Why Do So Many Queer Women Have Tattoos?

Historically some of you are probably familiar with ordinances like people in gay bars being required to wear at least three items of “gender-appropriate” clothing. This was mostly utilized as a technicality to enforce incarcerating drag queens, butch lesbians, trans folks, and anybody else they felt like hauling in that night. Dressing in ways that people find to be appropriately gendered has been a way that gender has been coercively normalized and aimed at queer folks in particular for a very long time. But something that some (often, butch) lesbians did was to have a small blue star tattoo on their hand or wrist so that folks in the know could spot them.

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