Some women will realize that they’re attracted to other women from a very young age. (This “insight” into your romantic preferences doesn’t usually render the coming out process any easier, unfortunately). Other women are born fantasizing about girls but are “normalized” by their culture, religion, or families to view the dating world through a heterosexual lens, either rejecting their sexual identity or never realizing that being gay is an “option” until later life. (I say “option” because if you were ever raised in a small town where spotting another lesbian was like sighting a unicorn, you might understand what I mean). Other women are simply fluid. You can spend your entire life only experiencing attraction to men, when you suddenly meet a girl who gives you butterflies and it redefines how you’ve always defined yourself.
Regardless of your personal coming out moment, women who love women will encounter challenges that are identical to and distinctly different from their LGBTQ+ and heterosexual counterparts. Detailed below are 8 topics that may be more commonly confronted by LGBTQ+ members, with an emphasis on how each issue affects lesbian populations in particular:
For those of you who are having problems in any of these areas and need help, nearby Lifeologie Counselors are available.
Warning: This post contains spoilers for This is Us Season 4, Episode 11. Since its series premiere in 2016, This is Us has put a spotlight on a