AfterEllen Editor Trish Bendix Explains The Complicated Politics Of The Word 'Lesbian'

06/08/2015 04:23 pm ET | Updated Jun 08, 2015

In an era of sweeping progress for gay rights both nationally and internationally, the LGBT community is becoming more free and, therefore, more openly diverse. Sectors of the community that were formerly on the fringes are now becoming more mainstream than ever, as evidenced by the overwhelmingly positive response to Caitlyn Jenner's debut. But as new terms evolve for describing one's sexuality, where does that leave words like "lesbian" or "gay," which once seemed appropriately all-encompassing?

In the video above, HuffPost Live's Nancy Redd talks with AfterEllen editor-in-chief Trish Bendix about why some lesbians "hate the word 'lesbian'" and why the terminology is so complicated.

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