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  Lesbian Health
Lesbians are found among all subpopulations of women, and are represented in all racial and ethnic groups, all socioeconomic strata, and all ages.
Lesbians are less likely to report having used oral contraceptives between the ages of 25 and 35 (only 16.7%), which may put them at greater risk for breast, endometrial and ovarian cancers.
Lesbians without health insurance are significantly more likely to report heart disease, to smoke, to have eating disorders (either overeating or undereating), to be victims of physical and sexual abuse and anti-gay violence, and to be less likely to have a Pap test.
www.4woman.gov /owh/pub/factsheets/Lesbian.htm   (1951 words)

 glaad: Fair, Accurate and Inclusive Representation
Episcopal Church Could Elect First Lesbian Bishop This Weekend — Nov. 8, 2007
Lesbian Ministers Take an Amazing Race — Nov. 2, 2007 [ more ]
Harry Potter Author J. Rowling Reveals Dumbledore is Gay — Oct. 22, 2007 [ more ]
www.glaad.org   (549 words)

  Empirical Studies Specifically Related to Lesbian & Gay Parents & Their Children
Although those from lesbian families were more likely to explore same-sex relationships, particularly if their childhood family environment was characterized by an openness and acceptance of lesbian and gay relationships, the large majority of children who grew up in lesbian families identified as heterosexual.
Thirty lesbian mother families and 42 families headed by a single heterosexual mother were compared with 41 two-parent heterosexual families using standardized interview and questionnaire measures of the quality of parenting and the socioemotional development of the child.
Lesbian mothers tended to assume a principal role in child-care responsibility regardless of whether the caregiver and breadwinner roles were shared with a live-in partner.
www.apa.org /pi/lgbc/publications/lgpstspec.html   (7108 words)

 American Civil Liberties Union : Lesbian Gay Rights
CHICAGO –; A Chicago woman denied access to a City-funded homeless shelter on a cold November evening because she is a lesbian is challenging the blatant discrimination she experienced.
BOSTON - Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley recently made a forthright statement of her well-founded legal judgment in a speech to the Massachusetts Lesbian and Gay Bar Association: marriage equality in the Commonwealth must be defended in the event that a proposed constitutional amendment survives the next legislative step onto the ballot.
The Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has requested the statewide policy change in response to demands by the American Civil Liberties Union on behalf of a gay man who was told by prison officials that domestic partners were barred from family visits.
www.aclu.org /LesbianGayRights/LesbianGayRightsMain.cfm   (1184 words)

 Gay and Lesbian Health Information on Healthline
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals are as diverse as the general population in terms of race, ethnicity, age, religion, education, income, and family history.
It is generally accepted, however, that gay men and lesbians are sexually attracted to or participate in sexual behaviors with individuals of the same gender, while bisexual men and women are sexually attracted to or participate in sexual behaviors with individuals of both genders.
It has been shown that lesbians are more likely than heterosexual women to be obese, have a higher body mass index (BMI), and have higher rates of smoking, but are also more likely to have a healthier body image (42% compared to 21% of heterosexual women).
www.healthline.com /galecontent/gay-and-lesbian-health   (2041 words)

 Issues in Psychotherapy with Lesbian and Gay Men: A Survey of Psychologists
A lesbian client dropped her male therapist who said in vengeance to her disclosure that she was Ainto women that I don't care, I have a client who is Ainto dogs.
A lesbian couple, seeking relationship therapy, was advised that such therapy was not applicable to their Atype of relationship, that it should not be considered a permanent relationship, and that they might consider going to Agay bars to meet other people like themselves.
Many ethnic minority gay and lesbian clients have expressed much frustration and feelings of isolation in the gay community and tend to [attribute to themselves feelings that] it is related to [their] being gay rather than the racism they experience.
www.apa.org /pi/lgbc/publications/issues.html   (6645 words)

 Urban Dictionary: lesbian
Lesbians are NOT necessarily man-hating, not ALWAYS feminists, and do NOT always have penis fear or envy.
Lesbians are of any "posse" any religions, any denomination because (yes) they are normal people.
Some guys that have their heads up their asses seem to think that lesbians are women you havn't ever had sex with a man before.
www.urbandictionary.com /define.php?term=lesbian   (1017 words)

 glbtq >> literature >> Novel: Lesbian
More broadly, lesbian novels, by questioning gender norms, debating what it means to be a woman in our society, and questioning dominant values, have not only depicted the lesbian community but also helped to constitute it.
As important as authorship in defining the lesbian novel is audience reception; although the audience does not have to be exclusively lesbian, the book should have particular appeal for lesbians.
A thorough discussion of all important lesbian novels is beyond the scope of this brief essay, but I shall at least mention many of the most significant lesbian novels of the twentieth century.
www.glbtq.com /literature/novel_lesbian.html   (844 words)

 AfterEllen.com - FOX Reveals Inconsistent Policy on Lesbian Kisses   (Site not responding. Last check: )
But the only kiss on FOX between an actual lesbian member of the cast and another lesbian was the 2000 kiss between Dark Angel's Original Cindy and ex-girlfriend Diamond (Tangelia Rouse), a one-time guest character who died tragically and painfully at the end of the episode.
This inconsistent policy towards lesbian kisses isn't only practiced by FOX, of course: on every network television channel, you are far more likely to see lesbian kisses between guest lesbian characters, straight women, or a straight and gay woman than between lesbian characters who are part of the cast.
In its entire ten-year reign, for example, NBC's Friends showed four lesbian kisses, only one of which was between lesbians (and it wasn't even between the show's long-running lesbian couple, who were never actually allowed to kiss on-screen, even at their own wedding).
www.afterellen.com /TV/62004/fox.html   (860 words)

 Adoption by Gay and Lesbian Families
Research on the willingness of adoption agencies to work with homosexuals, as well as the extent to which agencies are placing children with parents they know to be lesbian or gay.
The briefing also addresses common concerns about gay and lesbian adoption, such as the potential for sexual abuse, the emotional impact of harassment, and the likelihood that children raised by gay and lesbian parents will become homosexual.
Reviews the placement of children with gay or lesbian adoptive parents, as well as study findings that indicate parental sexual orientation does not affect the quality of parent-child relationships, child mental health, or social adjustment.
www.childwelfare.gov /systemwide/cultural/adoption/gay_lesbian.cfm   (357 words)

 The Urban Institute | The Gay & Lesbian AtlasThe Gay & Lesbian Atlas
While the words "we are everywhere" can be frequently heard at gay and lesbian political events, The Gay and Lesbian Atlas provides the first empirical confirmation of this rallying cry.
The Atlas is a unique and important resource for the political and public policy communities, public health officials, social scientists, and anyone interested in gay and lesbian issues.
The Gay & Lesbian Atlas, by Gary J. Gates and Jason Ost, is available from the Urban Institute Press (Paper, 11" x 8.5", 242 pages, ISBN 0-87766-721-7, $49.50).
www.urban.org /pubs/gayatlas   (192 words)

 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies-The Library-University of California, Berkeley
The originals are housed in the Gay and Lesbian Historical Society in SF.
See "Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Studies" videography for a list of videos available in the Media Resources Center, first floor of Moffitt.
Gay and lesbian politics and social activism: selected periodicals and newsletters from the Gay, Lesbian,....
www.lib.berkeley.edu /doemoff/lgbt/gaylesres.html   (624 words)

  Flickr: Photos tagged with lesbian
The new online community for lesbian women – create, share and enjoy.
Lesbian dating and chat at the site created exclusively for women like you.
Find local lesbians for dating and chat at True.com.
flickr.com /photos/tags/lesbian   (146 words)

  Lesbian - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Sappho, the eponym of lesbianism, is thought to have had a complex love life — some ancient accounts describe her as having love affairs with men as well; while one ancient source, Maximus of Tyre, claimed that her relationships with the girls in her school were purely platonic.
There is a growing body of research and writing on lesbian sexuality, which has brought some debate about the control women have over their sexual lives, the fluidity of female-to-female sexuality, the redefinition of female sexual pleasure and the debunking of negative sexual stereotypes.
The relationship between lesbianism and lesbian-identified transgender or transsexual women who identify as lesbian has been a turbulent one, with historically negative attitudes, but this seemed to be changing by the close of the twentieth century.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Lesbian   (3411 words)

 Lesbian science fiction - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Lesbian science fiction is a subgenre of science fiction, in which the protagonist is likely to be a lesbian.
Some lesbian science fiction is targeted specifically to a lesbian audience, published by small feminist or lesbian presses such as Naiad Press (now defunct, it's authors transfered to Bella Books).
Works may also be categorized as "lesbian science fiction" if of particular lesbian interest, in subject, theme, characters, or lesbian eroticism.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Lesbian_science_fiction   (138 words)

 On Lesbian Poetry
Lesbian is also the essential outsider, woman alone and integral, who is oppressed and despised by traditional society, yet thereby free to use her position, to reform and remember.
In her 1993 study of the political uses and institutionalization of lesbian poetry, Sagri Dhairyam elaborates on the poets' participatory role in the creation of communal lesbian identity: "[The lesbian] poet is not only the person who creates a literary text, but overlaps with the person who reads, who participates in a ritual for identity.
Rich argues that it is the "lesbian" in every woman that is the creative force, opposing this figurative creative "lesbian" to the "hack" writer who is "the dutiful daughter of the fathers," the character whom all women are socialized to become (Rich, 1976, 201).
www.english.uiuc.edu /maps/poets/g_l/grahn/lesbianpoesy.htm   (3347 words)

 Lesbian - Encyclopedia Dramatica
Lesbians often complain of Lesbian Invisibility, claiming that lesbians are forgotten, ignored or excluded by those who possess a genuine sexuality.
Lesbians colonize areas gentrified by gay men and then move on quickly to the suburbs.
An internet lesbian merely has to go on a chatroom, ask other women if they are lesbians, and behold, "she" will now hook up with another internet lesbian.
www.encyclopediadramatica.com /index.php/Lesbian   (977 words)

 Discovery Health :: Lesbian
Lesbian refers to a woman whose primary emotional and sexual relationships are with other women.
The term is derived from Lesbos, the Mediterranean island that was the birthplace of Sappho, a 6th century BC female poet and devotee of the goddess Aphrodite.
Like the term gay, lesbian is often used to refer to self-identified "out of the closet" women, rather than all women who engage in same-sex sexual behavior.
health.discovery.com /centers/sex/sexpedia/lesbian.html   (334 words)

 Lesbian issues
Lesbians usually say their main physical, emotional and sexual feelings are for women.
The most important thing to remember is that being lesbian is not a disease to be ‘cured’ or ‘fixed’.
The major difference between lesbian and straight relationships is that there are two women, instead of a man and a woman.
www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au /bhcv2/bhcarticles.nsf/pages/Lesbian_issues?OpenDocument   (741 words)

 I think I might be a lesbian!   (Site not responding. Last check: )
Lesbians are teachers, doctors, lawyers, factory workers, police officers, politicians, ministers, movie stars, artists, mothers, nuns, truck drivers, models, novelists.
Because of society's stereotypes about lesbians that we've all grown up with, you might think you have to be a certain way if you're a lesbian.
It also helps to meet other lesbians because then we find out that lesbians are as diverse as any other group of people and that we've been told a lot of lies by our society.
www.youth.org /yao/docs/i-think-article-lesbian.html   (2196 words)

 Potluck and the Passion,The | Frameline Distribution   (Site not responding. Last check: )
A lesbian couple plans a celebration of the first year of their passion ("We don't like the word anniversary").
It is also an opportunity for their separate groups of friends to get to know one another; not, it turns out, with uniformly happy results.
The Potluck and the Passion is a lesbian slice-of-life drama complete with intrigue, humor, and political (in)correctness.
catalog.frameline.org /titles/potluck_passion.html   (162 words)

 Steve Sailer: "Why Lesbians Aren't Gay" National Review 5/30/94; From "Pervert" to "Victim:" The Media's Continued One ...
Overall, lesbian culture is intensely verbal, a bias that seems to stem from the verbal superiority of women in general, that general feminine superiority with words that is measurable as far back as toddlerhood.
Yet, the single event most likely to speed the day when it is politically and socially acceptable to openly discuss the broad relevance of this fast-solidifying scientific consensus that biology plays an important role in human behavior would be a public donnybrook between gay men and lesbian-feminists over nature vs. nurture.
Lesbians claim they can't mold their kids' sex roles, but, if so, that undermines feminist dogma about nurture over nature.
www.isteve.com /lesvsgay.htm   (2781 words)

 A Lesbian Celebration
Diva: A look at lesbian life in the United Kingdom in a zine format.
Published and unpublished lesbian writers are featured on an individual basis.
An open and honest expression of that place so many lesbians have passed through in their lives.
members.aol.com /lastpocket   (441 words)

 NCADI: Pride and Diveristy among Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Communities
Research suggests that lesbians may find it more difficult to cope with the stigmatization because females are socialized to avoid interpersonal conflict.
Misinformation, homophobia among health care providers, and a lack of scientific data on basic lesbian health needs result in dangerously inadequate medical care for many lesbians… In order to improve lesbian health care, comprehensive research must be conducted, homophobia must be addressed within the medical profession, and lesbians and their providers must become better informed.
Dedicated to strengthening the health of lesbians and their families through medical research grants and education.
www.thememoryhole.org /health/samhsa_lgbt/lesbian.htm   (285 words)

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