At some point, I stopped correcting people, but the term still fascinates and intrigues me. It is unique in that it relates to a specific place. The island was mentioned in Homeric epics and several myths, then sometime between and BCE, a woman named Sappho was born. She went on to become a great poet. What the historical record shows about Sappho is limited, much of her poetry has been destroyed some believe intentionally. Which is to say, Sappho was definitely a Lesbian in the sense that she was from Lesbos, but whether or not she was a lesbian in the sense of being gay is still debated.
To nominate someone else as a Quality Contributor, message the mods. Where does the term "lesbian" come from? Is is associated with the greek island of Lesbos? Anyone from Lesbos is technically a Lesbian. The association with female same sex attraction comes from Sappho. She is held in high esteem in the ancient world, and we still find new fragments in private collections or on burial linens. Her most famous poem is "He appears to me, that one, equal to the gods," Sappho
Arriving at the tiny airport of Mytilene on the Greek island of Lesbos, I walk past a sign advertising "Lesbian wine". I'm on my way to Eressos, a small Greek village where, I am told, lesbian tourists are 10 a penny. This island in the Aegean Sea is to some lesbians what Torremolinos is to holidaymakers - the destination of choice for those who want to sunbathe and party with kindred spirits, and be open about their sexuality.
Question: What is the origin of the word lesbian? The word lesbian means a female homosexual or woman who is primarily attracted to other women. Where did this word come from? The term came to describe women who love women after the island's most famous resident, the poet Sappho.