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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
- 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.
- The word "sapphic" comes from Sappho's name and is used to describe love between women.
- 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! 🌈✨