Russia's great lesbian poet, Sophia Parnok's last poems from the early 1930s were inspired by her final love affair with physicist Nina Vedeneyeva.
19th century American actress Charlotte Cushman wasn't just one of the greatest dramatists on stage of her day, her many lesbian relationships were full of a lot of private drama as well.
Mountaineer Freda du Faur was the first woman to climb Mount Cook in New Zealand in 1910. Today, two peaks in the country's Southern Alps are named for Du Faur and her lover Muriel Cadogan.
Irish poet and suffragist Eva Gore-Booth was active in fighting for women's rights, worker rights, peace efforts and prison reform. She and her long-term partner Esther Roper also published the early gay-rights magazine Urania in 1916.
The first lesbian couple written about in Arabic, Hind Bind al-Nu'man and al-Zarqa' were a pair of medieval princesses who lived in the 7th century Middle East.
The Abbess of the Convent of the Mother of God in Pescia in 17th century Italy, Sister Benedetta Carlini's sexual affair with Sister Bartolemea ended in 35 years of solitary confinement.
Queercult interviews Linas Alsenas, author of Gay America: Struggle for Equality. He wouldn't mind meeting Walt Whitman, "if only to get some answers to lingering questions."