When people talk about women wearing dresses that say “gay,” it’s usually because the message is often seen as “inclusive” or “socially progressive.”
But it’s not the whole story.
Some women are just using clothing to express their sexuality in ways that don’t involve sexual acts.
For some, it’s just plain fun.
The story of an Australian woman wearing a dress that said “gay” was told by an online user last year.
The Australian woman’s dress has since been deleted, but her online comments are still online.
“I think people should be allowed to express themselves and have their own views,” said Lauren Stapleton, an associate professor at the University of Queensland’s School of Human and Cultural Studies.
Stapleton is a member of a group called “Queer-themed” women’s fashion that advocates for the rights of gay women.
She said the dress was meant to show her “self-expression” in a way that was inclusive of other women, including trans women.
The comments also reflect the cultural norms of the time, Stapton said.
“The comments are part of a wider culture of queer identity, but there are still very few examples of women dressing in ways to show that they are not trans,” she said.
It’s not just fashion that has been used to express a “gay or lesbian” view, though.
“We’ve seen a lot of ‘queer-related’ products that are used as a way of expressing that,” Stapler said.
There are a number of different types of “gay-related” clothing, but the most popular are dresses that depict gay men and lesbians.
Some of the best-known examples are T-shirts that feature a rainbow flag, and the red, pink and blue striped dress that some women in the United States wore to promote the March for Life in March.
But some women don’t simply dress up as gay men, they dress up like straight women in their own way.
“A lot of my friends, if they were queer and didn’t fit into the gay or lesbian category, they would wear that as a costume,” Stacette said.
“It’s really empowering.”
Some people see dressing up as “gayness” and others as “straightness.”
“If you wear it as a queer act, you’re actually wearing that,” said Stacelts sister, Tessa.
“If you don’t, it could be seen as an act of transphobia, or even as an endorsement of violence against trans women.”
Some of Staceltons sister’s sister’s friends are also wearing dresses to express that they’re not gay, but not necessarily to say “I’m gay.”
“It’s more that you can’t tell that you’re not straight,” she explained.
“If they say they’re gay, they could be wearing a shirt that says ‘gay,’ and then it’s like, ‘Yeah, I’m gay,'” Staceline said.
While it’s a “non-issue” to say you’re gay or transgender, Stacolettes sister said she’s also uncomfortable wearing dresses in public that say they support the “bisexual” movement.
“Some of my sisters wear dresses, and they don’t say ‘I’m a lesbian.’
It’s more just the fact that I don’t want to be seen by people as trans or queer, and I’m not willing to stand in the way of people who don’t identify with that,” she added.