A lesbian who has some tie to the male identity, or a male who has some tie to the lesbian identity. This can be because of past experiences identifying as a lesbian, being on the cusp between butch & man, being multigender or genderfluid, having a strong connection to maleness and/or masculinity as a trans lesbian, etc. There are infinite reasons as to why one would label themselves as a lesbian man, male, guy, or boy; their experiences are diverse and valid.

Cisgender + heterosexual men are not included within this definition.

Self-Made Men: Identity and Embodiment among Transsexual Men by Henry Rubin, 2003

Tommy Boys, Lesbian Men, and Ancestral Wives: Female Same-sex Practices in Africa by Ruth Morgan and Saskia Wieringa, 2005 (NSFW)

Transgender Butch by J Halberstam, 1998

Butch/femme: Inside Lesbian Gender by Sally Munt, 1997

Uplift and support your male lesbian/lesboy friends and community members! Reaffirm them of their validity and educate people who are against them. We deserve your support and recognition just as much as strictly fem-aligned and strictly female lesbians.