Lesbians And Key Rings: A Cultural Love Story

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Lesbians And Key Rings: A Cultural Love Story
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The belt side key ring is one of the most surviving sartorial representation of lesbian culture, one of the few customs of our kind that's both peaceable and right. Gays seeking the internet for methods to find their soulmate and send out lesbian vibes will learn that "the cosmic key chain sign for lesbians is the carabiner clip" and even straight people know it.

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Sparkling yellow carabiner.

Sparkling yellow carabiner.

And that joke in which comedian Fortune Feimster laughed at Pharrell Williams who wore sparkling yellow carabiner on his pants in 2015 at BET Awards.

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And how can we forget this!

And how can we forget this!
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Kate McKinnon's poorly performed lesbian character in 2015's Sister! That has a whole collection of carabiners to her name.

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Alison Bechdel reveals a lot about her own experiences as well in an email.

Alison Bechdel reveals a lot about her own experiences as well in an email.
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Bechdel wrote, "As a kid, I thought bunches of keys on belts were just really cool, but I don't think I ever saw a woman wearing one, then after college, I moved to New York City and got one myself, I can't quite remember what possessed me. Maybe I saw someone else doing it. Or maybe I just saw it at the hardware store and thought, 'what the hell! I'm in New York, I can do whatever I want,' " reports Slate.com

The origin of 'Key Ring' as a 'Lesbian' flagging device.

The origin of 'Key Ring' as a 'Lesbian' flagging device.
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The technique stems from the history of butch women being attracted to the dominant aesthetic of blue-collar jobs and being shunted into such work because they didn't fit the sexuality moulds of the other career tracks like the stewardess, waitress, secretary which were available to women in ancient times.

Without strict dress codes, women who worked as custodians, postal workers, and mechanics could stretch the boundaries of accepted gender presentations. They also needed easily accessible keys.

All I want to say is, it's an identifier...

All I want to say is, it's an identifier...
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"An identifier, a way to make myself visible to other lesbians, and not even in a sexual way, just as a way of connecting and finding community," calls Bechdel.

Fun Home and it's journey to Broadway.

The reason why these 'Ring of Keys' has held such a profound resonance is simple.

The reason why these 'Ring of Keys' has held such a profound resonance is simple.

For the communities which are facing discrimination and injustice, which have only a few supporters in the crowd of millions. In that case, it becomes hard for 'them' to identify people from their community.

Ring Of Keys from Fun Home (2014).

As now, the sacred symbol has been broadcast from Broadway stages, it feels a bit obvious to get noticed in the public.

"Nowadays I keep my keys on a carabiner, and stow them in my bag," Bechdel told Slate.com.

"There are certain occasions when clipping them onto my belt loop makes the most sense, but ever since 'Ring of Keys' became the national butch anthem, I feel strangely self-conscious about doing that."

Is it right for LGBT Communities to use sacred symbols to differentiate themselves from the crowd?