Lesbians - The Backbone of the LGBT+ Community

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At every Pride event, I am asked to help explain the various LGBT+ labels, flags, colors, etc. to help people better understand all the shades of our vibrant rainbow. So I figured it will be helpful to include some info pages on our site so we can all understand and support one another even more!

So, welcome to LGBT+ 101 - the education series where we learn about all things Queer!

Today, we're diving into the vibrant world of lesbians.

What's a Lesbian, Anyway? A lesbian is someone who identifies as a woman and is romantically, emotionally, and/or sexually attracted to other women. 

Colors of Lesbian Pride 🌈 Every flag has a story, and the lesbian pride flag is no exception.

  1. Dark Orange Stripe: The top stripe is usually a dark orange or red-orange color. This stripe represents gender non-conformity and independence within the lesbian community. It celebrates those who don't conform to traditional gender roles.

  2. Light Orange Stripe: The second stripe is a lighter shade of orange, often described as peach or salmon. It symbolizes community, reflecting the idea that lesbians are not alone in their identity and experiences. It's a reminder of the support and solidarity found among lesbian individuals.

  3. White Stripe: The middle stripe is white, representing gender diversity and inclusion. It acknowledges that gender identity can be fluid and that lesbians can have a variety of gender expressions.

  4. Pink Stripe: The second-to-last stripe is a brighter shade of pink. This stripe signifies serenity and peace. It represents love and romance between women, highlighting the affection and emotional connections within lesbian relationships.

  5. Dark Pink Stripe: The bottom stripe is a deep pink or cranberry color. This stripe represents femininity and the strength of women. It's a symbol of empowerment and resilience within the lesbian community.

Unveiling Lesbian Symbols

  • Lesbians often use a labrys (a double-headed axe) as a symbol. Historically, the labrys was a weapon used by the Amazons, who were known for their fierce independence and warrior spirit. It's a nod to the strength and resilience of lesbian communities.

  • The Double Venus symbol is a modification of the traditional female gender symbol, featuring two interlocking Venus symbols. It represents lesbian identity and love between women, serving as a visual symbol of pride and solidarity within the lesbian community.

Key Terms for Lesbians

  • Butch: A lesbian who expresses themselves in a more masculine way.
  • Femme: A lesbian who embraces their femininity.
  • Lipstick Lesbian: A lesbian who's into a more glam and traditionally feminine style.
  • Stud: A term often used for masculine-presenting lesbians.

Famous Lesbians Who Rocked the World

  • Ellen DeGeneres: The queen of comedy and an LGBTQ+ icon.
  • Sappho: An ancient Greek poet often referred to as the "Tenth Muse" and an early symbol of lesbianism.
  • Virginia Woolf: A literary legend whose work explored same-sex relationships.

Fun Lesbian Facts

  1. The term "lesbian" is derived from the Greek island of Lesbos, the birthplace of the poet Sappho, who celebrated love between women in her verses.
  2. The word "sapphic" comes from Sappho's name and is used to describe love between women.
  3. In ancient Rome, lesbians were thought to be immune to the evil eye.

We hope this little journey into the world of lesbians has enlightened and inspired you. 🌟

Remember, at PrideBox, we're all about love, diversity, and embracing your authentic self. So whether you're a lesbian, an ally, or just a lover of LGBTQ+ culture, we're here to celebrate YOU! 🏳️‍🌈💖

Stay tuned for more LGBTQ+ info right here at PrideBox! 🌈✨

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