lesbian : Gay & Black Glossary


lesbian
A non-derogatory term for a female homosexual. It comes from the name of a Greek Island Lesbos where the female poet Sappho lived in antiquity. She was renowned both for the beauty of her verse and her appreciation of the female sex. Lesbian refers to sexual preference, not sexual activity. One could be both lesbian and a virgin/celibate. Just as with male homosexualty, one cannot choose to be a lesbian or chose not to be. You just are.

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