Lesbian Visibility Day

April 26, 2022

Lesbian Visibility Day (LVD) occurs every year on April 26, created to celebrate, recognize, and bring visibility to lesbian identified members of the LGBTQIA+ community. It’s about honoring and elevating this unique community of people who are historically overlooked and dismissed by way of being both women and queer.

LVD started in the United States in 2008 and is now recognized internationally. This day, alongside other queer celebration days, is an integral part of moving forwards to create an intersectional society where all are treated equally and fairly. LVD is a haven for lesbians to feel recognized, safe, and visible in a world that still discriminates against them through inequality, and in some countries with violence. One of the many points of acknowledging this day bring awareness to the stereotypes, judgment, and lack of representation that happens daily.

Lesbians are here; everywhere. This movement exists so they can feel included and accepted and be able to hear the experiences that others had before them, and so they too can remember that they are fighters in the same battle for the right to social justice. Every year that this day is celebrated is another moment to continue the conversation. It’s another moment to inspire closet-lesbians to come out and be their authentic self within a community that empowers and celebrates the beauty within them.

“What I love about working for Victra is how I can talk naturally to anyone about my spouse. I don’t feel ashamed to say ‘my wife.’ It’s nice to come to work and be treated like everyone else and have my identity not only be recognized but celebrated.”

– Whitney Beals, Trainer & Chair of the Victra Pride Alliance ERG

Lesbians are known to have more mental health issues like depression, eating disorders, and anxiety than heterosexual women due to all the emotional stress they experienced as teenagers. It’s bad enough going through puberty and experiencing a surge of hormones all at once, and also possibly living in a home that vocally endorses hate speech towards them. The mental exhaustion and effort that a young teenage woman has to exert to keep her secret a secret, for fear of severe punishment or worse, like exile, can do a number on anyone, especially if they don’t have a confidant.

LVD is not only a celebration for lesbians but trans, queer, different races, and nationalities coming together to be inspired by role models in various industries that are fighting for them. The disparaging unfairness keeps many lesbians from the respect and success that is warranted to them despite having the talent and skill that they possess.

Be an Ally

Not a lesbian? No issue there. You can still show your support and solidarity with the community by acknowledging the obstacles they face. When we have the fearlessness to stand up next to those in the community, we inadvertently help some people start the healing process. Victra Pride Alliance [VPA] is proud to celebrate and bring visibility and understanding to the lesbian community.

  • Be a listener.
  • Be open-minded.
  • Be willing to talk.
  • Be inclusive and invite LGBTQIA+ friends to hang out with your friends and family.
  • Don’t assume that all your friends and co-workers are straight. Someone close to you could be looking for support in their coming-out process. Not making assumptions will give them the space they need.
  • Anti-LGBTQIA+ comments and jokes are harmful. Let your friends, family and co-workers know that you find them offensive.
  • Confront your own prejudices and bias, even if it is uncomfortable to do so.
  • Defend your LGBTQIA+ friends against discrimination.
  • Believe that all people, regardless of gender identity and sexual orientation, should be treated with dignity and respect.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”

– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr