Portmanteau List: A Beginner's Guide to Lesbian Culture


“Lovers” “ — Title Unknown — ” by Kenne Gregoire (1951)

The following lists are by no means comprehensive but merely a personalised expanded guiding arrows in the general direction of lesbian culture, which include different tastes and intersectional identities. There is no order of any sort, neither preference nor genre nor groupings nor alphabetical order - I wrote them down as they came to me or as I went along my shelves or bookmarks etc. It's unlikely all will appeal to all, so there's a range to try and have at least a few enjoyable and identifiable references for most. It's a starting point to expand from depending on the branch which calls out and appeals to you and which you decide to follow.



Websites
Autostraddle
Afterellen
The Lesbian Guide
Buzzfeed lgbt
When Sally Met Sally
About.Com LesbianLife

YouTube Channels
RoseEllenDix
TheRoxetera
Ari Fitz

Web Series
The Better Half
Anyone But Me
Kendra
District Heat
3-Bits
The Throaways
Nikki & Nora
The Centre
This is Kelsey
F to the 7th
3 Way
Between Women
Cherry Bomb TV
Cowgirl Up
Simple Events
Frequency
Easy Abby
K&A
The Girls Guide
Edge of Normal
Little Horribles
Roomies
BJ Fletcher Private Eye
Entangled With You
Girltrash!
In the Deep
Into Girls
Lesbros
LeslieVille
The Lovers and Friends Show
The Newton Girls
Producing Juliet
That's What She Said
Unicorn Plan It
Venice
We Have to Stop Now
Words With Girls

TV
The L Word
Orphan Black
Faking It
Glee
A Girl Thing
Girl Seeks Girl
Pretty Little Liars
Lip Service
Rookie Blue
Tipping the Velvet
Combats de Femme
Sugar Rush
The Returned
The Fosters
Lost Girl
Portrait of a Marriage
South of Nowhere
Drifting Flowers
Wentworth
Orange is the New Black
Hex
Fingersmith
Lip Service
Private Traps
We Have to Stop Now


Cinema
But I'm A Cheerleader
Kyss Myg
My Summer of Love
Imagine Me and You
The Gymnast
Violetas
Aimee and Jaguar
The Four Faced Liar
The Incredibly True Adventure of Two Girls in Love
Saving Face
Nina's Heavenly Delights
Bound
I Can't Think Straight
Desert Hearts
The World Unseen
Wild Side
Sea Purple
A Perfect Ending
A Marine Story
An Empress and the Warriors
Jamie and Jesse Are Not Together
And Then Came Lola
The Fish Child
My Friend from Faro
So Hard to Forget
Farewell, My Queen 
Bloomington
Violet and Daisy
Chloe
Highly Strung
Margaritas
The Mermaids
Three Veils
Circumstance
Eloise
Bye Bye Blondie 
True Love (episode 3) 
Late Bloomers 
Reaching for the Moon
Cloudburst
Blue is the Warmest Colour 
Heavenly Creatures 
The Chinese Botanist’s Daughters 
Better Than Chocolate 
Room in Rome 
Yes or No & Yes or No 2
D.E.B.S.
The Itty Bitty Titty Comittee
Water Lilies
Fucking Åmål
Lost and Delirious
Loving Annabelle
Mulholland Drive
Kissing Jessica Stein
With Every Heartbeat
Spider Lilies
Sister My Sister
The Secrets
Monster


Literature
My Summer of Love by Helen Cross
The Price of a Salt by Patricia Highsmith
Mosaic of Air by Cherry Potts
Gravel Queen by Jea Bendulum
Nightwood by Djuna Barnes
The Second Mango by Shira Glassman
The Other Typist by Suzanne Rindell
Sexing the Cherry by Jeanette Winterson
Huntress by Malinda Lo
Nights at the Circus by Angela Carter
Fair Play by Tove Jansson
If You Could be Mine by Sara Farizan
Love, Zena Beth by Diane Salvatore
About a Girl by Joanne Horniman
The House You Pass on the Way by Jacqueline Woodson
The Pied Piper by Anna Livia and Lilian Mohin (edited)
Ash by Malinda Lo
The Sealed Letter by Emma Donoghue
Oranges are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson
Fingersmith by Sarah Waters
Patience and Sarah by Isabel Miller
The Unlit Lamp by Radclyffe Hall
Southland by Nina Revoyr 
The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall
Venus Envy by Rita May Brown
Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters
The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson
Desert of the Heart by Jane Rule
Annie on my Mind by Nancy Garden
Santa Olivia by Jacqueline Carey 
Pages for You by Sylvia Brownrigg
Days of Grace by Catherine Hall
Color Purple by Alice Walker
At Seventeen by Gerri Hill
All That Lies Within by Lynn Ames
Good Mon Rising by Nancy Garden
Never Say Never by Linda Hill
Jericho by Ann McMan
But She is My Student by Kiki Archer
The Secret Diaries of Miss Ann Lister by Anne Lister and Helena Whitbread
Happy Endings are all Alike by Sandra Scoppettone
The Journey Somewhere by Suzie Carr
We Are Water by Wally Lamb
The Difference Between You and Me by Madeleine George
Lies My Girlfriend Told Me by Julie Ann Peters
The Necessary Hunger by Nina Revoyr
The Telling by Ursula K. Le Guin 
The Children of Gavrilek by Julie Kirton Chandler
Trash by Dorothy Allison
Lucky in the Corner by Carol Anshaw
Six of One by Rita Mae Brown
Bittersweet by Nevada Barr
The Blue Place by Nicola Griffith
We Walk Alone by Ann Aldrich
The Reluctant Daughter by Leslea Newman
Aquamarine by Carol Anshaw
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg
Ammonites and Leaping Fish: A Life in Time by Penelope Lively
The Flowers of Evil by Charles Baudelaire, Jonathan Culler and James N McGowan
Nightwood by Djuna Barnes and Jeanette Winterson
Stars Collide by H.P. Munro
That Certain Something by Clare Ashton
Olivia by Dorothy Strachey
The Gravity Between Us by Kristen Zimmer
A Road Less Travelled by Annette De Burgh
Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison

Music
I won't create a detailed music list for this but I'll create a list of lists as a starting point of reference. 


Feel free to comment below with any additional links or information you know of which fall into the categories above. 

I hope this has been helpful. 

Enjoy!