Learn what it means to be Lesbian


Lesbian, also known as homosexual, refers to the sexual orientation of an individual who identifies as female, who is physically, romantically, or emotionally attracted to other people who identify as female. Asexual, Transgender, and non-binary individuals may choose to use lesbian to describe their sexuality, but it does not mean individuals in those groups are automatically lesbian.


Is it normal to be lesbian?

Yes! Human sexuality exists on a spectrum, and homosexuality is a completely normal expression of sexuality. A person can not change or influence their sexuality but rather can choose how they label it.

Do I need to have sex to know I am lesbian?

Absolutely not! A person does not need to have a physical experience with someone to know their sexual orientation, nor does someone need to have dated someone to know their sexual orientation. Straight people do not need to have had a physical experience with the opposite gender in order to know they are straight.

Lesbian Pride Flag

Lesbian Flag

The Lesbian Pride Flag was created initially in 1999, and has gone under several designs since. The flag represents individuals who identify as Lesbian including intersex, transgender, and nonbinary individuals.  The flag pictured to the left is the 5-stripe Lesbian Flag, but a 7 strip version is also widely used.

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Additional Resources

Trevor Project - Gay + Lesbian

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Last Reviewed: November 2023