Being a lesbian means that you are romantically, emotionally, and/or sexually attracted to another woman.
Sometimes lesbians prefer the word gay which can mean the same thing. Some people feel that this term is derogatory and choose not to use it because homosexuality was considered a mental illness until the early 1970's when the diagnosis was taken out of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders You can find additional info about coming out as a lesbian from our LGBTQ 101 page.
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Records from the SMYHL conference comprise the bulk of this series, and since this conference was hosted by IU twice, these records are further arranged by conference year.
Select files are closed to researchers at this time. Restricted files are listed where they would fall in the intellectual arrangement of the collection but are physically located at the end of the collection. Serious discussions about the formation of a campus support center for gays and lesbians began in the late 1980s.
IYG believes that no matter what anyone tells you, that identifying as gay was something that was predetermined for you. Some people say that they thought they were bisexual and then realized they were a lesbian.
Some people identify as bisexual even though they know deep down they are a lesbian.
Transsexual would not be added to the office’s name until 1997.
Doug Bauder, who is gay and an ordained minister, was hired to be the coordinator of the office. The office of the GLBT Support Services strives to be a resource center for all members of the Indiana University campus, not just those who fall under the GLBT label.