Why Violets?

You might be wondering why this site includes “violets” in its name. I’m sure you are aware of other LGTBQ symbols such as the rainbow or pink square. But did you know that violets and the color became a secret code used by lesbians and bisexual women in the mid-20th century? The symbolism of this flower comes from poems by the Greek poet Sappho in which she described her lover wearing garlands or a crown with violets. Sapphos (c. 630- c. 570) was a greek poet fabled to be the world’s first known lady-loving lady. She live on the island of Lesbos in the Mediterranean sea. Because of her and her lady-loving ways, the word “lesbian” originated with her. Technically, anyone from the island of Lesbos is a Lesbian. Interestingly, the people of Lesbos unsuccessfully sued for their right over the word in 2008.

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