Best. Lesbian. Week. Ever. (April 18, 2008)

Last month Portugal’s biggest newspaper, Expresso, featured a local cable TV talk show host, Solange F, on the cover with the headline "Sou lésbica! E então?" ("I’m a lesbian! So what?")

According to AE reader Mariana, Solange is the very first lesbian to really come out publicly in Portugal, causing other newspapers and Portuguese blogs to write about it afterward.

Although the 12-page article focused mostly on Solange, it also profiled a handful of other out lesbians in Portugal. "Six lesbians come out publicly for the first time on the Portuguese press," the newspaper touted in the introduction. "Some of them have kids from previous heterosexual relationships and others want to become mothers through artificial insemination. The new generation comes out earlier and earlier, plans on getting married and wants equal rights. All of them want to be seen as completely normal people."

When asked why she decided to do this, Solange said in a video: "I did this because I think there’s a lot of people who are afraid to be happy. They’re afraid of what other people might think, they’re afraid of judgment and discrimination. The question I have for them is: for how long are you going to postpone your happiness? And for whose sake? Everyone should act as they feel, with their head held high. Always. Love can conquer anything. Good luck!" (Thanks to Mariana for the translation!)

And regarding the ladder picture — did anyone else immediately think, "How many Portuguese lesbians does it take to screw in a light bulb?" No? Just me, then?

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