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It's #InternationalLesbianDay!
Here is a thread on iconic lesbians in history, past and present.
I hope you will show your allyship by reading and sharing. πŸ“Œ

#Lesbians have been with us for centuries.
This sweet couple was photographed in 1907.

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19th c lesbians lived together in what were called #BostonMarriages.
Some (straight) historians have tried to de-gay them and erase their lesbian sexuality, agency and history. But they were still lesbians.

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#InternationalLesbianDay
Democratic women have long been in the forefront of radical change in America.
#DrAliceHamilton was a physician, scientist, social reformer & #lesbian. Her work created #OSHA. Hamiliton focused on the health of #immigrant women.

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#InternationalLesbianDay
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Grotesque #torture.

One of thousands of examples of men torturing women and girls for their own erotic pleasure.

#Footbinding wasn't outlawed until the 1950s. The perfect lotus-blossom foot was 3inches long. It was done to girls at age 6. It kept women captive for centuries.
In the #footbinding process (it appears in my last novel, #OrdinaryMayhem) the girl's foot is bent backwards, so that her toes are underneath the sole of the foot.

It is then bound tightly to keep it in place.

The pain was described as excruciating and crippling.
@jaydakblack is a comic who thinks #footbinding is hilarious.

I'm certain he wouldn't think so if he'd been walking on feet like these since he was six.

Joking about the torture of women and girls perpetuates the cycle of #ViolenceAgainstWomen.

Don't do it.
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Happy #Pride
I was expelled from my all-girls high school for being a #lesbian & put in a mental hospital for #conversiontherapy.

I became an #LGBT activist to prevent that from happening to other girls like I was.
Yet conversion therapy is still legal.
Happy #Pride
I memorialize every #lesbian who died hidden in the shadows because of #homophobia, who was forced into compulsory heterosexuality, who was made to live a lie. You deserved better. We honor you by making a safer world for lesbians today. Amen.
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On #Pride I think of the #lesbian who became my mentor. She propelled me forward into lesbian #feminist writing. #AudreLorde opened a door for me I didn't know existed. I am so grateful she was in my life and left such a legacy for #lesbians.
lambdaliterary.org/features/oped/… …
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There was no #LesbianVisibilityDay when I was 16.
I was expelled from my all-girls high school for being a #lesbian & put in a mental hospital for #conversiontherapy.

I became an #LGBT activist to prevent that from happening to other girls like I was.
On #LesbianVisibilityDay I memorialize every #lesbian who died hidden in the shadows because of #homophobia, who was forced into compulsory heterosexuality, who was made to live a lie. You deserved better and we honor you by making a safer world for lesbians now, today. Amen. πŸ’œ
One of America's greatest poets was a #lesbian--#AdrienneRich. When she died March 27, 2012, I wrote this tribute to her, illuminating her work and life.
#LesbianVisibilityDay

Diving into the Wreck: A Remembrance of Adrienne Rich
lambdaliterary.org/features/rem/0…
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