Erin-Age (high school)
With the slim exception of the occasional lesbian on TV (allowed visibility ONLY after she is deemed acceptable appearing by straight male TV/viewing standards and her mouth spews ONLY approved of topics) lesbians remain largely invisible in our culture. Once upon a time, lesbian communities had little recourse to help lesbian youth until young lesbians dared to come out and make their way to lesbian bars and other community dyke arenas. There lesbian youth found themselves, in older dykes who gently mentored and mothered them, instilling a lesbian pride that existed only in these small lesbian pockets through out the world.
Fifty years ago, at best the lack of visible lesbian role models created a sense of teenage loneliness, at worst a deep sense of lesbian shame that pushed young lesbians to drink and drug in effort to assuage that shame/loneliness, at the absolute worst, suicide. Today, with the world WIDE web and a thousand and one ways to access it 24/7 at the tips of every finger, lesbian communities around the globe should have already established good VISIBLE lesbian role models and plenty of them. Instead we are more disconnected from one another, just as invisible and promoting lesbian shame and living suicide toward our lesbian youths in the form of transition!
I remembering wearing one of these T-shirts during the AIDS crisis in the late 80's in order to show lesbian support of gay men suffering with HIV and support of preventing those not to get HIV. Within the Gay and Lesbian community, millions across the US alone took a stand with each other and against AIDS and the silence that surrounded AIDS. No gay group or lesbian group railed against other gays or lesbians who spoke out against how those with HIV were being negatively treated, how shitty government funding was for HIV drugs and research or how silence was spreading HIV/AIDS within the gay community. It would have been UNTHINKABLE for a gay or lesbian to ignore the AIDS crisis, to wish AIDS on another gay or lesbian, to wish a gay or lesbian good luck and pat them on their back for getting AIDS!
YET every time the Lesbian community ignores lesbians transitioning, high fives a lesbian and wishes her luck in her transition, promotes programs that transition lesbians this is exactly what she is doing. Today, RIGHT NOW silence in the Lesbian Community doesnt equal death, it equals transition!