What is a Lesbian?

A lesbian is a woman who is attracted to another woman. Get the definition of lesbian.

A lesbian is a woman who is attracted to another woman; this attraction can be:

  • physical
  • emotional, or
  • sexual

If you are a woman attracted to another woman, you could be:

  • a lesbian
  • a bisexual
  • a straight woman attracted to a friend

Only time can help you in determining which one of these you are.

While the term 'lesbian' is a term some use to describe themselves, others prefer other terms such as 'gay' or 'queer', while others prefer no label at all.

While some women say they knew they were lesbian from a very early age, or at least that they were different, some women do not come out lesbian until their forties, fifties, or even later - even if they have spent time in a heterosexual marriage. Regardless of the circumstances, what is important is taking the time to get to know who you are.

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Last Updated: 18 August 2016

Reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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