Lesbros: Bryan Sheffield

Trusty website UrbanDictionary.com has several definitions for the term lesbro:

1. A man who has more friendships with lesbians than other women or men.

2. The male equivalent of a fag hag.

3. A heterosexual man who is either one or both of the following: a brother to one or more lesbian sisters or friends with a disproportionate amount of homosexual women. “Wow, your brother really only hangs out with gay girls, doesn’t he! And you’re a big gay yourself, sister! What a lesbro you’ve got there! “

To us, a lesbro is a little bit of all, but at their core, a lesbro is a male friend to a lesbian (at least one, but possibly several). Our new regular column will share a little bit about some famous lesbros that we love.

Bryan Sheffield is an Los Angeles-based photographer who still has not quite lost his Boston accent. He is a vegetarian and loves small animals. Recently Sheffield has worked with clients like JanSport, Nylon and The Wire, and currently is on set shooting a new Converse campaign. He has lesbian friends.

Lesbro Q&A: Bryan Sheffield

Of the above definitions of Lesbro, which do you think describes you best?

I think definition #2 best describes me, I guess.

What is the best thing about your lesbian friend/s?

I enjoy my lesbian friends greatly. There is always something I can learn from them, and I love and admire their sense of community and personal pride.

Do you think that having lesbian friends has anything to do with where you fall on the Kinsey scale? Care to comment on your own sexuality?

My Kinsey scale rating is 0. I don’t think my friendship with any lesbian has affected my sexuality. I estimate 80 percent of people I meet assume I am gay. Both men and women make this assumption all the time.

What stereotype about lesbians have you found to be false?

I honestly don’t think any stereotypes, about anyone, are false. We are all stereotypical, and we all stereotype everyone. It keeps us unique in trying to avoid them and judgments. I try not to judge anyone. I have learned that we are all different people, and it is a beautiful world if we can embrace that fact and learn from one another. I try to do that daily. All my friends are different then me. I cherish all that they can teach me.

What do you think it is specifically that draws you towards being friends with lesbians?

I don’t think I am specifically “drawn” towards friendships with any lesbians, but I am always drawn to people that have tons of self confidence and talents. All of my lesbian friends fall into this category, but I have heterosexual and asexual friends that are the same way.

How has your girlfriend (or past girlfriends if you are not in a relationship now) responded to your friendships with lesbians?

My girlfriend is always loving towards my lesbian friends. She had a slew of gay male friends, too.

Find out more about Bryan Sheffield and his photography at bryansheffield.com.

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