"The problem is that when you have these accusations that come out," Florida Lt. Governor Jennifer Carroll told Tampa 10, "it's not just one person you're attacking. It's an entire family. My husband doesn't want to hear that. He knows the type of woman I am. I mean, my kids know the type of woman I am... Usually black women that look like me don't engage in relationships like that."

While the allegations that Carroll and her female travel aide were in a "compromising position" in Carroll's capitol office may be seen as an attack on her family, Carroll's defense -- that she couldn't have engaged in homosexual acts because she doesn't look like a lesbian -- is being seen as an attack on the lesbian community at large and the black lesbian community in particular.

"You have labeled lesbian gender expression as being deviant," Alysia, a self-identified black feminine lesbian woman wrote to the Lt. Governor, "and have both denied and revoked black lesbian femininity. Since I don't have a visual lesbian identifier you have tried to silence me." Another woman, Jaye, wrote, "Black women who are professional, well educated, well spoken and well dressed just might be lesbians, too!"

In response to Carroll's statements, we tweeted for lesbian women to post pictures of themselves on Twitter (inspired by renowned singer, activist and HuffPost Gay Voices reader @doriaroberts) with the hashtag #ThisIsWhatALesbianLooksLike, to show, as one respondent put it, that lesbians come in "all colors, all sizes, all hairstyles!"

Check out the absolutely inspiring slideshow of responses below, let us know what you think of the Lt. Governor's defense and keep the conversation going on Twitter and in the comments section below.

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  • Dear Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll, As a black feminine lesbian woman, I would like to thank you. I would also like to inform you that black lesbians look just like you. Within your moment of ignorance you have reminded me why being visible and remaining visible is so important. You have labeled lesbian gender expression as being deviant, and have both denied and revoked black lesbian femininity. Since I don't have a visual lesbian identifier you have tried to silence me. As a femme I walk through the world with a sense of invisibility because some may automatically assume that I am straight. By claiming my femme identity and speaking about the invisibility I face, I hope to create a safer and more free flowing existence for other femme identified lesbians and queer women. I hope that this action outweighs the influence of your ignorance. - Alysia Gradney

  • <a href="https://‏twitter.com/j_pesek" target="_hplink">‏@j_pesek</a>: @huffpostgay ‪#ThisIsWhatALesbianLooksLike‬

  • <a href="https://twitter.com/Jessi_chemlab" target="_hplink">@Jessi_chemlab</a>: Late to the game but ‪#ThisIsWhatALesbianLooksLike‬

  • <a href="https://twitter.com/sylviatwits" target="_hplink">@sylviatwits</a>: ‪#thisiswhatalesbianlookslike‬...

  • Jaye

    Dear Lt. Gov. Homophobe - Black women who are professional, well educated, well spoken and well dressed just might be lesbians, too!

  • <a href="https://twitter.com/asianintheair" target="_hplink">@asianintheair</a>: @huffpostgay FYI: @ltgovcarroll ‪#ThisIsWhatALesbianLooksLike‬ Breaking stereotypes one lesbian at a time.

  • <a href="https://twitter.com/GSand1804" target="_hplink">@GSand1804</a> Open Letter to Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carrol <a href="http://adauphin04.wordpress.com/2012/07/16/open-letter-to-lt-gov-jennifer-carroll/" target="_hplink">http://wp.me/pZYmb-5R</a> ‪#ThisIsWhatALesbianLooksLike‬

  • <a href="https://twitter.com/zekaralie" target="_hplink">@zekaralie</a>: One of the most humorous hashtags I've had the pleasure of tweeting (@huffpostgay) ‪#ThisIsWhatALesbianLooksLike‬

  • <a href="https://twitter.com/thisquietcity" target="_hplink">@thisquietcity</a>: Hey @ltgovcarroll, #thisiswhatalesbianlookslike! And guess what, I'm moving to your state in 2 weeks.

  • Hope F.: The moment I wanted to be the "Dad" when I played house with the girls in kindergarden, I knew I was different. The Dad's got a kiss goodbye from the Mommy when he left for work. How awesome was that? I could get a kiss and not be looked at wierd. I came out as a Queer Lesbian when I was 19 years old and haven't looked back. This is What a Black Lesbian Looks Like.

  • Louren R.: Good luck with this project! That woman is unbelievable.

  • Angela & Emily T.: Real lesbians look like real people.....that love each other.

  • Sandy (left), Halima (right): This is what a black lesbian inlove looks like.

  • Christine S.: Very proud of my family and of being a lesbian!!

  • <a href="https://twitter.com/tess_tangents" target="_hplink">@tess_tangents</a>: @huffpostgay #thisiswhatalesbianlookslike

  • <a href="https://twitter.com/ClillaryHinton1" target="_hplink">@ClillaryHinton1</a>: @huffpostgay ‪#ThisIsWhatALesbianLooksLike‬

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  • <a href="https://twitter.com/Wilson_Meghan" target="_hplink">@Wilson_Meghan</a>: @huffpostgay ‪#thisiswhatalesbianlookslike‬

  • <a href="https://twitter.com/cbossberry" target="_hplink">@CBossenberry</a>: Dear, @LtGovCarroll ‪#ThisIsWhatALesbianLooksLike‬

  • <a href="https://twitter.com/ArykanotErika" target="_hplink">@ArykanotErika</a>: @huffpostgay ‪#thisiswhatalesbianlookslike‬

  • <a href="https://twitter.com/cereusarts" target="_hplink">@cereusarts</a>: @huffpostgay #THISISWHATALEsbianLooksLike #Revival2012

  • <a href="https://twitter.com/QueerieBradshaw" target="_hplink">@QueerieBradshaw</a>: Hey @ltgovcarroll , ‪#ThisIsWhatALesbianLooksLike‬ @huffpostgay

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  • <a href="https://twitter.com/gradly" target="_hplink">@gradly</a>

  • <a href="https://twitter.com/rmd172" target="_hplink">@rmd172</a>: Hi @LtGovCarroll ‪#ThisIsWhatALesbianLooksLike‬ when she visits Cali. @doriaroberts @huffpostgay

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  • <a href="https://twitter.com/ashleydp" target="_hplink">@ashleydp</a>: @huffpostgay ‪#ThisIsWhatALesbianLooksLike‬ we are all colors, all sizes, all hairstyles! Welcome to the 21st century!

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  • <a href="https://twitter.com/MaureenWillmann" target="_hplink">@MaureenWillmann</a>: Hey @LtGovCarroll, #ThisisWhataLesbianLooksLike in her backyard.

  • <a href="https://twitter.com/StaceyDesro" target="_hplink">@StaceyDesro</a>: #ThisIsWhatALesbianLooksLike People are ignorant...like the woman from Florida. There is NO "look"! ;)