Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

What Makes a Family. (Reader Forum)

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

What Makes a Family. (Reader Forum)

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Thank you for B. Ruby Rich's column "Lesbian Without a Nation" [Frames of Mind, October 9]. I have often believed that lesbians are called upon, like dykes in shining armor, to cheerfully defend the spineless specimens of womanhood. Only we're never given any honors for our courage and often treated as the enemy when women would rather go back to their wife-beaters and sell back their rights as human beings to feel "loved." After all this, what have women done for lesbians as far as proliferating our rights to be in spousal relationships or parents? Instead, lesbians are branded as the enemy of the family unit simply because we refuse the traditional roles of women. We need to develop support networks to take care of our own needs and put the "oxygen masks" on ourselves first, or we'll never get the community support we need and deserve.

Deb Aloisi, Indianapolis, Ind.

Rich wonders when being a lesbian became "exclusionary." As I remember, it was shortly after the word gay became the euphemism for homosexual. …

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