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: Dallas Green.
Musician Dallas Green plays under the moniker City and Colour. He is also a proud Canadian who loves flannel and hugs.
AfterEllen.com: Which of the above definitions of a Lesbro do you think you are?
AE: Sure, but you should explain it to our readers!
AE: I feel that, for real I do! Let’s go for the next question. What is the best thing about your lesbian friends, and I imagine you have more lesbian friends than just your sister.
It’s non-threatening to my wife, which is good being that I am a guy that tours and it can be troublesome at times when you are like, “Oh I met this girl she’s really nice and your wife’s like “What’s her deal?” Whereas you guys, I feel like I always tend to be more friends with girls then I am with dudes. Maybe that’s because I’m like pretty confident in myself just as a person and some guys find that threatening. You know they think or feel that I’m egotistical or something. Whereas I’m just like “I’m me, you know me” — I’m like, whatever. Girls have always just been like “Aw, it’s Dal.”
AE: Do you have sisters? Do you think that has something to do with it?
AE: Well you’re a sensitive guy!
AE: I always ask this question but people don’t seem to understand it. I ask this to the Lesbros because I want to give them an opportunity to talk about their own sexuality. Are you familiar with the Kinsey Scale?
AE: It’s basically a scale from zero to —
AE: Ha! No the Kinsey scale is an attempt to describe a person’s sexual orientation using a scale or zero to six. Zero being exclusively homosexual and six being exclusively heterosexual.
So yeah maybe, I would say sure. I have very close relationships with my friends as well. Me and my male friends, you know there are some guys who are just like “Oh hey bro!” Friends are big huggers I am very comfortable with who and what I am. Oh I’m probably like a three or a two, or three, or whatever.
AE: What stereotypes about lesbians do you find to be false?
AE: What do you think it is that specifically draws you to these friendships?
AE: As a Canadian touring musician and same sex marriage is legal in your country, when you come to the U.S. can you see and feel the oppression. Does it feel different?
AE: Yes you were on tour with Tegan and Sara right before the 2008 elections. That was really intense, I mean we were going through a lot of the red states.
AE: Like what types of things?
But I was just disappointed. It’s like, we are in the future ladies and gentlemen. I just can’t wait for all the old people to die. I really can’t because I feel like there are enough younger people that, by the time that all the older idiots who can’t get over themselves die, I feel like we will all be able to sit down together and say “OK, what works and what doesn’t work?” Do you know what I mean? It seems so easy on paper.
AE: You’ve toured with lots of different bands for many years. Are there any female fronted bands that you were on tour with that you really enjoy?
I did take this girl on tour, Lissie, the last time I played here. She’s great and has a beautiful voice. Oh my God Adele — I wish I could just sing with her! Her new record is so good. I love Hayley from Paramore. I think she has such a beautiful voice. Me and Hayley are buds!
The City and Colour is on tour now.