Some prefer to simply follow an individual's self-definition or identity.
See homosexuality and bisexuality for criteria that have traditionally denoted lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people.
When you're coming out of the closet, it can be hard to know where to meet other lesbians or bisexual women.
If you're not sure where to begin, start with this list of the places where you're most likely to run into other lesbians and bisexual women.
The historical concept and definition of sexual orientation varies and has changed greatly over time; for example the word "gay" wasn't used to describe sexual orientation until the mid 20th century.
A number of different classification schemes have been used to describe sexual orientation since the mid-19th century, and scholars have often defined the term "sexual orientation" in divergent ways.
This is a partial list of confirmed famous people who were or are gay, lesbian or bisexual.