Isle of Lesbos : About


About the Isle of Lesbos Web Site

The Isle of Lesbos web site ( is intended to serve as a place of art and culture for women-oriented women, offering a historical glimpse into lesbian lives and vintage views of affection between women. is created and maintained by Alix North, as a service to the lesbian and bisexual community. At this time, no further updates are planned, but this site is being maintained as an archive.

The 161-page Isle of Lesbos web site gets between 11,000-15,000 unique visitors each week, with over 50,000 hits a day. It has earned a variety of awards since it was first put online in the Fall of 1995.

Below are some frequently-asked questions that apply to the entire web site. For questions specific to a section, see the Lesbian Poetry FAQ, Lesbian Art FAQ, or the information about the vintage image collection.

Did this used site to look different?

Yes. has had four designs over twelve years.

What happened to the web directory?

I was unable to keep the directory up-to-date, so I took it down. It was a difficult decision, as I felt it was unique in many ways, but unique is unimportant when half the links are broken.

Wasn't the art gallery off-line for a couple of years? Did it come back?

Yes, I took the art gallery offline when an artist's rights group let me know that I was violating copyrights for certain artists. I put it back online in the Fall of 2002, after removing the works of the artists in question (Picasso, Tamara de Lempicka, and Henri Matisse).

How do I get on your mailing list? does not have a mailing list. You might try the web sites for the Sappho or Euro-Sappho mailing lists, as appropriate to your needs.

What do you have to do with the island in Greece? Can you give me travel advice?

This site is in no way associated with the Greek island named Lesbos. I've never been to the Isle of Lesbos. I am not Greek. Many inhabitants of Lesbos, the first Lesbians, are in fact offended by the use of "Lesbian" to describe a homosexual woman. I'm sure this site annoys some of them, though that is not my intention. I named this the Isle of Lesbos in honor of the women's training academy that some believe Sappho led, way back around 600 B.C.

How can I reach you?

You can write to me at But be forewarned -- I get an overwhelming amount of email and have a hard time keeping up with it. Please don't be offended if I cannot get back to you in a timely fashion. I do greatly appreciate kind words about the site.