During 1972, Jackie Forster along with some friends founded the Sappho lesbian social group in England.
The name of the group was Sappho was taken from the ancient Greek poet Sappho who was born on the island of Lesbos.
Every Tuesday the group held a meeting at The Chepstow public house in Notting Hill, London. Sappho also had it`s own magazine which was in print until 1981. The monthly circulation of the magazine was 900-1000 copies per month. The magazine sold for 50 pence per copy.
The Sappho group often published their meetings in the City Limits and Time Out publications. The Sappho magazine was made available at group meetings and certain venues such as the Gateways club. In 1981 the group stopped publishing the Sappho magazine but continued to meet on a regular basis into the late 1980s. The group often included guest speakers. Sappho paid for the legal defense of service women who faced accusations of lesbianism.
Sappho and Alcaeus, Lawrence Alma-Tadema, 1881.