Media featuring lesbian characters, media created by lesbians, and public figures who are lesbians.



  • Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu (1871–1872)
  • Idylle Saphique by Liane de Pougy (1901)

Lesbian pulp fiction[]


  • Stone Butch Blues, Drag King Dreams, and non-fiction works by Leslie Feinberg

Comic books and graphic novels[]



Live action[]

  • Bound (1996)
  • But I'm a Cheerleader (1999)
  • Mulholland Drive (2001)
  • D.E.B.S. (2004)
  • Carol (2015)
  • The Handmaiden (2016)
  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)


  • Trick or Treat Scooby-Doo! (2022)



Public figures[]

  • Alison Bechdel, American writer and illustrator, most well known for her comic series "Dykes to Watch Out For"[5]
  • Angela Davis[6]
  • Ann Bannon, American author most well known for writing the Beebo Brinker novels, whose titular character was a butch lesbian herself[5]
  • Audre Lorde, African-American poet and civil rights activist[5][7]
  • Clea Duvall[8]
  • Jane Lynch[9]
  • Jeanette Winterson, English author[5]
  • Jenny Shimizu[10]
  • Kate McKinnon[11]
  • Lauren Morelli[12]
  • Lea DeLaria[13]
  • Lena Waithe[14]
  • Raven-Symoné[15]
  • Rita Mae Brown, American author who also campaigned for civil rights, gay rights, and feminism[5]
  • Robin Roberts[16]
  • Ruby Rose[17]
  • Ruth Hunt, CEO of the UK-based Stonewall charity[5]
  • Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, was posthumously revealed to be the first known gay astronaut[18]
  • Samira Wiley[12]
  • Sarah Waters, Welsh novelist[5]
  • Stormé DeLarverie, civil riots icon and key figure in the Stonewall riots[19]
  • Wanda Sykes[20]


  1. Revealed in Captain Marvel Vol 5 (2002-2004) #25
  2. "'Steven Universe' Is Reportedly the First Cartoon to Feature a Same-Sex Engagement" on <>(no backup information provided)
  3. "HOOTY HOOTY! I'm Dana Terrace, creator and EP of The Owl House! ASK ME ANYTHING... If you're brave enough." on <>(no backup information provided)
  4. Haruka is explicitly stated to be Michiru's "beloved partner" at about one minute into the second part of the special. The crowd wonders if Haruka and Michiru got married in secret, due to their matching rings.
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 5.6 The Queeriodic Table: A Celebration of LGBTQ+ Culture by Dyer, Harriet. Published 2019 by Summersdale Publishers Ltd. ISBN 9781786857521.
  6. "Angela at Our Table" by Miles, Sara in OUT Magazine. Published February 1998. (archived excerpt)
  7. "Age, Race, Class, and Sex: Women Redefining Difference" by Lorde, Audre in Sister Outsider. Published April 1980 (original paper), 1984 (reprinted) by The Crossing Press. ISBN 0895941422(web archive)
  8. "Clea DuVall Is Finally Playing 'The Gay That I Feel Like I Am'" by Reynolds, Daniel on Published 2016-07-01. (Archived on 2022-02-16)
  9. "Jane Lynch: 'I came wired with extra angst'" by Freeman, Hadley on The Guardian. Published 2011-09-19. (Archived on 2022-02-16)
  10. "Where Are They Now: Jenny Shimizu" by Fitzharris, Dustin on Published 2010-11-09. (Archived on 2022-02-16)
  11. "One Funny Voice at a Time" by Shuster, Yelena on Columbia College Today(Archived on 2020-10-31)
  12. 12.0 12.1 "The Love Portfolio: Samira Wiley + Lauren Morelli" by Lamphier, Jason on Published 2016-12-29. (Archived on 2022-02-16)
  13. Lesbian Comic Lea DeLaria Making It B-i-i-i-i-g! by Whitlock, Jennifer. Published 1993-06-18. (web archive)
  14. "Lena Waithe's Comments About Her Haircut Say a Lot About the Gripping Power of Homophobia author=King, Jamilah" on Teen Vogue. Published 2018-08-10. (Archived on 2022-02-16)
  15. "Raven-Symoné Recalls Industry Pushback in Her Teen Years: 'She Looks Too Much Like a Lesbian'" by Wagmeister, Elizabeth on Variety. Published 2019-06-21. (Archived on 2022-02-16)
  16. "GMA's Robin Roberts Acknowledges Same-Sex Relationship In New Disclosure" by Steinberg, Brian on Variety. Published 2013-12-29. (Archived on 2022-02-16)
  17. "Gender-fluid Ruby Rose opens up about the backlash she's received for identifying as a lesbian" by Gomez, Patrick on Entertainment Weekly. Published 2019-06-05. (Archived on 2022-01-21)
  18. "Why Sally Ride waited until her death to tell the world she was gay" by Boyle, Alan on NBC News archivedate=20220216031744. Published 2012-07-24. (no backup information provided)
  19. "Stormé DeLarverie: Stonewall Stalwart" by Mae, Tara on Three Village Historical Society. Published 2020-06-28. (Archived on 2022-01-17)
  20. Black and Gay Like Me [no. 1024] by Karpel, Ari. Published 2009-02-02. (web archive)