We are all influenced by the places we come from and the experiences we have because of our backgrounds. There isn’t just one way of being a part of the LGBT+ community. And many times, in discussions of diversity and intersectionality, we end up forgetting to talk about this. We read mainly books set in a few specific countries and think that this is all that is for diversity and for our communities. For this reason, I decided to do a research on F/F books around the world. In around a month, I received many recommendations from people all over Twitter and Tumblr and did a long research of my own to try to find as many as I could. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find one for each country/territory. Sometimes, because of the language barrier, and because many places still have anti-LGBT+ laws and high rates of violence against LGBT+ people.
Sapphic Stories – Around the world does not intend to be a rec list that is ultimate and finalized, but just the beginning of a search for more pluralized stories. There are many other stories out there that we need to look for. Still, I believe that this post could be a nice start so that people can recognize these stories set in the places they grew up in or to know more about what it means to be sapphic in other places. This list contains F/F fiction books, books that have at least one women who feel romantic/sexual attraction to women, short stories, anthologies, and nonfiction about how it is to be LGBT+ in some places of the world.
Thank you to everyone who helped me creating this master list. If you see any book misplaced leave me a comment so that I can fix this. Or if you know a book in a place not mentioned here, let me know.
Also kudos to Danika from the Lesbrary for working on the cool map below!