7 Facts You May Not Know About LGBT Pride

June is Pride month, a time of celebration for the LGBT community worldwide. And every year, cities all around the world organize month-long festivities to commemorate and support sexual and gender minorities‘ liberation.

But how much do we really know about the history of this now-global phenomenon? Test your knowledge below:

1. Pride commemorates the Stonewall Inn riots.

In 1969, it was still illegal for LGBT people to meet in public places, and bars that catered to the LGBT community were regularly targeted by law enforcement. Homosexuality was still classified as a mental disorder by the American Psychological Association, and LGBT people were undergoing electroconvulsive therapy and being institutionalized for expressing themselves.

The night of the riot, patrons at the Stonewall Inn, a bar located in Manhattan’s West Village neighborhood, was full of its typical LGBT-friendly clientele. The police were aware that LGBT people frequented the bar and would …

The 12 Best Things About Being a Lesbian

Whether you’re well-versed in lesbianhood, a total newbian, or just curious about the positive aspects of being gay-as-hell, this list is sure to help you understand exactly why being a lesbian is so goddamn wonderful.

1. You get to make out with girls.

Making out with girls is awesome for a hundred bajillion reasons. One being the increased potential for flavored lip gloss. Who doesn’t love strawberries with their make-out session?!

2. You can make-out in dressing rooms and public bathrooms and pretty much anywhere you ever want ever…

The world is your make-out oyster. Girls go to the bathroom together all the time, so like, oops you’re going to the bathroom together and now you’re making out against a wall and no one knows a single thing. Bar bathroom not your ideal setting for a boner? No worries, try dressing rooms! Insider tip: The dressing rooms at Old Navy …

5 Facts About Lesbian & Bisexual Women’s Health

Too often, “women’s health” means “straight women’s health,” and queer ladies are left in the dust. But bisexual and lesbian sexual health shouldn’t be a footnote, because all women — and, in particular, all young women — need to be educated about how various sexual health issues affect them.

As a teen, I was super jealous of my friends who identified as lesbians and would proudly declare they could never get STIs because they only slept with women. Today, there’s a bit more information out on the subject, and, unfortunately, no one is immune to sexually transmitted infections. A study published in Reuters Health found that 1 in 4 women who sleep with women will contract at least one STI in their lives, and another study found that bisexual and lesbian women are more likely to have bacterial vaginosis — although scientists have yet to figure out exactly why …