It’s Pride Month and we’re celebrating lesbians around the world. Like other members of the LGBTQ+ community, lesbians have faced oppression and discrimination for centuries. Lesbians were also closely linked to the women’s movement for decades, even when they protested their exclusion from these movements in the late 1960s and early 1970s. During this period of women’s liberation, some activists , including Betty Friedan who was then president of the National Organization for Women, opposed the inclusion of lesbians in the movement. She was reportedly the first to use the phrase “lavender menace”, which inspired a protest at the Second Congress to Unite Women on May 1, 1970. This protest proved to be a turning point for second-wave feminism, while the now recognized lesbian movement and lesbian feminism.
In recent decades, lesbians have made great strides in media representation. In 1997, Ellen DeGeneres made history by publicly appearing on the cover of Time Magazine and then again on her “Ellen” television series. It was groundbreaking for its time and DeGeneres faced a lot of backlash, however, it certainly opened the doors to more lesbian-centric programming. In 2004, “The L Word” premiered on Showtime and featured the first television cast of lesbian and bisexual women. The show ran for six seasons and spawned a reality show, “The Real L Word” and a sequel TV series, “The L Word: Generation Q”. Over the past twenty years, we’ve also seen a number of lesbian relationships portrayed positively on mainstream TV shows, including “Grey’s Anatomy”, “Glee”, “Jane the Virgin”, “Orange Is the New Black” , “Riverdale”, “Euphoria” and “The Walking Dead”.
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