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Georgia Voice interviewed several African-American lesbians to gain insight into their lived experience.

Each of the women stressed they couldn’t speak for all black lesbians, just for their personal experience.“First,” Hartwell says,” just being a black woman is tough enough in America, but being a black lesbian only adds to it.

Although the gay and lesbian community has moved forward with our civil rights, society still views black lesbianism as taboo.

You can add homophobia to the mix, but that’s the only challenge I see that separates us from other black women.”“The only advantage I can think of,” writes Lez Intellect, “is being a lesbian allows me to look critically at black men (and men period) without the emotions straight black women experience.

I’m not looking to black men for understanding and/or affection.

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