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The Rebirth of Lesbian Cool

Los Angeles is home to a new generation of lesbian movers, shakers and style makers.


Photos: Amanda Ramon • Clothing: Faircloth & Supply • Hair: Adriana Ortega • Key makeup: Tanya Crosland • Assistant makeup: Corey Bullard

This was a big year for lesbian style, and everywhere you looked there were sexy, “cooler-thancool” ladies coming out as lesbian, bisexual, or queer. It’s become uber-cool to be a lesbian because people like Hayley Kiyoko and St. Vincent have recently reclaimed the term, embracing it after a slew of negative stereotypes made it unpopular for years. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not complaining. I’ve always wished being gay was in. But I can’t figure out why, or when, there was a substantial culture shift away from “That’s gross, I hate you” and completely into “I love lesbians.” In the early 2000s, when I was in high school, there was a small uprising of “cool.” Ellen and Portia had started dating, Angelina Jolie won an Oscar and was quoted as saying, “I only play women I would date”, and one of the best lesbian movies ever, Kissing Jessica Stein, was released. But ladies, now it’s 2018 and we’re back! Hold on, ‘cause now being gay is cooler than when you first saw Kristen Stewart in Panic Room. Maybe it’s because the coolest people in the world always are lesbians. Recently, I interviewed six of the most stylish, intelligent woman I’ve ever met, who are also gay.

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As we greet a new season we also embrace new possibilities of expression. I was thrilled to welcome to our cover the beautiful Nafessa Williams, star of the CW show Black Lightning. 2018 is the year of the black superhero, and Williams is a breakout star, playing TV’s first black lesbian superhero. Season 1 was an overnight success, premiering as the network’s #1 new series. That’s great news for anyone who ever wondered if their authentic self would find representation and acceptance in the mainstream. We also take an in-depth look at the November midterm elections and the potential “Rainbow Wave” of out LGBT candidates. More diverse women than ever before are entering the political field hoping to enact necessary change, and that’s something worth celebrating. Enjoy our story on the Indigo Girls, who are trying something new musically, and meet other women from coast to coast who are pursuing their selfhood in the most delightful and inspiring ways. Hats off to Esther Newton and Casey Legler whose lifelong journeys made me proud to call this community my home.