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: Joseph Cultice.
Joseph Cultice began his photography career as a young rock ‘n roll-obsessed teen in Phoenix, Ariz. where he was inspired by his floor-to-ceiling KISS and David Bowie posters and lots of mescaline. He moved to New York City in 1990 and immediately began making an international name for himself as one of the top music and fashion photographers. His first big break came when he worked with Nine Inch Nails and he was also the man behind the award-winning iconic album cover of Marilyn Manson’s Mechanical Animals. He later directed Manson’s tour documentary, Dead the the World.
Joseph lives in New York and Los Angeles with his wife and son, and he’s also this writer’s mentor and favorite photographer.
AfterEllen.com: Of the above three definitions of Lesbro, which do you think describes you best?
AE: What is the best thing about your lesbian friend/s?
I guess I do love woman — straight or gay — more then men. I do love my gay males, because they might be more in touch with their female side. I hope I am. Woman are the better and stronger of the two genders, hands down. So if I want to be funny we both love p—y.
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?
I love woman, deep in my bones. Having lesbian babes around has nothing to do with my big “0” on the scale. Or does it? I don’t know.
AE: What stereotype about lesbians have you found to be false?
We stereotype ourselves into the crowd we most want to identify with at different parts of our lives. We all change and all grow. One day you are in leather shorts, the next, worn 501s and a grey pullover.
AE: What do you think it is specifically that draws you towards being friends with lesbians?
AE: How has your wife and past girlfriends responded to your friendships with lesbians?
AE: When did you work for Annie Leibovitz and for how long?
AE: What was it like working for her? What was the most important lesson you learned from her?
AE: Did you ever meet Susan [Sontag, Annie’s late partner]?
AE: Aw, what was it like working with Joan Jett?
I am wrestling with that now, putting out a book and wanting to tell the stories. I am finding I can’t. I can talk all I want at parties and in private, but once it become printed it’s a different story. It is a privilege to be in such close proximity to the people I get to work with. They are all so talented, and a lot of them are my heroes. All I can say is Joan gives great photo.
Visit josephcultice.com for more on Joseph and his work.