Celebrations for International Lesbian Day around the world

International Lesbian Day

Despite the pandemic, lesbians around the world again celebrated International Lesbian Day yesterday.

Although predominantly celebrated in Australia and New Zealand, 2020 saw lesbians worldwide celebrating the day on social media.

They celebrated, promoted awareness and also shone a light on the discrimination and prejudice many still face.

While the exact origin of the day remains unknown, many believe it began with a Lesbian Day March held in New Zealand in 1980.

Queer Screen tweeted to both honour and celebrate the achievements of fabulous lesbians everywhere.

Stormé DeLarverie

Vintage Pics and others took to Twitter to remember Stormé DeLarverie, the butch lesbian whose arrest many remember as sparking the Stonewall protest. Since her death, Stormé has been described as the ‘Rosa Parks of the gay community’.

Stormé, who died in 2014, worked for many years as a bouncer at lesbian bars after an earlier career as a drag king. As a member of the Stonewall Veteran’s Association, Stormé also regularly attended Pride celebrations and volunteered as a street patrol worker.

Share the love on International Lesbian Day

While some used the day to make political points, some simply raised visibility by sharing the love.

While others chose the day for momentous announcements.

And some made posts that we just liked.


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For further reading about lesbian history, check out the incredible Dr Lilian Cooper, Queensland’s first lady doctor and her lifelong partner Josephine Bedford.

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Destiny Rogers

Destiny Rogers embarked on her career in the media industry immediately after high school, initially joining Mirror News, which later evolved into News Ltd. She fondly recalls editing Ian Byford's 'Passing Glances: A History of Gay Cairns' as one of her most fulfilling projects. Additionally, Destiny co-researched and co-wrote 'The Queen's Ball', chronicling the history of the world's longest-running continuous queer event. Her investigative work on the history of Australia's COON Cheese and Edward Coon culminated in the publication 'COON: More Holes than Swiss Cheese', a collaborative effort with Dr. Stephen Hagan. Destiny's journey at QNews began as a feature writer, and she was subsequently elevated to the role of Managing Editor of QNews Magazine in 2018. However, in July 2022, she decided to resign from this role to refocus on research and feature writing. For contact, please reach out at destinyr@qnews.com.au.

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