It feels like a cruel irony that Lesbian Day of Visibility comes hot off the heels of an openly gay woman dominating the headlines — for the most tragic of reasons. Journalist Lyra McKee was murdered last week at the riots in Derry, which she attended as part of her extensive reporting of violence in Northern Ireland. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here.
Using those books and the internet, I made you this chart, and compiled the list beneath it. Again, a lot of this information could be false, but it is also possibly true! Barbara Stanwyck pinged hard for her lesbian fans, even in movies where she had to pretend to be in love with a dude.
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A lesbian is a homosexual woman. The concept of "lesbian" to differentiate women with a shared sexual orientation evolved in the 20th century. Throughout history, women have not had the same freedom or independence as men to pursue homosexual relationships, but neither have they met the same harsh punishment as homosexual men in some societies.
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Somehow, the power couples on this list have managed to navigate the often choppy waters of love and life, not only cultivating rewarding and lucrative careers, but also finding someone amazing enough to share the journey with them. Sexuality is a continuum for many and the language we use to describe relationships gets complicated. Some of these women identify as lesbian, others as bisexual or pansexual, but the point of this list is to celebrate successful women who are in or have been in romantic relationships with other successful women.
Would you sleep with a man if he was really, really hot? I can appreciate an attractive man like I can appreciate an attractive coffee table. So what do you actually, you know… do?
Lesbian erasure is the tendency to ignore, remove, falsify, or reexplain evidence of lesbianism in history, academia, the news media, and other primary sources. Lesbians may also be ignored within the LGBT community and their identity may not be acknowledged. Award-winning journalist and author Victoria A. Brownworth wrote that the erasure of lesbian sexuality from historical records "is similar to the erasure of all autonomous female sexuality: women's sexual desire has always been viewed, discussed and portrayed within the construct and purview of the male gaze".
Forget everything you think you know about lesbians. Well, not everything. Some truths remain undeniably unavoidable say, for example, that whole 'being attracted to women' thingbut for some reason our identity also comes with a bunch of misconceptions and stereotypes that range from casually cute to potentially dangerous.