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.
Vivek Shraya is a transplanted prairie boy living in Toronto. Active in the local queer community, he’s also a musician who has toured North America, showcased at NXNE and CMW, and appeared with Tegan and Sara, Dragonette and Melissa Ferrick. Shraya has released five records, including 2009’s Keys & Machines, and was recently featured on Degrassi and ABC’s Private Practice. God Loves Hair is his first book.
AfterEllen.com: Of the above three definitions of a lesbro, which do you think describes you best?
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?
All of my other favourite lesbian (relationship) stereotypes are found in this amazing video.
AE: What do you think it is specifically that draws you towards being friends with lesbians?
AE: How has your girlfriend (or past girlfriends if you are not in a relationship now) responded to your friendships with lesbians?
AE: You have worked with a lot of celesbians … can you describe what was it like working with Meghan Toohey?
AE: There is a testimonial by Sara Quin (of Tegan and Sara) on the back of the book you released last year called God Loves Hair. Can you describe how that came about?
Find out more about this week’s Lesbro at vivekshraya.com.