A lesbian is a woman who prefers romantic and sexual relationships with other women.
The word "lesbian" originally referred to an inhabitant of the island of Lesbos, in ancient Greece. The term has come to have its current meaning due to the ancient Greek lyric poet Sappho, who lived on the island; some of her poems concerned love between women. Whether Sappho was in fact a lesbian, in the modern meaning of the term, is open to question; whilst she did indeed write poems about love between women, there is some dispute as to just how far to interpret her writings in this fashion.
See also feminism. (Suggest we leave this link here for convenience until more pages on these topics are produced.)
- "Lesbian Health" from Planned Parenthood