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Dykon Meaning (lesbian slang)

A dykon is somebody who is very well known among the lesbian community, but might not be as famous in mainstream pop culture. It’s another fun LGBTQ hybrid term, mixing “dyke” with “icon.” A dykon can be a famous lesbian, aka a celesbian, or it can be a straight woman dykes worship due to their gay roles or gay energy, i.e. Cate Blanchett or Natasha Lyonne. 

A dykon is a dyke icon. It can be a famous lesbian, aka a celesbian, or a straight woman dykes worship, i.e. Cate Blanchett or Natasha Lyonne.

Who are some pop culture dykons?

Dykons can also include animated characters, like Ursula from The Little Mermaid or the sad aunt with her cat in Lady and the Tramp. A dykon is anybody who dykes instantly recognize for their gay energy. It could be somebody who has played a lesbian in a movie, or one of the few actual famous lesbians. Sometimes dykons come in power couples, like Sarah Paulson and Holland Taylor. Or Niecy Nash and Jessica Betts. 

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While celesbians might be temporary, dykons go down in dyke history. Some dykons throughout the decades include Rosetta Tharpe, Audre Lourde, Wanda Sykes, Lea DeLaria, Lily Tomlin, Samira Wiley, Hayley Kiyoko, King Princess, Kate McKinnon, Lena Waithe, Ellen Page, Sue from The Great British Bakeoff, and Disney’s cyclops lesbian cop.

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