The Long Way Home
One Woman’s Journey to Finding Self-Acceptance Through Sisterhood
Everyone says there’s no unity in the lesbian community. Here’s how a small group of determined women are coming together to change that.
A few years ago, I decided I wanted to connect with a group of women like me – go-getters who were dedicated to living proud, out lives and supporting and encouraging each others’ success. I’d been down this road before, and unfortunately been left disillusioned by the experience. Still, I held out hope.
The idea came suddenly. I’d join a sorority designed exclusively to meet the needs of lesbian women. The idea was to collaborate with other professionals, create a talent pool and go out into the community and mentor young women and girls walking the same path we’d trod.
It turned out not to be quite so easy.
After years of research, I still hadn’t found the place for me. I take nothing away from other LGBT sororities; my needs were very particular. The most important aspect of lesbian sorority life for me was the opportunity to connect with empowered, self-accepting women who genuinely expressed sisterly love. Because I’m already a part of two more “traditional” fraternal organizations, I knew, for me, that meant finding women on a similar life path. They had to be forward thinking women who were successful in their own right. We had to speak the same language.
“The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them.”
– George Bernard Shaw
After a lot of thought, I came to a decision. If I could not find what I hoped to join, I’d create it….
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