Greek Culture

 Before the Roman Empire took over, the Greek culture was known for its reverence of gay male love. This adoration of the male body was evident in things such as the plentiful statues of naked men of that time. This type of respect and admiration is different than how it was like for thousands of years afterwards; when the Roman …

Plato of Classical Greece

Plato lived around 385 B.C. and, known to many, is now a major source of scholarly information and insight into the Greek culture at its peak. One of the philosophical texts that he wrote is called The Symposium and, when studied in depth and through a gay lens, shows us the beautiful way in which Plato and his friends discuss …

Sappho of Greek Mythology

The term “lesbian” comes from the name of the Greek island Sappho lived on around 570-600 B.C. named Lesbos. On this island, Sappho had a school where she taught and informed many women how to do different things of importance. One of the things Sappho is most known for her is poetry; she was a very gifted writer whose poetry …

Achilles of Greek Mythology

Achilles was a Trojan warrior for the Greek side and, as depicted in the movie Troy, was a man who had male lovers which was not unusual for his time. One male lover of his in particular was named Patroclus, who he was madly in love with; both had fought in the Trojan War. What’s significant is that during Achilles’ …

Zeus of Greek Mythology

Zeus figured prominently in Greek mythology; being the god of all gods, he was head of everything and fathered a plethora of gods and goddesses alike. It’s well known and documented that Zeus had female lovers – when we learn about Zeus and Greek mythology, we’re probably told a lot about the many female lovers and wives he had. It’s …

Lilith of Mesopotamian Mythology (Part 2)

We can explore the story of Adam and Eve from the Old Testament to see the message that it sends to women and society as a whole; the myth that we’ve heard for thousands of years is that women were taken from the rib of a man and that woman was created by God in order to give Adam a …

Lilith of Mesopotamian Mythology (part 1)

This video is an introduction to LGBT historical and mythic characters, Lilith being one of them. Lilith, a Mesopotamian goddess, was around at about the time of 2000-1600 B.C.; she was present in the Old Testament and preceded Eve. Her relevance for the LGBT culture arises from the fact that she was around when the patriarchal culture of Indo-Europe was …

Interview with JD Fuller: Multiculturalism and LGBT

Here is my latest video – an interview with my colleague JD Fuller regarding the LGBT community and its many facets such as heteronormativity and multiculturalism. We got a chance to discuss sexual identity and how it’s tied to racism and a patriarchal society. In the video we also talk about individuation and the difficulty that accompanies coming out. If …

A Modern Day Boston Marriage Goes Legal

For centuries, women have been living together in romantic relationships that they have kept hidden, finding it safer to keep it amongst themselves than deal with the ratifications of coming out in a lesbianphobic society. In the 18th Century there were a group of upper middle class women who lived together as couples. Their financial security allowed them to be …

Heteronormativity at its Finest!

I have a friend – a lesbian – who is divorced and has 2 children. Whenever we hang out or whenever she tells people, LGBT or straight, that she is divorced they almost invariably ask her where her ex-husband is. Since she has been out of almost 20 years – every time it happens or I hear about it — …