Where ARE ALL THE LES­BIANS?

Bitch: A Feminist Response to Pop Culture - - DEPARTMENT OF EVERYTHING - —ASH­LEY DU­CHEMIN

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

1. Her­story

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.”

3. Au­tostrad­dle

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.

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