Lesbophobia is homophobia with a side-order of sexism. It’s homophobia directed particularly at lesbians. It’s the belief that women should look and behave in specific ways – keep rules that lesbians break simply by being. It can be casual or it can be violent. It happens in schools, workplaces, pubs and shops – on the street and in our own homes.
We mean those comments you heard on the TV drama that implied that all lesbians are ugly and badly dressed, or that lesbian sex is glorified foreplay; the “quips” from your gay male co-worker who uses the word lesbian as if it was an insult and the evil-eye you get from straight men and women when you kiss your girlfriend in public. We also mean the straight-up verbal and physical abuse we experience at the other end of the scale.
We’ve had it up to here with people telling us how great it is for lesbians now, and trying to shame us or shut us up when we talk about the treatment and discrimination we still face.
So come on and add your stories to our blog or Tweet us at @EverydayLesboph and help us to document the widespread prejudice and predators faced by lesbians in the UK and all over the world.
Share the website and our Twitter handle @EverydayLesboph, so we can report in DIVA and elsewhere on the problem we live with on a daily basis. Think of the website as a friendly drop-in where you’ll get a virtual cuppa and be among people who know how it feels.
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