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lesbian

[′lez·bē·ən]
(psychology)
Pertaining to female homosexuality.
A female homosexual.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Phase 1 was the nation's oldest lesbian bar and the last remaining lesbian bar in Washington, O.C.
Gay health experts have long known that lesbians exhibit risk factors for breast cancer--such as smoking, never experiencing pregnancy and childbirth, and obesity--at higher rates than their straight counterparts.
Thirty-nine percent of heterosexuals, 36% of lesbians and 23% of bisexuals perceived that they had no risk of HIV infection.
Spiritual experiences of gay men and lesbians. Counseling and Values, 42, 4-15.
It was the first book by an African American author to feature a black female character in an interracial, lesbian relationship.
Until now, gays, lesbians and bisexuals in a limited amount of states or municipalities have enjoyed certain heterosexual privileges, such as health or insurance benefits, the right to adopt or have children, the right to work in a discrimination-free environment, and the right to "marry" (e.g., Massachusetts, domestic partner laws in Vermont, California, and over 65 cities).
Ford (1996) found that young lesbians in her sample sought jobs, communities, and employers in which they were less likely to experience discrimination and chose occupations in which they could disclose their sexual orientation.
The available data are derived from two sources: small studies that have directly measured prevalence of common STIs, usually among clinic attendees or self-referred study volunteers, and surveys that have queried lesbians about their self-reported STI history.
Today the Lopatas are among a contingent of Catholic parents nationwide who have established ministries, provided resources, and sought to make the church more welcoming to gays and lesbians.
Lesbians may become pregnant through donor insemination and gay male couples are turning more and more to surrogacy arrangements.
While some mainstream representations of the lesbian bar sexualize lesbians from a heterosexist point of view, others depict it as a space that is useful or curative for heterosexuals.
* The development of "ministry programs" for gays and lesbians and the introduction of these programs and their graduates into every "worshipping community."

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