Listen, even in the midst of a global pandemic, there are tonnns of ways to get your sexual imagination going. And while the most common methods might be watching or listening to porn, allow me to put you on to something that is gaining more and more popularity: reading erotica.
In general, erotica is considered to be any kind of writing and art that has a sexual overtone. (So, hi, if you’ve ever found yourself scanning a novel looking for those extra steamy sex scenes, odds are, you’re probably into erotica.)
The beauty of this kind of writing is that there are tons of subgenres within it depending on what you like. Oh, and often it can be easily read in plain view of others. Win-win.
The best part of erotica: There are looooads of inclusive reading options for the LGBTQ+ community, oftentimes created by and for queer folks specifically. So for your reading and viewing pleasure, here are some of the best lesbian erotica options you can find out there. Enjoy!
When it comes to finding steamy reads online, Literotica is the ultimate jumping off point. Since starting in 1998, it now has one of the largest evolving encyclopedia of sex stories, fantasy tales, and erotica. The site is also completely submission-based, and they also regularly host open-call story contests, in case you’re inspired to share a fantasy or favorite sex story of your own.
The best way to find exactly what you’re into is by searching the site’s many tags. And for the purpose of this article, sift through the “queer” or “lesbian sex story” tags to find a host of stories about everything from butch queer doms to sweet roommate fantasies.
2. Sugarbutch Chronicles
If you have some more ~extreme tastes~ but don’t feel ready to dive all the way into BDSM land, the Sugarbutch Chronicles is a great place to start. Plus, it’s run by a queer non-binary writer, teacher, and dominant Sinclair Sexsmith.
Since its launch in 2006, it has become one of the most inclusive resources for sexy stories that are not only informative but actually well-written. Whatever you’re into, more than likely you will find something that will pique your sexual interests. Oh, and there’s tons of content to explore that consists of both personal stories by Sexmith and other queer folk.
3. X Confessions
Founded by feminist filmmaker Erika Lust, X Confessions is a crowd-sourced website that consists of real life sex confessions of people. (Really, people are encouraged to log on and anonymously share their sexual escapades in a nonjudgmental space.)
So if you’re into graphic descriptions of a steamy night two people had together or you want something more romantic, you can def find what you’re looking for here. I mean, the site has become so popular that it’s even produced its own shorts based on people’s experiences.
JSYK, though: The site doesn’t exclusively cater to the queer crowd, but it is chock-full of LGBTQ+ stories. And when you need a break from reading, you can also switch over to the site’s video library for some ~visual~ fun.
When it comes to being an online source for the LGBTQ+ community, Nifty is one site that has been around for a while. Since 1992, they have curated thousands of stories for your eyes that are centered around the queer community—from full length novels to shorter reads. Promise, Nifty has a little something for everyone.
Plus, it is set up in a way where you can find lots of groupings of stories from bondage, science fiction, college, and more.
(Warning: The site’s overall interface does feel a little lofi, but their content speaks for itself and is definitely a go-to when seeking out queer erotica.)
5. Lush Stories
Lush Stories is a one stop shop for all of your erotica needs. Catering to both queer and straight audiences, there are looooads of options here for you to quell your erotica thirst. You can also try your hand at writing erotica and upload it to their site as well—but no worries if you’re just after a few steamy reads.
The site even includes free chat rooms, groups, and profiles if you want to sign up and do more than just read. (Just remember to be cautious and not reveal personal information when using these features.)
6. Novel Trove
Good news: This is one site that has a lot of options for people who are looking for various kinds of sexy reads. Novel trove has over 50 options for sub genres of erotica and 100s of stories for LGBTQ+ folx. Things range from wild to mild, so whether you’re looking for something more in the fetish department or something sweet and romantic, it’s all there.
Best of all? It’s free and can be accessed without a profile.
As unlikely as it sounds, Reddit is another source of crowd-sourced, anonymous erotica that is just one click away. Because submissions don’t require a name to be attached to them, this lets people let their imaginations run wild and it also makes it more accessible.
However, sometimes the content can be problematic, so be advised when scrolling through. Knowing the lingo and subthreads to search is also key when doing your searches. My recommendations:
- /r/gonewildstories features a range of true first time stories ranging from people’s first queer encounter to cosplay.
- If you’re more after queer, non binary, trans, or women for women content searching specific phrases like “ff” or “nb” as well other words can help narrow it down.
- There are also subreddits dedicated to fantasy and fiction /r/eroticliterature or /r/sexystories
The more trafficked forums are generally heavily moderated and other users do tend to follow the rules, however just be mindful where you click. Be selective and try to avoid going down the reddit rabbit hole of external links that can take you away from the site.
Zines, which are small-circulating, self-published works, are another way to go for when you are looking for a sexy read. The cool thing is they exist both online and in physical form depending on how you prefer to read. Oh, and there are loads of LGBTQ+ erotica options.
I recommend Smut Peddlers: Lusting in Isolation Zine, which is a series of short stories written by several authors, which features queer and trans POC at the center of them. (Trust me, this type of series is totally expanding contemporary erotica.) There’s also Queer Zine Archive Project (QZAP), which has some queer centered sexy reads as well.
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