Political conditions and social attitudes also affect the formation of lesbian relationships and families in open.
Little of Sappho's poetry survives, but her remaining poetry reflects the topics she wrote about: women's daily lives, their relationships, and rituals.
Ellis believed that many women who professed love for other women changed their feelings about such relationships after they had experienced marriage and a "practical life".
When early sexologists in the late 19th century began to categorize and describe homosexual behavior, hampered by a lack of knowledge about homosexuality or women's sexuality, they distinguished lesbians as women who did not adhere to female gender roles and incorrectly designated them mentally ill—a designation which has been reversed in the global scientific community.
Women in homosexual relationships responded to this designation either by hiding their personal lives or accepting the label of outcast and creating a subculture and identity that developed in Europe and the United States.
Following World War II, during a period of social repression when governments actively persecuted homosexuals, women developed networks to socialize with and educate each other.
Greater economic and social freedom allowed them gradually to be able to determine how they could form relationships and families.
She focused on the beauty of women and proclaimed her love for girls.