Fashion bible Vogue is in hot water after publishing a feature about model Cara Delevingne which suggested her attraction to women (she is currently dating Annie Clark, a.k.a. St. Vincent) might be ā€œjust a phase.ā€

In the profile, Rob Haskell wrote:

Cara says she felt confused by her sexuality as a child, and the possibility of being gay frightened her... Her parents seem to think girls are just a phase for Cara, and they may be correct. ā€œWomen are what completely inspire me, and they have also been my downfall. I have only been hurt by women, my mother first of all...

When I suggest to Cara that to trust a man, she might have to revise an old and stubborn idea of hers ā€” that women are perennially troubled and therefore only women will accept her ā€” her smile says she concedes the point.

Now, a Care2 petition is demanding that Vogueā€™s editor-in-chief Anna Wintour issue an official apology to the LGBT community for what the petitionā€™s author Julie Rodriguez deems is an ā€œinsensitive and offensiveā€ interview.

ā€œThe idea that queer women only form relationships with other women as a result of childhood trauma is a harmful (and false) stereotype that lesbian and bisexual women have been combating for decades,ā€ Rodriguez wrote. ā€œHow could Vogueā€™s editorial staff greenlight this article and publish it without anyone raising concerns about this dismissive and demeaning language?ā€


As of Thursday afternoon, the petition had received 13,121 of the 14,000 requested signatures. What will happen when it gets all 14,000 is not immediately clear.

ā€œPeople are quick to assume queer womenā€™s identities are a ā€˜phaseā€™ and to refuse to recognize the important relationships in their lives,ā€ she continued. ā€œVogue should have taken this opportunity to combat negative stereotypes, not reinforce them.ā€


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