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My Life as a Rainbow: The Lesbian Dictionary

By Denise Gotay
On April 12, 2012

In the lesbian world, there are different kinds of rainbow girls. Some people get confused as to what kind of a lesbian a girl is. You may think the only thing you need to know about a lesbian is their love for women but of course that's not enough to get through the lezzie lingo. The following terms and labels are the common names rainbow girls use to describe themselves.


Lipstick Lesbian: These girls stick close to their feminine side. They enjoy dating other lipstick lezzies as well as studs and butches.

Butch:  The opposite of a lipstick lesbian. They carry masculine characteristics and tends to be the dominate one in the relationship. They also dress and act very manly.

Soft Butch: When you add a lipstick lesbian and a butch together, you get the very androgynous soft butch lesbian. Even though they carry masculine characteristics like a butch, they do have girly tendencies like a regular lipstick lezzie.

Stud: Same thing as a butch but is applied to African Americans.

Baby Dyke: A lesbian who just came out of the closet.

Gold Star Lesbian: A lesbian who has never slept with a man.

Boi:  A lesbian who has a boyish appearance.

Diesel Dyke: A very manly lesbian who is very aggressive.

Bisexual: A woman who is sexually and emotionally attractive to both sexes.

Lesbophile: Someone who loves or appreciates lesbians.

LUG: (Lesbian Until Graduation) these ladies experiment with women during their college years but decide she's straight and marries a man after graduating.

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