April 26th, 2020 – Lesbian Visibility Day
One might ask why set apart Lesbian’s from the LGBT community? Why do they need a “special” day dedicated to their visibility?
First and foremost – not all lesbians look, act, or have the same lifestyle. Lesbians come from many diverse backgrounds and communities just like any other identity. Sometimes society tries to categorize individuals as a lesbian based on if they look more masculine or say someone is not a lesbian because they are “too feminine.” As a result, many lesbians feel hidden or invisible.
There are so many identities and descriptors of lesbians in today’s society. One can be described as butch, femme, lipstick, chapstick, hasbian, you name it Urban dictionary is sure to use it. In my opinion, all these descriptors do is further divide us as lesbians and as members of the LGBTQ community.
Lesbian Visibility Day is a day for members of the Lesbian community to forget what makes us different and come together as a community to educate society about our identity. It is a day to celebrate diversity but also to honor the intersectionality of our identity and community.
By celebrating this day as a community we are also bringing visibility to the equality that we are still fighting for as members of the LGBTQ Community. Equality in rights and in representation. Too often the media and entertainment industry features a stereotypical fashion. Lesbian Visibility Day urges media, entertainment, literature, art, etcetera to stop marginalizing lesbians and feature us and our family types as such a vital part of communities and society.
Lesbian Visibility Day will be a crucial day for my daughter regardless of how she identifies because it allows her to see her lesbian mothers advocating for representation, equality, and visibility. Think about how often you see your family make-up represented in commercials, children’s books, TV shows, or movies. Now think about how often you see my type of family represented (two moms and a daughter). Not often. And when you do, it is usually followed by political rhetoric against the brand or company.
So today, April 26, Lesbian Visibility Day, even if you aren’t a lesbian tell a lesbian or any member of the LGBTQ community that you SEE them and they are not invisible. But go a step further and fight every day for lesbians and LGBTQ identifying individuals to never feel invisible and maybe one day we won’t need a day dedicated to visibility.