Gold star lesbian

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Gold star lesbian is a term used by the LGBT+ community to describe a lesbian who has only had a sexual relationship with women.[1] Use of this term is a point of controversy in the lesbian community.[2][3][4][5][6][7]

Definition and scope[edit]

The 'gold star' term itself is thought to have originated from such objectification and identity policing within the LGBT+ community and was reclaimed as a positive label.[8] Later the term was popularized on shows like The L Word and A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila.[3]

The related term gold star gay may also be applied to gay men who have only slept with men, however due to sexism within the LGBT community gold star gay men are looked upon more positively than gold star lesbians[9][10][11]. Gold stars often use the term in a frivolous way to compliment their sexuality in a pattern of word reclamation and positive use of labels often seen within the LGBT+ community[12][13][14][15]. Lesbians may use the label to assert their sexuality despite other facets of their identity such as femmeness, disability or religion, or they may simply use it as a tongue-in-cheek expression of gay pride[16].

See also[edit]

  • Lesbian


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  2. Sheets, Cassie (18 Feb 2016). "5 Reasons the Phrase "Gold Star Lesbian" Needs to Die". Pride. Retrieved 7 Jan 2017.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Bendix, Trish (20 Jul 2016). "Is it time to retire the term 'gold star lesbian'?". AfterEllen. Retrieved 9 Jan 2017.
  4. Dennis, Riley J. (30 Sep 2016). "6 Reasons We Shouldn't Say 'Gold Star Lesbian' or 'Platinum Gay'". Everyday Feminism. Retrieved 9 Jan 2017.
  5. "Leaving the Gold Star State - The Skinny". Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  6. Rosetta, EJ. "The Types of Lesbians NOT to Date - Here's 5". Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  7. "Op-ed: I'm Going Back to Bi: Confessions of a Former Lesbian". 26 June 2014. Retrieved 9 January 2017.
  8. Magdalen Berns (2016-09-23), Answering: Should We Say "Gold Star" Or "Platinum" Gay?, retrieved 2018-04-06
  9. "Jack Explains How He Is A "Platinum-Star Gay" In Exclusive New Clip From "Will & Grace"". LOGO News. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  10. "Andrew Rannells Says He's a 'Purebred' Gay Man". Vulture. 2013-01-10. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  11. "Are You A Gold Star Gay?". Back2Stonewall. 2012-11-28. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  12. Magdalen Berns (2016-09-23), Answering: Should We Say "Gold Star" Or "Platinum" Gay?, retrieved 2018-04-06
  13. "Are You A Gold Star Gay?". Back2Stonewall. 2012-11-28. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  14. Scorching Hot News (2017-12-07), Bob Katter outstanding Same Sex Marriage Speech Parliament, retrieved 2018-04-06
  15. "21 Words the Queer Community Has Reclaimed (and Some We Haven't)". 2017-08-02. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  16. "The Lonely Gold Star Lesbian". Retrieved 2018-04-06.

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