The 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 his core, a lesbro is a male friend to at least one, but possibly several, lesbians. This column shares a little bit about some famous lesbros that we love.
This week’s Lesbro: Troy Nixey.
Troy Nixey is a Canadian comic book artist and filmmaker. His short, Latchkey’s Lament, premiered at the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival. His new film Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, co-written and produced by Guillermo Del Toro for Miramx Films, will hit theaters this summer.
AfterEllen.com: Of the above three definitions of a lesbro, which do you think describes you best?
Honestly, none of them. I’m proud to know some really excellent women who happen to be lesbians, one in particular who I count among my very close friends. My understanding of the above urban dictionary definitions puts a focus on a women’s sexual preference as a contributing factor for the friendship which I feel plays no role in why I’m a friend with the gay women I know.
AE: What is the best thing about your lesbian friend/s?
AE: 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?
AE: What stereotype about lesbians have you found to be false?
AE: What do you think it is specifically that draws you towards being friends with lesbians?
AE: How has your fiancee responded to your friendships with lesbians?
AE: You have just wrapped a big Hollywood film. As a director, do you understand why people in entertainment still are hiding their sexuality?
TN: Absolutely I do. I feel very fortunate, as a director, I get to work behind the camera and therefore maintain a great deal of anonymity. Obviously those in front of the camera aren’t afforded the same luxury. I understand why people work very hard to keep all facets of their private life private not just who they prefer to date and share their life with. If a gay person decides to live their life out and open to the world then more power to them and if they decide to keep it private then more power to them as well but the decision should be up to the individual not a gossip site/magazine. I can’t imagine dealing with the pressure of that bright of a spotlight.
Troy’s film Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark stars Guy Pearce and Katie Holmes. Check out the trailer and see it in theaters August 12.