Introducing “Lily’s College Lesbianage,” the first of many columns to come about lesbian college life all over the world . This week, Lily finds heteronormativity alive and well, even at Barnard, and copes with the anxiety of being a freshman lesbian weirdo surrounded by new people in a new city.
The Philippines is widely regarded as Asia’s most gay-friendly country. So why are its lesbians forced to marry men, submerge desire and stay in the closet?
Our last installment of exciting and surprising stories of “When I Knew” – true lesbian awakenings … with an opportunity for you too to share your story!
When did you know you were gay? Kate McKinnon found her inner gay on the X-Files, Rachel Maddow used “rational deduction” — and Autostraddle presents our own personal stories of sexual awakening.
Riese tells one of many versions of her story, Laneia tells the whole truth and nothing but the truth. The latter is the most important thing we’ve ever published on Autostraddle.
“In my years with the Minneapolis Lesbian Avengers, we defaced anti-choice billboards, participated in visibility actions at schools, constructed a giant paper machè bomb piñata filled with lube and dental dams, helped plan the first of many Dyke Marches, designed and built a boat out of milk cartons for the Aquatennial Milk Carton Boat Race (dubbed The “Lez Boat” and pronounced with a hard “z” – no mystery there) and ate fire on countless occasions.”
“I wanted to stay there forever and start from scratch. I wanted us to go back and live like these people did because it was just so much cooler. Everyone around me was shifting — people got a little quieter, some slowly broke from their group to sit on the hill, and some people walked to the center of the field and just stood motionless. I think it also helped that a few hundred feet away stood Mount Olympus. You guys, History!!
“Upon hearing that I’m not a regular, she is quick to whip out some Sly lesbian folklore; her ex-girlfriend alleges she once saw Ruby Rose and Jess Veronica make out in the very spot that we were standing. Her ex was probs also at Woodstock.”
Here, being able to hold a conversation while looking over your friends’ shoulders is a must-have skill. I point this out to a girl named Mel, who laughs and agrees, “We’ve been having a conversation for about ten minutes, but the whole time I’ve been looking over there.”
“The plan was simple: get to Germany, soak up the city for the first evening, see as much of Berlin as possible the next day before attending brilliant Metric show, seduce Emily Haines, stay up all night in the city that never sleeps and fly back to Nantes at 7 A.M.”