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What Straight People Think Lesbians Look Like (VIDEO)

Jodi Savitz | Posted 01.25.2014 | Gay Voices
Jodi Savitz

2013-11-21-jodisavitzlesbianstereotypesstill.pngHow would unsuspecting passersby answer the question, "What do you think a lesbian looks like?" The on-the-spot question: "Can you name three lesbians in the media or popular-culture?" Some people's answers may surprise you.

The Invisible Epidemic: Lesbians and Cancer

Victoria A. Brownworth | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Victoria A. Brownworth

Now the pink has been put away for another year and breast cancer is no longer in the spotlight. Unless you happen to be a breast cancer survivor or be battling the disease yourself, that is -- like me and millions of other women, many of us lesbians.

U.S. Congregations Report Major Gains in Accepting Gays and Lesbians, Racial, Ethnic Diversity

David Briggs | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
David Briggs

America's pews are becoming dramatically more welcoming to gays and lesbians and increasingly reflective of the nation's racial and ethnic diversity, according to the latest results from a major study of U.S. congregations.

Blue Is The Warmest Color and Sexual Insecurity

Aliza Polkes | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Aliza Polkes

This begs the questions: why is everyone fawning over this movie? Are we so sexually illiterate in film that we feel the need to jump at any portrayal of deviant sexualities -- in this case homosexuality -- and deem them "brilliant" simply because of the subject matter?

The Perils of Heterosexual Rights

Colleen Logan, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Colleen Logan, Ph.D.

Since fighting to be included in the heteronormative model of marriage and then being steamrolled by the heteronormative model of divorce, I've been fighting these systems from the perspective of the "other" mother.

Blue Is the Hottest Color, or France Again Pushes the Envelope

Erica Abeel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Entertainment
Erica Abeel

It would be a damn pity if Blue is the Warmest Color is mainly celebrated for its extended graphic sex scene between two women. This masterful three-hour film is actually about a great deal more.

'I've Just Never Seen So Many Gays In One Place'

Posted 10.14.2013 | Gay Voices

By Biz Hurst for YourTango.com It's an interesting concept for me to date an actual lesbian. I'm 24, and, looking back on my past relationships, I...

The Ties That Bind

Brynn Tannehill | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Brynn Tannehill

Coming out is one of the fundamental experiences that ties LGBT together. We also share the stresses caused by the cognitive dissonance required to live a lie. When we refuse to stick up for one another, we deny the reality and lessons of our own experiences.

Why Straight People 'Think All Lesbians Look Like Rachel Maddow'

Posted 10.08.2013 | Gay Voices

Is "looking gay" ever beneficial to your personal life? That was the question posed on HuffPost Live yesterday. Joining the conversation was dapper...

Why This Lesbian Prefers Country Life To The City

Posted 10.08.2013 | Gay Voices

An Alabama-based lesbian spoke out in support of a recent study which found that gays and lesbians living in metropolitan areas may not be as happy, h...

'Where Have All the Butches Gone?'

Roey Thorpe | Posted 12.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Roey Thorpe

The question is driven in part by nostalgia and in part by a discomfort with what seems to have been a shift in the way that young lesbians think about gender. And the first question often leads to others: Why are all the butches becoming men?

doris davenport's it's like this

Julie R. Enszer | Posted 11.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Julie R. Enszer

davenport's work has been neglected in contemporary literary criticism and retrospectives of poetry from the black arts and women's liberation movements, but it is ripe for a revisiting and a reappraisal. Now readers can have an electronic copy of davenport's iconic it's like this.

Knowing A Woman Likes 'D**k Is A Turn Off'

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rudolph | Posted 09.20.2013 | Gay Voices

A video entitled "What Lesbians Think About Bisexuals" went viral earlier this week and the immediate outraged response amongst many people highlighte...

Should I Pay for a Date Simply Because I Am the Stud?

Nicole Breedlove | Posted 11.06.2013 | Gay Voices
Nicole Breedlove

When I go out on a date, I always have the same dilemma: pay for the dinner or go dutch? Because I am a masculine-identified woman, I usually end up p...

The Worst (And Most Hilarious) Lesbian Stereotypes That Just Won't Die

Posted 08.25.2013 | Gay Voices

By Mary Malia for YourTango.com Lesbians stereotypes: you use them, lesbians use them, we all use them. Stereotypes simplify our thinking about lo...

Being a Part of The Next Generation of Equality Activists

Daniel Raphael | Posted 10.22.2013 | Gay Voices
Daniel Raphael

All my life, I have been raised by lesbians who have been together for 32 years and I assumed most people accepted it. It was not until I got older that I witnessed the kinds of discrimination that gay Americans are subjected to.

Why I Don't Do Pride Anymore

Eden Walker | Posted 10.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Eden Walker

It wasn't neo-Nazis and threats of violence that stopped me from going to Pride. It wasn't the commercialization of Pride that deterred me from staking my claim to my part of the LGBTQI space. It was a butch lesbian with a bouncer's badge.

Labled From the Outside, Finding an Identity on the Inside

Katy Butler | Posted 10.13.2013 | Gay Voices
Katy Butler

When I recently started falling for a guy, it shattered my world. I had always liked girls. I was a lesbian. But I knew that the feelings I had for this man were real when I felt my heart leap every time I walked into class and saw him. I had felt the same way about women in the past.

Why Do Straight Feminists Hate Lesbians?

Victoria A. Brownworth | Posted 10.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Victoria A. Brownworth

The culture of lesbian erasure that has flourished in the past few years has become deeply and disturbingly entrenched in straight, liberal feminism. Lesbians have become politically anathema. We're expected to support the abortion-rights movement, but there's no reciprocity.

Lesbians and Rape: Another Coming-Out Story

Victoria A. Brownworth | Posted 09.22.2013 | Gay Voices
Victoria A. Brownworth

We don't have corrective rape in America. But lesbians get raped; I'm not the only one. We have to speak out, break that awful silence. It's yet another coming-out process. It is also the first step toward reclaiming our lives.

Praise for Annie Rachele Lanzillotto's Writing

Michael Carosone | Posted 09.17.2013 | Gay Voices
Michael Carosone

I had the privilege of attending one of Annie Rachele Lanzillotto's events for her two new books: her memoir, L Is for Lion: An Italian Bronx Butch Fr...

Mastering in Love: LGBT Dating and the Journey to the Ring

Nicholas Marlin | Posted 09.16.2013 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Marlin

Instead of dating to find Mr. or Mrs. Right, date to learn more about yourself and what makes you happy. Make it less about getting the ring and more about discovering what makes you want to give someone a ring. And use each relationship to hone in on what your ideal life will be like.

7 Signs of a Gay-Friendly Congregation

David Briggs | Posted 09.07.2013 | Religion
David Briggs

It is difficult to stereotype. Individual congregations, not denominations, ultimately decide how they will respond to gay and lesbian worshippers.

Is This The Most Surprising Issue For Lesbian Couples?

Posted 07.05.2013 | Gay Voices

By Christine Dunn-Cunningham for YourTango.com Beth thought her girlfriend Sue had been acting differently. Ever since Sue started spending more t...

First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage Equality

Nicholas Marlin | Posted 09.02.2013 | Gay Voices
Nicholas Marlin

"Frank and Nikki sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G." Almost everyone knows the rest of this song: "First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes th...