After Ellen Editor-In-Chief Trish Bendix opened up about the complicated politics of the word “lesbian” in a HuffPost Live interview this week.
Sounding off on reports that “lesbian” was being phased out in favor of more inclusive terms, Bendix noted, “It’s scary because I feel like I’m erasing my identity, and a lot of other women’s identities.”
She went on to note, “We need to figure out a better way to also keep our identity in check and in place while also making sure to be touching all the bases that we want to be. …We still need to be able to have some term that gets us to say, ‘This is who we are and this is what we want and this is what we deserve.”
Bendix’s site emphasizes pop culture in the lesbian and bisexual community, with a “fun, feminist perspective” on everything from Hollywood to sports.
The topic has been a hot one as of late, after San Francisco’s Lexington Club, which is dedicated to a lesbian clientele, closed at the start of 2015 after 18 years of operation.