Lesbian Visibility Day
Lesbian Visibility Day is a an annual event where we observe, celebrate and bring visibility to lesbians internationally. First observed back in 2008 to ensure the lesbian community was more visible, the day has since expanded into an annual observation week.
Lesbian Visibility Week
Lesbian Visibility Week continues the theme of sharing our solidarity with all LGBTQI women within the community, whilst also celebrating lesbians worldwide. It's an extension to recognise, celebrate and most importantly support lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer women across the UK and beyond to be their true selves at work, at home and socially.
It's vital to ensure that Lesbian Visibility Week is utilised to create a voice of unity and to lift up all women across the globe, especially those who come from marginalised communities.
Within recent research carried out by Pride Matters, gay women are almost twice as unlikely to be out in their workplace when compared to gay male colleagues.
What is Lesbianism?
A lesbian is a woman who is physically and/or romantically attracted to other women, with Lesbianism being a form of homosexuality. The word "lesbian" comes from the name of the Greek island Lesbos where Sappho was born. Sappho was an ancient Greek woman who wrote poems that included homosexual themes.
Did you know? The first mention of lesbianism in history dates back to the Code of Hammurabi, a Babylonian code of laws from around 1700 B.C.
Difference between lesbian pride flags
There has been much debate on which flag should represent Lesbianism with there being numerous renditions over the years.
This flag is commonly used and known as the "lesbian pride flag" on our website and throughout the community. Although it was originally created with the lipstick/femme flag with the later edited at a later date to remove the lipstick mark. For this reason many believe that it isn't completely representative.
Known identified as the latest most commonly used lesbian flag and called the "new lesbian pride flag" on our website. This flag evolves whilst still catering for butch lesbians with the orange and for femmes with the pink, whilst also encompassing trans lesbians.
This flag was introduced on Tumblr in 2018, with the colours dark orange representing gender non-conformity, orange for independence, light orange for community, white for unique relationships to womanhood, pink for serenity and peace, dusty pink for love and sex, with dark rose being for femininity. This five-striped version was soon derived from these 2018 colours.
Get involved with Lesbian Visibility Week
Like other visibility and awareness days, there's many ways you can get involved with Lesbian Visibility Week! There are tonnes of free events throughout the week! Explore all Lesbian Visibility Week events here.
Lesbian clothing & accessories
You can shop a full range of lesbian clothing and accessories at Joshua Lloyd for any pride event or for everyday use! Now identified as the UK's fastest growing gender neutral, inclusive fashion brand, we're constantly brining out the latest products so stay tuned!