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Family Equality’s New ED: “I Have Been Preparing for This Role My Entire Life”

Family Equality’s New ED: “I Have Been Preparing for This

Stacey Stevenson, the recently hired executive director of Family Equality, is serious about the work ahead. “This isn’t about a job for me; this is about survival,” she told me in an interview. “Through all of the adversity I have faced over the years, I feel I have been preparing for this role my entire life.”

Stacey Stevenson - Photo credit: Angela Flournoy

Family Equality Executive Directory Stacey Stevenson. Photo credit: Angela Flournoy

Stevenson comes to Family Equality, the national organization for LGBTQ+ families, after more than 20 years in the corporate world, most recently as senior managing director for talent at financial giant Charles Schwab. She has also been an executive at technology and defense corporations in a variety of operations and supply chain roles. “I’ve kind of done it all,” she said. One constant, though, she said, is that “I feel very strongly about leading people and ensuring that I’m showing up as a leader and being as egoless as possible.”

She also has the lived experience of being a Black lesbian mom residing in Texas, who encountered many obstacles on the way to forming a family, from eight fruitless years of fertility treatments, to an adoption agency that went bankrupt, to another that refused to work with same-sex couples. “I don’t want anyone to have to go through that,” she said. Eventually, though, she and her wife adopted twin boys, who are now “rambunctious” six-year-olds.

Forming her family was not the only challenge Stevenson has faced, though. She grew up in a small Texas town, was outed as a teenager, and endured bullying and physical abuse until she dropped out of school. She eventually obtained a GED and at age 21 moved to Dallas with $70 in her pocket, where she got a degree, met her wife, and started her career.

At Schwab, Stevenson was also the local and national co-chair for the company’s Pride employee resource group and established partnerships with multiple LGBTQ+ nonprofits. She also came to know Family Equality by sharing her family story for the organization’s 2020 “Out in Texas” video series. When the executive director position opened, she said, “I was ready to make a move out of corporate America to do more non-profit work and to make more change in the world.”

I think the biggest challenge is ensuring that we can form our families without denial of services.

She takes the helm at Family Equality at a pivotal time. “I feel like we’ve come out of trauma after the last four years before this new administration,” she explained. With a new Congress and administration, however, “There’s a kind of awakening happening,” she feels.

Difficulties remain, though. “I think the biggest challenge is ensuring that we can form our families without denial of services,” she said. She noted one case now before the U.S. Supreme Court, Fulton v. Philadelphia, which could let adoption and foster care agencies around the country use their religious beliefs as a reason to discriminate against LGBTQ people and others. “This case is really important for LGBTQ+ families as well as youth-in-care, and we hope the Court does the right thing and does not carve out an exception to generally applicable law for these taxpayer-funded agencies,” she explained.

Family Equality does more than just legal and political advocacy work, however, but also provides tools and connections for LGBTQ families and LGBTQ prospective parents. “Family Equality has specifically created this space for LGBTQ families,” she explained. “I’m hearing that more people want to have families but they’re a little afraid, [asking] ‘How do I parent in this heteronormative world?’” She asserted, “We provide that resource.”

She cited a 2019 Family Equality study that found as many as 3.8 million LGBTQ millennials were considering starting or expanding their families. “I want to attract more of those millennials to Family Equality,” she said.

That means being there for any LGBTQ people who have or want families. “In our policy work and everything that we do, we’re being very conscious of all LGBTQ families regardless of race or socioeconomic status,” she said. She wants to be even more intentional in their policy and program work “about touching Brown and Black families who would normally not know that Family Equality existed.” She added, “Black lives do matter at Family Equality, but we are in the process of continuing to evolve and build racial and social justice into our daily work.”

Nine days into her tenure, when we spoke, she doesn’t yet know exactly what that work will encompass, but she’s starting with a listening tour. “I want to hear from everyone,” she said, including not only employees and the board, but also volunteers, partners, donors, and others. “I want to use that to shape our strategy because sometimes that’s where some of the best ideas come from.” Overall, though, she said, “We feel really good about the future.”

Now that I have a family, I can’t imagine any LGBTQ person who wants to form a family not having a family.

Her own advice for LGBTQ people who want to start a family? “If that’s what your heart desires then you should do it,” she counseled, but cautioned, “We have to understand that there are additional complexities related to LGBTQ people being parents because of the world we live in.”

At the same time, she added, “Now that I have a family, I can’t imagine any LGBTQ person who wants to form a family not having a family.” To help that happen, she said, “I’m ready to hit the ground running.”

Visit familyequality.org for more on the organization and about their virtual gala, “LookingOUT: Together for LGBTQ+ Families” on April 22, as well as their annual Family Week in Provincetown, which will likely have both virtual and in-person components this summer.

Originally published as my Mombian newspaper column.

Lesbian Bangkok – Our Taste for Life

Lesbian Bangkok - Our Taste for Life

Lesbian Bangkok - Our Taste for Life

Bangkok is known as the gay capital of Asia. We’ve spent quite some time in Bangkok over the years. And we’ve always been thankful for its liberal and open-minded attitude towards to the LGBTQ+ community. Not only can we be ourselves without fear of discrimination, but the gay nightlife in Bangkok is some of the best in the world. From pulsating gay nightclubs and exclusive lesbian parties, to several acclaimed gay-friendly hotels, gay and lesbian Bangkok has a lot to offer.

Bangkok’s lesbian scene aside, there’s a lot to love about beautiful, busy, bombastic, Bangkok. On the one hand, you have the rich Thai culture in the form of jaw-dropping temples, bustling markets, and sensational local cuisine. On the other is Bangkok’s edgier side, with its wild nightlife, epic rooftop bars, and opportunities for urban exploring.

In my experience, lesbian Bangkok is a bit like marmite. You either love it, or you hate it. But the one thing I insist on is giving it a chance. I’ll admit, as a first-timer arriving in the city, the chaos of it all can be overwhelming. But we’ve visited Bangkok over a dozen times now. And despite being everything we usually hate about big cities, we’ve actually grown quite fond of her.

Lesbian Bangkok

I’m confident that if you give Bangkok a chance, you’re guaranteed to find something you like about the city. And this guide aims to provide you with all the information you need to have an unforgettable time. I’ve listed all of the hottest gay bars and nightclubs; gay-friendly hotels and hostels; the best LGBT+ centred events; as well as all the top things to see and do.

By Charlotte & Natalie – Full Story at Our Taste for Life

Lesbian Thailand Travel Resources

This whirlwind virtual romance became a real life engagement

A whirlwind virtual romance turned real-life engagement

Paul and Alexander’s whirlwind, ocean-crossing romance began when they met online in late 2020. Alexander was living in Puerto Rico, and Paul in South Philadelphia. Despite the distance, a stream of endless phone calls and video chats showed them they were meant to be. Finally, they decided they simply had to meet in person, and doing so confirmed their connection was real.

A commitment to make memories together forever

The couple was so sure they were made for each other that they were engaged only eleven days after their relationship began. “Paul got on his knee and asked me to marry him,” says Alexander. “Of course I said ‘Yes!’ We are in a different stage in life where we feel fulfilled and satisfied with what each other gives. Life from here on is to make memories together, with no rules or expectations. We agree in living life to the fullest, being faithful to one another and not owing to anyone’s concern or conditions.”

Paul and Alexander will be married on December 10, 2021.

“When it comes to our backgrounds and roots, Paul and I may be very different,” Alexander says, “Yet our common grounds in our wants and needs in a life partner were well met…. It didn’t take long then after that for Paul to move to PR and change the city lights for tropical sunsets in San Juan.”

He also says Paul has fully embraced his three kids and grandson. Among the things they love most about one another: their senses of humor.

A whirlwind virtual romance turned real-life engagement | Ívvor Rocha | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

A whirlwind virtual romance turned real-life engagement | Ívvor Rocha | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

A whirlwind virtual romance turned real-life engagement | Ívvor Rocha | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

A whirlwind virtual romance turned real-life engagement | Ívvor Rocha | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

A whirlwind virtual romance turned real-life engagement | Ívvor Rocha | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

A whirlwind virtual romance turned real-life engagement | Ívvor Rocha | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

A whirlwind virtual romance turned real-life engagement | Ívvor Rocha | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

A whirlwind virtual romance turned real-life engagement | Ívvor Rocha | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

A whirlwind virtual romance turned real-life engagement | Ívvor Rocha | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

A whirlwind virtual romance turned real-life engagement | Ívvor Rocha | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

A whirlwind virtual romance turned real-life engagement | Ívvor Rocha | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

A whirlwind virtual romance turned real-life engagement | Ívvor Rocha | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

A whirlwind virtual romance turned real-life engagement | Ívvor Rocha | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

A whirlwind virtual romance turned real-life engagement | Ívvor Rocha | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

A whirlwind virtual romance turned real-life engagement | Ívvor Rocha | Featured on Equally Wed, the leading LGBTQ+ wedding magazine

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14 Famous Queer Ladies Who Came Out Later In Life

14 Famous Queer Ladies Who Came Out Later In Life

The “late-in life lesbian” narrative bucks a lot of assumptions people make about the coming out experience. The traditional lesbian narrative goes something like this: in girlhood, the protagonist encounters a series of “signs” that suggest homosexuality is afoot. The protagonist feels nothing for boys, and so many things for girls, usually culminating in a crush on a straight best friend during adolescence. Often, intolerant parents and friends will encourage the protagonist to be straight, thus repressing the protagonist’s desire. Usually by the time the protagonist graduates high school, the question isn’t if they wanted to live the life of a lez, but when they’d have the chance to start living the life of a lez. Even the coming out stories I knew in popular culture — Ellen DeGeneres, Rosie O’Donnell, Melissa Etheridge — tended to be people who always knew, and often lived gay lives, but were careful about when they revealed that information to the public. My own journey just wasn’t that clear-cut, and I’m certainly not alone in that.

This list is about women who didn’t fall for another woman or realize they were queer until a little later in life — not women who were consciously in the closet for most of their lives.  It’s complicated to determine, with celebrities, who falls into this category, because they have an extra step that the rest of us don’t — there’s family, friends, work… and then the ENTIRE F*CKING WORLD. The list of celebrities who came out to the world as adults because they weren’t ready when they were younger is a very long one, including Robin Roberts, Jodie Foster, Joanna Johnson and Krissy McNichol.

This list is women who were over 35 by the time they not only came out to the ENTIRE F*CKING WORLD, but also by the time they came out to themselves or their family or even knew they were queer or liked women at all.

This post about famous women who came out to themselves and us over the age of 30 was originally published in 2014 and has been updated in 2021.


1. Jenna Lyons, Executive Creative Director of J. Crew

LOS ANGELES, CA. November 14, 2016: J.Crew president Jenna Lyons at the Glamour Magazine 2016 Women of the Year Awards at NeueHouse, Hollywood. She came out as a late in life lesbian.

LOS ANGELES, CA. November 14, 2016: J.Crew president Jenna Lyons at the Glamour Magazine 2016 Women of the Year Awards at NeueHouse, Hollywood.

I was finding myself really attracted to this person, and yes, we had kissed, and maybe some other things had happened, but I wasn’t like, “Okay, I’m gay!” I was just as surprised as the world was. I still don’t know: Am I gay, am I bi? I don’t know if it really matters.

Former J.Crew President and Creative Director and current fashion icon / entrepreneur Jenna Lyons was married to Vincent Mazeau for nine years, and after their divorce, Lyons fell in love with Courtney Crangi, the sister and business partner of jewler Philip Crangi, and the relationship became public knowledge in 2011. In 2013, when Lyons was 44, she publicly acknowledged her relationship with Crangi in her Glamour Magazine Woman of the Year acceptance speech. They split in 2017.


2. Meredith Baxter, Actress

LOS ANGELES - APR 24: Meredith Baxter at The 42nd Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Gala at the Universal Hilton Hotel on April 24, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. She came out as a late in life lesbian.

LOS ANGELES – APR 24: Meredith Baxter at The 42nd Daytime Creative Arts Emmy Awards Gala at the Universal Hilton Hotel on April 24, 2015 in Los Angeles, California

I am a lesbian, and it was a later-in-life recognition. I got involved with someone I never expected to get involved with, and it was that kind of awakening. I never fought it because it was like, oh, I understand why I had the issues I had early in life. I had a great deal of difficulty connecting with men in relationships.”

Famous Family Ties actress Meredith Baxter came out to herself in 2002 (and to us in 2009, thus “joining a group of later-in-life lesbians“), after three marriages and a brief lesbian affair in 1996 that she didn’t take seriously at the time. She was married to Robert Lewis Bush, with whom she had two children, from 1966-1971, and then married David Birney in 1974, and had three children with him, including twins. They divorced in 1989. Her third marriage, to actor Michael Blodgett, spanned from 1995-2000. She began dating her now-partner, Nancy Locke, in 2005, and rumors began swirling about her sexuality after she appeared on a Sweet Cruise in November 2009. She told The Today Show that it was a same-sex relationship in 2002 that changed her everything: “It was that kind of awakening. I never fought it because it was like, oh, I understand why I had the issues I had early in life. I had a great deal of difficulty connecting with men in relationships.” She married Nancy Locke in 2013, and they’re still together.


3. Carlease Burke, Actress

LOS ANGELES - JAN 13: Carlease Burke at the NBCUniversal TCA Press Day Winter 2016 at the Langham Huntington Hotel on January 13, 2016 in Pasadena, CA

LOS ANGELES – JAN 13: Carlease Burke at the NBCUniversal TCA Press Day Winter 2016 at the Langham Huntington Hotel on January 13, 2016 in Pasadena, CA (by Kathy Hutchins)

“I knew what a lesbian was, but there were no role models. I was raised in the black Baptist church, and there were gay guys who were choir directors, but they weren’t talked about. Deep down inside, I’d think that’s who I am, but I didn’t have the nerve to pursue that. All along I had lesbian and gay friends, but I couldn’t see myself going down that route due to fear. I started meeting more women while working as a comic, met a young lady in 1994 who caught my eye. It didn’t end up being a good relationship, but I grew up a lot … I started being more free and flirty in comedy clubs. From that moment on, it gave me a lot to talk about.”

Carleease Burke has been out for over two decades, but as a young person, she didn’t see herself pursuing a lesbian life. She got her first role, in a TV movie, in 1989, and has been working as an actress ever since. In 1994, she met a special lady, and thus at the age of 40, in her first relationship, she came out to her mother. She told AfterEllen in 2007 that she felt “25 in dyke years, because I came out so late.” Burke recently played Ms. Rose on Switched at Birth, you may also recognize her from In Her Shoes, Get Shorty, Shameless and pretty much every TV show, ever. Seriously, she has been in every single TV show ever.


4. Kelly McGillis, Actress

Kelly McGillis at the Los Angeles Premiere of "Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time" in Hollywood, California, United States on May 17, 2010. She came out as a late in life lesbian.

Kelly McGillis at the Los Angeles Premiere of “Prince Of Persia: The Sands Of Time” in Hollywood, California, United States on May 17, 2010.

“Life is a freaking journey, and it’s about growing and changing, and coming to terms with who and what you are, and loving who and what you are.”

Julliard graduate Kelly McGillis was an enormously successful actress in the ’80s, memorably starring opposite Tom Cruise in Top Gun and playing leading roles in Witness and The Accused. She married a fellow Julliard student, Boyd Black, in 1979, but they divorced in 1981. She had two children with millionaire Fred Tillman, who she was married to from 1989-2002. They co-owned a bar in Key West where she met her eventual partner, Melanie Leis, in 2000. In 2009, she came out in an interview with SheWired, and her and Leis entered into a civil union in 2010 which was dissolved in 2011. McGillis now teaches acting in Asheville, North Carolina.


5. Cynthia Nixon, Actress

Christine Marinoni & Cynthia Nixon attend 49th annual New York pride parade along 7th avenue

New York, NY – June 24, 2018: Christine Marinoni & Cynthia Nixon attend 49th annual New York pride parade along 7th avenue

I never felt like there was an unconscious part of me around that woke up or that came out of the closet; there wasn’t a struggle, there wasn’t an attempt to suppress. I met this woman, I fell in love with her, and I’m a public figure.”

Actress / activist / politician Cynthia Nixon and her long-time partner, Danny Mozes, with whom she’d had two children, split up in 2003, and then Nixon met Christine Marinoni, a public-school advocate. Nixon fell in love, and then, around the same time her landmark television series Sex and the City was wrapping up, rumors began flying. They married in 2012.


7. Carol Leifer, Comedian, Writer & Actress

Carol Leifer at the 2012 Writers Guild Awards, Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood, CA 02-19-12

Carol Leifer at the 2012 Writers Guild Awards, Hollywood Palladium, Hollywood, CA 02-19-12

I’m finding, especially with women, a couple of different kinds of gays. I’ve met people who say, “I knew I was gay my whole life, and I lived this lie, and then I finally came out.” My kind of gay is like the late-breaking-lesbian kind of gay. I mean, I was attracted to boys. My first crush was on Davy Jones. My kind of gay, meeting a woman and falling in love, is a different experience because it wasn’t anything about “Oh, I’ve always been gay and I’m breaking the chains.” The whole experience spun me around. I really thought this was going to be a fun fling, and I had no idea that it would become this finding my soul mate, the love-of-my-life sort of deal. It does make you feel reticent about talking about it at the beginning because you’re not sure if it’s real, if it’s going to stick.

Leifer only dated men until she met her now-partner, Lori Wolf, at the age of 40. In fact, Leifer quite famously dated Jerry Seinfeld before the show and was not only an inspiration for the character of Elaine, but eventually joined the show’s writing team. Leifer has been doing stand-up for decades, writes for The Academy Awards, and was involved in shoes including The Ellen Show and The Larry Sanders Show. She’s also written two books, When You Lie About Your Age, The Terrorists Win, in which she discusses her relationships, and How to Succeed In Business Without Really Crying.


8. Wanda Sykes, Comedian & Actress

LOS ANGELES - AUG 29: Wanda Sykes arrives at the 2010 Emmy Awards at Nokia Theater at LA Live on August 29, 2010 in Los Angeles, CA. She came out as a late in life lesbian.

LOS ANGELES – AUG 29: Wanda Sykes arrives at the 2010 Emmy Awards at Nokia Theater at LA Live on August 29, 2010 in Los Angeles, CA

“I’m proud to be a woman. I’m proud to be a black woman, and I’m proud to be gay. We are so together now and we all want the same thing and we shouldn’t have to settle for less.”

Wanda Sykes says she can trace back sneaking suspicions that she might be a total homo to childhood, but she repressed those emotions and didn’t start confronting them after her 1998 divorce from record producer Dave Hall, who she’d been married to for seven years. She came out to her parents at age 40 and four years later, in 2008, came out to the world at a same-sex marriage rally. She married her partner Alex, who she met in 2006, in 2008, before Prop 8 passed. They have two children.


9. Maria Bello, Actress

Maria Bello in a green dress at a red carpet event in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES – OCT 14: Maria Bello arrives for the ELLE Women in Hollywood on October 14, 2019 in Westwood, CA

46-year old actress and activist Maria Bello had a soul-searching moment reading old journals in her garden, which she described for a New York Times‘ Modern Love column in December 2013, when she realized that her long-time best friend, Claire Munn, was somebody she could love romantically. “What had I been waiting for all of these years?” Bello wondered. “She is the person I like being with the most, the one with whom I am most myself.” Bello described her new “modern family” in “Modern Love” which included a close friendship with her ex, TV Executive Dan McDermott, who is the father of her son. In 2019, she got engaged to French chef Dominique Crenn, the only female chef in the U.S. to attain three Michelin stars.


10. Niecy Nash

LOS ANGELES - JUL 11: Niecy Nash at the Niecy Nash honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on July 11, 2018 in Los Angeles, CA

LOS ANGELES – JUL 11: Niecy Nash at the Niecy Nash honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on July 11, 2018 in Los Angeles, CA

“I was not suppressing my sexuality my whole life. I love who I love. At one point in my life, I married twice and I love those people. And today I love this person. I’ve done everything I wanted to do on my own terms and my own way. So my choice now in a partner has nothing to do with who I’ve always been. It’s a matter of who I am in this moment.”

2020’s sole highlight was 49-year-old actress / comic / TV host Niecy Nash marrying Jessica Betts, who she’d been friends with since 2015, when she was still married to her now-ex Jay Tucker. About 4.5 years into their friendship, after her divorce from Tucker, they went out to eat crabs and she realized over shellfish that she had stronger feelings for Betts. “I loved her before I was in love with her because she is such a special human being. But we began to see each other in a way we never had before.” Nash has chosen not to label herself, but is proud to call Betts her hersband.


11. Elizabeth Gilbert

NEW YORK - JANUARY 05: Author Elizabeth Gilbert signing her book 'Committed' at Barnes&Noble bookstore on JANUARY 05, 2010 in New York City. She came out as a late in life lesbian.

NEW YORK – JANUARY 05: Author Elizabeth Gilbert signing her book ‘Committed’ at Barnes&Noble bookstore on JANUARY 05, 2010 in New York City.

Novelist and journalist Elizabeth Gilbert came out on Facebook in 2016 at the age of 47, announcing that she was in love with and in a relationship with her best friend of 15 years, Rayya Ellis, having realized her feelings for Elias following Elias’s terminal cancer diagnosis. They had a commitment ceremony prior to Ellis’s passing in 2018.


12. Glennon Doyle

“…what if I demand freedom not because I was ‘born this way’ and ‘can’t help it’ but because I can do whatever I choose to do with my love and my body.”

Author and activist Glennon Doyle met soccer player Abby Wambach in November 2016 while Doyle was on a book tour, and still married to her now ex-husband, Craig. She and Wambach got together, shacked up and got married more or less immediately, and they’re still going strong!


13. Lauren Morelli

LOS ANGELES - APR 25: Samira Wiley, Lauren Morelli at the Premiere Of Hulu's "The Handmaid's Tale" at Cinerama Dome ArcLight on April 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, CA. She came out as a late in life lesbian.

LOS ANGELES – APR 25: Samira Wiley, Lauren Morelli at the Premiere Of Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale” at Cinerama Dome ArcLight on April 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, CA

Despite “being 31 years old, having lived in extremely liberal cities for 13 years of my life and considering myself an educated individual,” screenwriter/director Lauren Morelli didn’t realize she was gay until her first season as a writer on Orange is the New Black. She recalls feeling like “if I was really gay, I would have known when I was younger. There was a prescribed narrative, and everything about my own story challenged the accepted one.” She is now happily married to our beloved Samira Wiley.


14. Stacy London

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 06: Stacy London attends the Launch Party of Sally Kohn's new book 'The Opposite Of Hate' at Guggenheim Museum on April 6, 2018 in New York City. She came out as a late in life lesbian.

NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 06: Stacy London attends the Launch Party of Sally Kohn’s new book ‘The Opposite Of Hate’ at Guggenheim Museum on April 6, 2018 in New York City.

In 2020, former “What Not to Wear” co-host and current “fashion maven” Stacy London announced that she is in a relationship with musician Cat Yezbak, and that it was her first serious relationship with a woman. “So I used to date men,” she said in her Instagram post about the relationship. “Now I date her. That’s it. That’s all I have to say. Happy New Year to each and every one of you.”


Lesbian Stockholm – Our Taste for Life

Lesbian Stockholm - Our Taste for Life

Lesbian Stockholm - Our Taste for Life

Stockholm, aka the lesbian capital of Scandinavia, is one of the most open-minded, liberal, and hip cities we have ever visited. I mean, gender-neutral bathrooms and shops nearly everywhere, how great is that?! But lesbian Stockholm isn’t just a great city to visit to celebrate feminism and being queer, it’s also great to go to Stockholm if you like nature, music, fashion, and food. Our favorite thing: fika! If you haven’t heard about fika yet, stay tuned, we will explain all about later in this article. We will also tell you about the best (LGBTQ+) spots in Stockholm. And afterward, it’s time to pack your bags and go see lesbian Stockholm yourself!

Stockholm is the capital city of Sweden and is the most populous city in all of Scandinavia. Therefore you might think of Stockholm as a busy city, but we absolutely love the calm- and nature-side of it. Stockholm is set on 14 islands, that’s why you see water everywhere in Stockholm! Perfect for a romantic stroll along the waterside on a hot summer night (or any time, really). The Baltic Sea and Lake Mälaren melt together in Stockholm, so there’s both fresh and saltwater in the city (separated by Gamla Stan, Stockholm’s old town).

LGBT Rights in Sweden

Swedes, in general, are very liberal people. It isn’t a surprise that their rights for LGBT people are one of the most progressive in Europe. Sweden is ranked as one of the most LGBT friendly countries in the world. And that’s something we notice during our visits. We feel welcome everywhere in Sweden and we can completely be ourselves. Nobody seems to care about seeing us, or our friend Barry and his boyfriend, walking hand in hand on the streets. Also, in both Stockholm and Malmö, we saw many gay couples walking hand in hand on the streets.

By Charlotte & Natalie – Full Story at Our Taste for Life

Is this too much to ask for? (from Life is strange) : actuallesbians

Is this too much to ask for? (from Life is

A place for discussions for and by cis and trans lesbians, bisexual girls, chicks who like chicks, bi-curious folks, dykes, butches, femmes, girls who kiss girls, birls, bois, aces, LGBT allies, and anyone else interested! Our subreddit is named r/actuallesbians because r/lesbians is not really for or by lesbians–it was meant to be a joke. We’re not a militant or exclusive group, so feel free to join up!

Lesbian London – Our Taste for Life

Lesbian London - Our Taste for Life

Lesbian London - Our Taste for Life

London is one of the most gay and lesbian-friendly cities in all of Europe. I’ve lived and worked in London for almost all of my life. And I’ve always been grateful for its tolerant and open-minded attitude towards the LGBTQ+ community. As not only can you be yourself without fear of discrimination, but the gay and lesbian nightlife in London is some of the best in the world. From pulsating gay nightclubs and exclusive lesbian bars, to the cities world-famous PRIDE events, gay and lesbian London has a lot to offer.

London’s fabulous gay scene aside, the British capital is a thriving metropolis, bursting with culture, history, fashion, architecture, and an eclectic culinary scene. Not only that, but the city boasts an endless realm of attractions and places to visit that will keep you entertained for days on end. So if you’re looking for an action-packed, gay-friendly, city break in Europe, lesbian London is a winning choice.

You can honestly never get bored in London and all it has to offer. And this guide aims to provide you with all the information you need to have an unforgettable time. I’ve listed all of the hottest gay bars and nightclubs; gay-friendly hotels and hostels; the best LGBT+ centred events; as well as all the top things to do around the city. We will also touch on LGBT+ rights and social opinions in the UK, so you come fully prepared.

By Charlotte & Natalie – Full Story at Our Taste for Life

Lesbian London Travel Resources

Lesbian Thailand – Our Taste for Life

Lesbian Thailand - Our Taste for Life

Lesbian Thailand - Our Taste for Life

When it comes to LGBT-friendly destinations in Asia, Thailand tends to top the list every time. We’ve spent a lot of time travelling through Thailand over the years. And we’ve always been grateful for their tolerant and open-minded attitude towards to the LGBTQ+ community. As not only can we feel free to be ourselves without fear of discrimination, but there’s a thriving gay scene both in Bangkok and other locations across the country. Combine that with sun, sea, sand, and adventure, gay and lesbian Thailand has a lot to offer.

Thailand’s fabulous gay scene aside, the ‘land of smiles’ is a stunning and diverse country. On the one hand, you have pristine beaches, sweeping jungles, and exciting cities. On the other, jaw-dropping temples, fascinating culture, and mouth-watering cuisine. Not to mention the beloved Thai people, who are always there to welcome you with a smile and a “sa-wa-dee-ka/krab”.

With something to offer everybody, Thailand is a dream destination that should be on everybody’s bucket list. And this guide aims to provide you with all the information you need to have an unforgettable time. I’ve listed all of the hottest gay bars and nightclubs; gay-friendly hotels and hostels; the best LGBT+ centred events; as well as all the top places to visit around the country. We will also touch on LGBT+ rights and social opinions in Thailand, so you come fully prepared.

So let’s get to it. Here’s our amazing and comprehensive guide to gay & lesbian Thailand.

LGBT+ Rights in Lesbian Thailand

Thailand has some of the most progressive LGBT laws in all of Asia. Same-sex relations got decriminalised in 1956, which is earlier than many countries in Europe even. It’s also one of the only Asian countries to have implemented anti-discrimination laws for the LGBTQ+ community. Meaning that it’s illegal to discriminate based on sexual orientation or gender identity, in employment, housing, and the military.

That said, it’s still uncertain if the 2019 bill to legalise same-sex marriage will be approved. There is a general consensus, however, that this will pass, making Thailand the second country in Asia (after Taiwan) to recognise same-sex marriage. If this turns out to be the case, there’s also plans to allow same-sex married couples the right to adopt.

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Lesbian Thailand Travel Resources

Four Days in Lesbian London – Our Taste for Life

Lesbian London - London Eye - Our Taste for Life

Lesbian London - London Eye - Our Taste for Life

4 days in London is the perfect amount of time to appreciate all that this pulsating city has to offer. And if you’re here looking for the best 4 day London Itinerary, you’ll be pleased to know you’ve come to the right place. I’ve spent most of my life living and working in London, which is why it’s not too difficult for me to suggest the best places to visit in London in 4 Days. In this guide, I cover all of the London hotspots, including some cool hidden gems. I include where to eat, sleep, and party. And finally, I share all of my insider tips to ensure you have the best possible time exploring the city.

London is one of the most happening and exciting cities in all of Europe. And I know you’re probably thinking I’m biased because I’m a local, but it’s true. You see, everything about the British capital is larger than life. With its rich history, vibrant culture, magnificent architecture, eccentric fashion, wild nightlife, and unrivalled culinary scene, London ignites your senses in the best possible way.

I grew up on the outskirts of London, and while I like to think I know the city pretty well, I’m certainly no expert. You know what they say, you rarely explore the beauty that’s right on your doorstep. But last year I pledged to change that. And I’ve seen more of London in the past 12 months than I have in the past 30 years. That said, I certainly can’t claim to know it all. It would be easy to spend weeks if not months exploring London and just about scratch the surface.

With this in mind, the goal of this 4 day London itinerary, is to cover several of the cities major landmarks such as the London Eye, Tower of London, and Buckingham Palace. But you’ll also discover a slightly alternative side of London by visiting quirky neighbourhoods such as Shoreditch and Camden. Not to mention, eating at remarkable restaurants and drinking at traditional London pubs along the way.

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London Gay Travel Resources

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