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Posted by Aston Avery

Lesbian Visibility Week – lesbians delay coming out due to stereotypes

Research from LGBT+ charity Just Like Us has found that over a third of lesbians aged between 18-24 delayed coming out due to the label ‘lesbian’ being seen as cringy or awkward (34%) or over sexualized (36%).

One in three young lesbians it was considered masculine or butch (31%) while 30% said being a lesbian was considered wrong whilst a quarter said it was thought of a taboo (24%), embarrassing (24%) or unattractive (22%).

Across all ages, two thirds (68%) said that they delayed coming out as lesbian due to associations with the label.

Aston spoke to Amy Ashenden, head of communications at Just Like Us.

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