BLOG: Celebrating Lesbian Visibility Week

22/04/2024

Lesbian Visibility Week

Lesbian Visibility Week is from 22 to 28 April. This week is about celebrating and uplifting lesbians, and women and non-binary people in the LGBTQIA+ community.

Why do we need Lesbian Visibility Week?

As a queer woman, most of my school years took place under Section 28, a law which meant it was illegal for educators to ‘promote homosexuality’. In practice, this meant that it was never spoken about. ‘Lesbian’ was a playground insult and felt like a dirty word. This meant that it took me a long time to fully understand and embrace my identity and I would have never really imagined that I’d end up marrying a woman.

In many ways, things have progressed since the early 2000s. Equal marriage became legal in 2013. In 2019, English schools introduced LGBTQIA+ inclusive Relationships and Sex Education. However, for young people growing up today there are still many challenges.

Young People’s Perspectives

Working in schools across Wakefield, I create safe spaces in which young people can explore identity. I asked a group of LGBTQIA+ young people why we need Lesbian Visibility Week and here is what they answered:

  • ‘People make a lot of assumptions, like they think all lesbians are masculine.’
  • ‘We still get fetishised all the time. People think it’s hot.’’
  • ‘A lot of bullying goes on and people use slurs all the time.’
  • ‘People forget that trans and non-binary people can be lesbians too’.

How can you support?

There are various campaigns on the Stonewall website for lesbian equality, including IVF access and banning conversion therapy: 6 campaigns for lesbian equality you should know about | Stonewall

Staff Rainbow Network

If you’d like to join our Staff Rainbow Network and help us plan for Pride, please feel free to get in touch at:  s.millar-pollock@spectrum-cic.nhs.uk

 

Steph Millar-Pollock (she/her)

LGBTQIA+ Young Person’s Wellbeing Practitioner

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