Where ARE ALL THE LESBIANS?
Just this summer we found out that The L Word is making a comeback with a whole new set of characters, an announcement met equally with cheers and criticism. Despite reports that millennials are the "gayest generation," this reboot comes at a time when lesbian bars are closing across the country and the number of articles on the slow decline of those identifying as lesbian has been increasing. With that in mind, it may not be surprising that finding lesbian representation online has proven to be difficult. Lesbians haven’t gone anywhere, so why is it so hard to find social-media accounts that uplift lesbian voices, culture, and history? To combat that lack of visibility, here are a few of the social-media accounts that are filling the void.
Below: 1. @h_e_r_s_t_o_r_y 2. photo by @saskiany via @lesbianherstoryarchives 3. illustration by @laurarosenbaumillustration via @autostraddle 4. @gomagazine
Herstory highlights lesbian culture, from “pop culture to high art,” with images dating back to the 1800s. Followers can look forward to vintage film stills, photographs, pins, journal excerpts, and magazine covers and spreads, as well as sprinklings of contemporary images. Accounts and projects like Herstory are hard to come by, which makes efforts like these even more relevant and important. (Yes, that is an invitation to start your own.)
2. Lesbian Herstory Archives
Located in Park Slope, Brooklyn, Lesbian Herstory Archives is “the world’s largest collection of materials by and about lesbians and their communities.” Its archives are unparalleled, available online, and open for use by request. Followers can check out some of its vintage t-shirt collection, peer into the Japanese-english Dyketionary, and take a look at Joan Jubela’s 1980 “softball box.”
Award-winning lesbian website and feminist online community Autostraddle
Lesbians haven’t gone anywhere, so why is it so hard to find social-media accounts that uplift lesbian voices, culture, and history?
has been making waves since its inception in 2009. Autostraddle’s Instagram account features updates on its latest essays; snapshots from Dinah Shore and the GLAAD awards red carpet; photos of readers who submit to its Queer irl gallery; Saturday comics; new merch alerts; and much more.
4. GO Magazine
GO Magazine calls itself “the cultural roadmap for city girls everywhere,” and in providing the free lesbian magazine to women in 25 cities, it’s a well-earned title. Following GO Magazine’s Instagram feels like following your best friend who posts a lot of relevant, necessary, and funny memes, but they also post film stills, the latest in lgbtq news, protest photos, and, of course, the best of Dinah.
This article first appeared online for Lesbian Visibility Day, 2017. Read the full version at bitchmedia.org.