My gaydar sucks

October 22, 2010 at 11:41 pm 4 comments

Hey ladies.
I have a question: how do you tell when a girl is gay? This may seem like something I should know, and something that would be practically essential to my survival as a lesbian, but I still have no idea. Is it because I have a thing for straight girls? Is it because I’m being too hopeful that all girls are actually a bit gay? Is it because girls ARE becoming more gay? I don’t know. All I know is that I’m very confused all the time.

What I’ve come to understand are that there are a few tell-tale signs of a lesbian, and then also additional clues coupled with one or more of these signs adds additional coverage. Or if the signs aren’t present, but enough clues are, then they are also a lesbian. Here are what I consider signs from what I’ve learned on Effing Dykes and Autostraddle, mostly:


  • “Interested In: Women” on Facebook
  • Seen making out with another girl, other than at a sorority/fraternity party
  • Seen comfortable at a gay club/bar
  • Has a “Nobody knows I’m a lezbian” t-shirt
  • Girls name other than her mother tattooed on her


  • Lip-piercing: this is the most important, apparently
  • Fedora: only a non-straw-type fedora, such as felt
  • Likes The L Word
  • Likes America’s Next Top Model
  • Likes Tegan and Sara
  • Likes Skins
  • Chose the romantic relationship Leliana on Dragon Age: Origins
  • Has a huge love for blazers
  • Would “go gay” for Angelina Jolie/Keira Knightly/Natalie Portman/Ellen Page/Kristen Stewart/etc.
  • Lots o’ plaid in wardrobe
  • Loves cats

via fuckyeahdykes

This is sort of all I have to go on. Maybe there are other ways to tell…but I haven’t found them. Help me please?


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. K  |  October 23, 2010 at 7:43 pm


    • 2. Junko  |  October 23, 2010 at 7:49 pm

      BAHAHA. Yes. You’re right. THAT’S what I need. >_<

  • 3. Bee  |  October 26, 2010 at 1:07 am

    If there is some magical secret for telling which girls are gay I wish someone would let me know too. My gaydar is terrible and also I am a terrible lesbian apparently. I only exhibit three of the signs on your list. Might be time to get me a lip piercing and a fedora 🙂

    • 4. Junko  |  October 26, 2010 at 7:43 am

      Ahaha, after I found out that fedoras were really gay I went out and bought one. There are very few occasions which I actually wear them, but it’s soooo much fun. I think you could easily seem more gay if you liked Tegan and Sara, Skins, and The L Word. Or talked about them in rapid succession. *lol* Just kidding…but not really.

      Thanks for the comment!


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