As an avid lover of sci-fi romance, with its endless possibilities for exploring love in a technology-based setting, many kinds of romances appeal to me. One of those is the lesbian kind. In fact, I love lesbian SFR to pieces! I’m a cis heterosexual woman, so some of you might be wondering, “How does that work, exactly?”
For one thing, it has a lot to do with the kinds of stories I crave in sci-fi romance. A lesbian romance in a science fictional setting allows me to visit progressive futures where, for women, the playing field is level (or at least more level than it is now). There are worlds where marriage equality is the norm and lesbian couples find love while living free from the discrimination and violence they face in real life (for example, Ascension by Jacqueline Koyanagi). Alternately, lesbian sci-fi romances have used their speculative powers to explore how a same-sex couple finds love while navigating an oppressive society (Lise MacTague's Depths of Blue is a great example of this scenario). These are the types of themes I'm keen to explore and reflect upon over and over again.
I'm also a heroine gal, so the concept of reading about two intriguing, smart, equal, confident, and talented women is lesbian SFR's main attraction for me. Heroines in these stories accomplish feats like battling aliens, overthrowing evil corporations (as in Cathy Pegau's Deep Deception), and embarking on perilous journeys through space. There's a whole different set of romance gender dynamics at work and they're told using the most excellent female gaze.