Welcome to the Lesbian Revolution
Why I wrote a punk rock lesbian protest song.
It happened during smoky season, the time of year between summer and autumn when the wildfires blaze across the West Coast. In August 2018, I was in the thick of a growing lesbian liberation movement.
Few people knew at the time, but I was sleeping in my vehicle at night to save money. Even though I had a job, the cost of living kept climbing and I was one of approximately 3,500 people auto camping in Seattle. 2,500 others slept in tents, bushes, and doorways.
Following the 2016 Election, I’d been involved with the Democratic Resistance on social media, but in mid 2017 I started to realize my fellow Dems were ignoring a huge problem. Lesbians were being harassed both online and in person for being same-sex attracted, and I was shocked to find it was all coming from people who claimed to be liberal or progressive. My focus naturally shifted to helping my lesbian community. By Pride 2018, the global mainstream left, “LGBTQ+” organizations and media included, had completely become anti-lesbian, and they’d also ramped up attacks on women’s rights and protections.
Lesbian and gay magazines I used to buy off newsstands, including The Advocate and Diva, now published articles and social media posts telling lesbians we’re bigots for being lesbians.
Lesbian and gay magazines I used to buy off newsstands, including The Advocate and Diva, now published articles and social media posts telling lesbians we’re bigots for being lesbians. They launched campaigns to change the meaning of what a lesbian is, attempting to erase us. They told us excluding penis was hateful, casting a dark cloud of rape culture over the LGBT community.
I fought back and found lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, and straight allies who saw the Orwellian dystopia for what it was. Soon I was getting articles published and having meetings and calls with lesbian activists all over the world.
One of my new social media friends happened to be a legendary Seattle guitarist. She saw my posts and used them as inspiration for the instrumentals. By the end of the first day we recorded my lyrics, I decided we sounded like Big Dyke Energy.
One hot day in July, I had enough of the lesbophobic persecution and decided there was no other way but out. It was time for lesbians to break up with the patriarchal alphabet soup. I started writing song lyrics, which I posted on Twitter and Facebook. One of my new social media friends happened to be a legendary Seattle guitarist. She saw my posts and used them as inspiration for the instrumentals. By the end of the first day we recorded my lyrics, I decided we sounded like Big Dyke Energy.
My guitarist Celena Hyena and drummer GILL insisted on using aliases because they feared career backlash in the local music scene. There are many people like them that work behind the cloak of anonymity because resisters have been doxxed and had their jobs and lives threatened. Despite the persecution, I chose to boldly put it all on the line and live my truth.
I drove along the Seattle coast with my window rolled down, howling and singing. “Get the L out!” echoed across the Puget Sound.
I listened to the instrumental tracks my bandmates recorded over and over, while I worked around the Emerald City. Laying down the lyrics in this song was all about surfing, riding the waves of percussion and guitars. I wiped out a lot in the beginning, but after a few days of hard work I started to master the rhythm. Elated by the breakthrough, I drove along the Seattle coast with my window rolled down, howling and singing. “Get the L out!” echoed across the Puget Sound.
The next day, I walked into the recording studio still unsure of exactly how I wanted the chorus to sound. I ended up recording half of the entire lyrics, including the chorus. It all came together perfectly. In between takes, I read lesbophobic tweets for inspiration, channeling my anger and turning it into empowerment.
My evangelical mother once blamed the Ninja Turtles for making me gay, so I made sure to wear a classic TMNT T-shirt the first day of recording my lesbian liberation song. We knocked out my lyrics in just two sessions. There was a toxic air warning during the first one, and I was menstruating during the second. These were primal, physical sessions.
Since we wrapped on the song, I’ve been waiting for the right moment to release it. With the misleading, dangerous “Equality Act” threatening my rights, now’s the perfect time for protest music. For the rest of this article, I’ll break down and explain every single line of lyrics, so my message is clear.
Trans folks are cool with me,
But I don’t f*ck with misogyny.
It’s not even about the L versus T.
You see, Pride and LGBT organizations
Have been hijacked by billionaires and corporations.
We jump right into it and then I flip the script, calling out a common misrepresentation from the media and former “LGBT” organizations. This isn’t about “transphobia.” It’s about exposing the corruption that’s infiltrated the LGBT community and hitting the reset button. Extremists have hijacked the trans movement to the extent that being a homosexual or a woman is considered “transphobic,” which does harm to victims of actual transphobia and also perpetuates homophobia and misogyny… all in the name of so-called “inclusion.”
Pride has become commercialized, a far cry from the original protest it was. Corporations don’t care about us, and billionaires, along with Big Pharma, have hijacked the LGBT movement for profit. Follow the money.
Let’s get the L out!
Protest is Pride.
Lesbians are fighting back. We won’t allow ourselves to be erased. This is why we’re prioritizing our community and getting the L out of the compromised LGBTQ+.
Pride started as a protest. The Stonewall Revolution began with Stormé DeLarverie, a black butch lesbian who refused to get in the back of a police paddy wagon without a fight on June 28, 1969. That act of defiance sparked lesbians and gay men to rebel at the Stonewall Inn.
Speaker talking about the leadership of lesbians from the beginning at Stonewall and in the first Gay March in NYC…vimeo.com
Get the L out!
Get the L out!
LGBT is a sell out.
Get the L out!
Get the L out!
LGBT is a sell out!
The average, uninformed person assumes the modern “LGBTQ+ movement” is legit because the corrupted organizations and media claim to speak for us. Once upon a time they did, but it should be illegal for these disingenuous institutions to lie that they still serve us when they’re directly harming us.
Lesbians have to come out all over again, this time against the anti-gay and lesbian “LGBTQ+” monolith, who has sold us out to corporations.
Lesbian = Female Homosexual.
That’s not a debate!
It’s textbook Orwellian (and homophobia) to state that a lesbian is anything other than a female homosexual, but so-called “LGBTQ+” organizations and media are boldly homophobic these days. They actually hate lesbians for being lesbians and want to redefine us out of existence. They laugh when we complain about our abuse and label the whole thing “progress.” This is called gaslighting.
Extremists say it’s not cool to be gay.
We have to stand up to this insanity.
Say no to the new conversion therapy.
LGBT ain’t workin’ for me.
I was raised in a Southern Baptist evangelical home, where I received toxic messages about being a woman and homosexual. I’ve faced a lot of misogyny and homophobia growing up. I was even shot at in a hate crime for being visibly lesbian.
It’s heartbreaking that the most dangerous Western enemy of lesbian rights today is the so-called “LGBTQ+,” not evangelicals. The fact that the HRC, GLAAD, the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and even the ACLU are going along with female and lesbian erasure should be a wakeup call to anyone who’s ever cared about women’s rights and gay and lesbian rights. The aforementioned orgs and others are directly working against lesbian rights and promoting modern day conversion therapy by telling lesbians we’re hateful for excluding penis. We have to boycott, condemn, and replace them.
It’s time to take it all back to where it started:
With the L.
A butch lesbian started Pride.
For some reason, uninformed revisionists falsely believe that trans people started the Stonewall Rebellion. This is false. It was and still is gay and lesbian culture to dress in drag, and back then homosexuals did it to blend in, as well as protest. There’s a long history that’s being ignored.
Stormé DeLarverie started the Stonewall Revolution. She was a butch lesbian from Southern Louisiana, like myself. Stormé moved to New York City and gave the rallying call to arms on that fateful night in 1969. “Why don’t you guys do something?” Stormé shouted.
I want lesbians to remember that we lead the charge in the gay and lesbian rights movement. “LGBTQ+” is a recent development, one lesbians never wanted. LGBTQ+ is actively trying to erase us, promoting violence and rape culture against us, and lobbying to take away our rights. It’s time to break away and return to centering lesbians.
Welcome to the Lesbian Revolution!
Get the L… out!
The lesbian liberation movement is rising. We’re grassroots, and that’s something the elitist, powerful “LGBTQ+” organizations and media can’t buy. That’s why they’re scared of us and why they’re doubling down on their lesbophobic attacks, even for the Lesbian Day of Visibility.
Rebellion and disobedience can come in various forms. It could mean suing your high school or university over anti-lesbian or anti-female discrimination. It could mean creating more art and expanding lesbian culture, as well as organizing group meetings.
Support lesbians by amplifying the hard work women are doing. If you can’t donate to a lesbian’s project then you can still promote and find ways to get involved. Or, start your own project. We need to strengthen the resources we have left while creating new ones to replace those that failed us.
I’m working on an entire album of new music, including a rock ballad tribute to Stormé DeLarverie. A lesbian news and culture site and channel are also on the horizon, and I could use sponsors to help with that, as well as a drama TV series I’m developing about lesbians in the movement.
Whether you’re down on your luck or thriving, I hope “Get the L Out” inspires and energizes you. The lesbian community needs your help, your energy. Stormé had big dyke energy in her era. Now it’s time to make your mark. Welcome to the Lesbian Revolution!
If you’re interested in lesbian news and culture, you can find me on Twitter as Amy Dyess.