tbh i’m sick of every lesbian or sapphic story in books and tv shows being like… two rich white lesbians from new york… especially when it’s presented as being relatable… there’s a shortage of lesbian and sapphic stories in general but in terms of the ones we do have, i can firmly say about 90% of them are based around white, able-bodied, rich, conventionally attractive, etc. lesbians. like…. there are lesbians in ukraine… in uruguay… in thailand… most of us don’t look like supermodels, we’re old and young, some of us still have acne, some of us are fat, some of us have disabilities. most of us are poor, or working class, or struggling to get by. even if our countries aren’t wholly (or aren’t at all) accepting of us, for some of us our family and culture is very important and for others not so much. but even if a country isn’t accepting of gay people or gay rights doesn’t mean that a story about women loving women set in that country can’t be interesting or empowering! i can tell you now as a black swedish lesbian the percentage of lesbian stories i can fully relate to: 0%. lesbians and wlw who don’t live in the usa, who aren’t white, who aren’t rich or totally able-bodied and healthy deserve representation just as much as like.. the niche of white american lesbians currently being catered to.
saying queer is like radical and revolutionary in a way other ids aren't is still kind of guilt tripping though. lots of people in Queer Nation called themselves other things as personal identifiers and they were radical. Queer isn't more radical than just "lesbian" or just "trans", those also have histories of really amazing activism.