Examined lesbians' perceptions of their individual needs and the extent to which they looked to their community (Brisbane, Australia) to meet those needs. 101 self-declared lesbians (aged 18-45 yrs) completed a questionnaire assessing needs as well as demographic characteristics. Results indicate that Ss had many unmet needs which, in many instances, cut across the demographic spectrum of age, politics, stage of identity development, religious beliefs, occupation, and educational achievements. These needs were both internal and external, relating to the lesbian community itself as well as to the changes necessary in the heterosexual society. Findings also indicate that characteristics of community do exist within the Brisbane lesbian subculture. There were distinct, identifiable, interacting small groups and social networks in existence. However, a common need was found for a more united lesbian community that could provide services and social activities.