Brought to you by WHA’s LGBTQ+ Employees and Allies Resource Group.
Happy Lesbian Visibility Day!
Lesbian Visibility Day is recognized and celebrated internationally each year on April 26th, with some observances extending the week from April 25th through May 1. While comparably little is known of the origins and evolution of these observances, in the spirit of bringing visibility to the beauty and diversity of the whole LGBTQIA+ spectrum—today we honor, celebrate and bring awareness to lesbian identities and issues.
In the U.S., one of the longest standing observances occurs in West Hollywood, California and today is known as Lesbian and Queer Women Visibility Week. As one city official put it, “Visibility and awareness are critical tools to help us uplift and celebrate our vibrant LBGTQ community. As various states enact ‘Don’t Say Gay’ bans, I’m proud that here in West Hollywood we not only say ‘gay’ loudly, but we say it proudly.”
Education, resources and action
- Learn more about lesbian health issues and why it’s important to come out to your doctor
- Read up on lesbian history and feminism
- Check out Portland’s very own Wikipedia page dedicated to local LGBTQ culture
- Stock up on LGBTQ+ inclusive children’s books
- Create your own queer female and lesbian playlist with these recommendations
- Learn more about threats to the civil and human rights of lesbians and LGBTQ individuals and families and take action
- Find resources and support in Portland
Did you know? This version of the lesbian pride flag was designed in 2018 by Emily Gwen. Ranging from orange to magenta, each stripe has a specific meaning: