It’s our day, lezzies! As you know, Lesbian Visibility Day takes place every year on April 26th. This year, we may all be stuck at home, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still celebrate all things lesbian from the comfort of your couch! All types of LGBTQ+ celebrations are undergoing a stark adjustment to these COVID-19 times, from digital Prides to virtual fundraisers, and Lesbian Visibility Day is no different. Founded in 2008, Lesbian Visibility Day is one of the few days of the year when lesbians are in the spotlight, and it’s important to mark the occasion even if you can’t go out and celebrate with friends.
So, how can you celebrate Lesbian Visibility Day without disobeying lockdown orders? Here are 10 ideas.
Donate to your local lesbian bar
If you’re lucky enough to have a lesbian bar in your area, chances are good that they’re struggling right now. Since you can’t go there and have a drink in person, try enjoying an ~adult beverage~ at home and tipping your local lez hangout as generously as you can afford to.
Watch Melissa Etheridge, Kesha, and more perform for GLAAD
GLAAD is hosting a special live-streamed fundraiser for LGBTQ+ centers on Sunday, April 26th at 8 p.m., which just so happens to be Lesbian Visibility Day. Melissa Etheridge is performing, along with Kesha, Mj Rodriguez, and others, and the event will raise money for over 250 LGBTQ+ centers across the country.
Discover your new favorite lesbian podcast
If there’s anything queer-antine is good for, it’s catching up on all those podcasts you never had time to listen to before. There are lots of lesbian podcasts around these days — some of our favorites are Dyking Out, Lez Hang Out, and Big Dyke Energy.
Watch “The L Word” — again
Where would lesbian visibility even BE in 2020 if it weren’t for “The L Word?” Re-watch an episode! Watch the new “Generation Q!” Play some “The L Word” trivia on Zoom with your besties! Watch an interview with Katherine Moennig or Jennifer Beals and swoon!
Binge the best new lez television shows
There’s now much more to lesbian TV in addition to “The L Word.” Have you seen “Feel Good” on Netflix? “Vida” on Starz? “Work In Progress” on Showtime? “A Secret Love” on Netflix? If not, please watch. There are also a ton of new gay TV shows that feature young lesbian and queer characters, and we’re here for it.
Listen to a lesbian playlist
Turn the volume all the way up on your favorite lesbian classics, from Melissa Etheridge to Tracy Chapman and the Indigo Girls. This is also a great time to discover someone new! King Princess, Syd, Young M.A., and Hayley Kiyoko are calling your name, honey. Lucky for you, GO Mag assembled an amazing lesbian playlist last year that mixes both new and old.
Enjoy a lesbian movie date night
Whether you’re co-quarantined with your partner or haven’t seen your boo in weeks, it’s time to pop some popcorn and queue up “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” (or “Carol” or “But I’m a Cheerleader” or your own favorite lesbian movie). Friend dates count too.
Share a selfie (or 50) on social media
Contribute to lesbian visibility your damn self by posting photos of your beautiful lesbian self all over on social media. Get dressed up in your fave quarantine lewks and stage a photoshoot; self-timer is your friend. If you do this, please tag us!
Read the most lesbian book you can find
Draw a hot bath, put the new Fiona Apple album on, and open up a riveting lesbian book. How about the book that inspired “Carol:” Patricia Highsmith’s “The Price of Salt”? Or if you want a super light read, Katie Heaney’s “Girl Crushed” is a charming young adult tale about a high school lesbian couple. Buy an ebook so you can start reading right away!
Peruse GO’s archives
You’re currently scrolling on a long-time lesbian publication with a staff full of creative, witty, wise lesbians — why not make the best of it and peruse our archives for lesbian dating advice, personal essays, interviews, roundups, and so much more?
Happy Lesbian Visibility Day, from our couches to yours. We love you!