously absent when threats using far more violent language, including bodily threats, are sent to me by the thousands.
Continue reading at: Left Forum Cancels Lesbian Panel Questioning Trans Advocacy Funding (Source)
The star explained that she hoped that coming out would help young people struggling with their sexuality, as well as dispel the idea that homosexuality is “unAfrican”.
“I speak on it because there are so many kids out there that are like that … people always have that notion where they say, ‘Oh, [being gay] is such a Western thing, they are copying it from the movies.’ So, I speak on it because people need to live freer lives.”
“And this is Africa. So, there is still a lot of time before that happens. But if they can look back and be like, ‘Well, Keko was not afraid to be open about it and stand up for herself, then I can just be myself’.”
Continue reading at: Despite facing persecution acclaimed Ugandan rapper Keko comes out as lesbian – MambaOnline – Gay South Africa online (Source)
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Tagged Coming out, Culture, Discrimination, homophobia, Keko, lesbian rapper, lesbian voices, lesbians in music, Lesbians in Uganda, Lesbophobia, representation
Being a lesbian can sometimes be an extremely isolating experience. The purpose of this gathering was to combat that by connecting a group of us to each other, and by using our time spent together to support lesbian artists and celebrate lesbian achievements.
Continue reading at: ACTUALIZE: An Intentional Lesbian Gathering | (Source)
Lesbians have always been at the forefront of the fight for LGBT rights, but sometimes lesbian activist groups were needed to fight for space on lesbian rights and issues. This is because, as Canadian journalist and activist Judy Rebick had noted, that while lesbians were part of the women’s movement, their issues were invisible in the movement. Aside from Daughters of Bilitis to the Lesbian Avengers, here are five more groups that let people know that lesbians can’t be pushed around.
Continue reading at: 5 lesbian activist groups who fought for us | Lesbian News (Source)
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Tagged Combahee River Collective, Discrimination, Furies Collective, Gay Women's Alliance, homophobia, Lavender Menace, lesbian activism, Lesbian activist, Lesbian history, lesbian voices, Lesbians in the U.S., Lesbophobia, Radicalesbians, Salsa Soul Sisters
Kris Perry and Sandy Stier would have loved it. One of the most famous couples in LGBT history as plaintiffs in the historic federal Prop 8 trial, they have nonetheless had their share of lesbian invisibility, even, as they reveal in their new memoir, “Love on Trial: Our Supreme Court Fight For the Right to Marry,” unto themselves.
Continue reading at: Lesbian Visibility Shines Through in Memoir by Federal Prop 8 Plaintiffs (Source)
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Tagged compulsory heterosexuality, Discrimination, homophobia, Kris Perry, lesbian visibility, lesbian voices, Lesbians in the U.S., Lesbophobia, Love on Trial, Marriage equality, Prop 8, Sandy Stier
“It’s good to remember that activism works,” she tells me, “because everyone needs a sense of hope right now.” Cogswell and her former Lesbian Avenger cohorts are hopeful the exhibition will help reignite that DIY activist spark, and bridge the gap between the movement’s history and our current challenges.
Continue reading at: The Lesbian Avengers 25 Years Later: “We Did It, And We Can Do It Again” | NewNowNext (Source)
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Several hundred mourners gathered on Saturday to honor the life of the late Fulton County Commissioner Joan Garner, who died of breast cancer on April 18. Garner was a beloved community figure and the first openly LGBT Fulton County Commissioner.
Garner made an impact in a variety of different communities and circles throughout her life, and speakers at the service at Ebenzer Baptist Church reflected on the legacy she left through her work in neighborhoods, as county commissioner, as an Atlanta intown activist, as a champion for those in need and her work in social justice and LGBT rights.
Continue reading at: City honors life of late Fulton County Commissioner Joan Garner (Source)
In an 18-17 party-line vote, Republican members of the state Senate decided not to confirm her re-appointment by Gov. John Hickenlooper, which, according to The Denver Post, was originally recommended for approval by the Senate State Affairs Committee. For four years, Hess has served on the Civil Rights Commission, and currently acts as its chair.
Continue reading at: Colorado State Senate votes against re-appointment of lesbian Civil Rights Commission chair | The Wire (Source)
The women were also concerned about how difficult it was to get any information about lesbian history through traditional academic channels. Even when it could be found, the research process itself could be dehumanizing, requiring searching under categories like “deviant” and “abnormal.”
Continue reading at: Lesbian Herstory Archives – Brooklyn, New York – Atlas Obscura (Source)
Today is Lesbian Visibility Day, a good day to remember that the “L” in “LGBTQ” is probably the least celebrated and visible of all those ever-expanding letters. The reason for that isn’t hard to identify: lesbians are women. They challenge the root of patriarchy, heterosexist notions of “family,” and porn culture, simply by existing. How much more threatening does it get?
Continue reading at: It’s Lesbian Visibility Day! Stop the erasure of lesbians (today and every day) (Source)
In celebration of lesbian visibility day, here are six real life lesbian adults who are out, proud, and living their best lives.
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In a previous article, Encounter the LGBTI Community: Professional development that excludes lesbian voices, we questioned the lack of lesbian voices for an LGBTI professional development course being held in Melbourne in May. After all comments from people asking why lesbian voices were left off the panel were erased from the organization’s Facebook page, Encounter later responded:
According to Encounter, if you, or someone you know, is interested in representing a lesbian voice for professional development, you can call them to discuss your involvement. Their number is 1300 38 50 20. They also have an online form.