Lesbian Visibility Day
As a lesbian I had a moment of ignorance this morning when I posted on my twitter “Happy Happy Lesbian Visibility Day”, when it just dawned on me that there are so many women out there who are hiding their sexuality from the world needed to live in the shadows or as we love to say “in the closet”.
Truth is, for most women who identify as lesbian it isn’t easy to just stand on the roof tops and scream out, “I’m a lesbian”!!! I for one should know this, coming from a country where correctional rape is a thing especially in the rural areas. Where woman are targeted and told they will be raped straight. Never mind the sad affairs of my own home country, there are countries all over the world where being a homosexual is illegal, where being a lesbian will get you stoned and or outcasted.
This little piece is for all the lesbians, be it that you are out or not, more so to the ones who aren’t. Who can’t come out for the many different reasons; family, society, work and or the government of the country you live in. This post is for you. This post is to remind you about those who are out, those who came out back in history, those who revolutionised being a lesbian, those who fought, bled, died for our now freedom. This post is to let you know that if you feel like you are alone, you are not. This post is to thank all the lesbians going back in history for all that they did, all those lesbians who are never spoken of and all those brave lesbians who have been wiped from history. Because unfortunately, no matter the sexual orientation, men always come first and I’m sure you’ve heard of many a gay man who has revolutionised history. Am I right? But what about where it all came from for us lesbians? What about the lesbians who bravely fought for our rights when it was unheard of to be a lesbian? We never thank Sappho born in 615 BC on the Greek Island of Lesbos (where the word Lesbian originated) – she was a poet who constantly wrote about her yearning for women. Or Gladys Bentley, a blues singer who married a woman publicly in 1931, or Patricia Highsmith who in 1952 published the novel “The Price of Salt” which inspired the movie ‘Carol’. What about Bev Ditsie, South African lesbian activist who was the first Black female lesbian to assist in putting together the first Johannesburg Pride back in 1991. The list is endless, and the women’s names forgotten. Well, or so they think. We see you, we salute you and we thank you for changing history and making today easier for us to embrace our true selves. Those who have passed on and those who are still alive, we thank you!
And finally, to those who have bled for us, who have been killed by horrible human beings, who have been tortured and maimed – we truly do salute you, we thank you and we respect you for all that you have done for us.
Let us continue to be a force to be reckoned with, not only are we lesbians, but we are WOMEN!!!