Convent Women

Around 30 C.E., there was a woman in Konya, Turkey who, as was normative for her gender at the time, was socially repressed; although she’s known for ultimately becoming a Christian heroine, her story may be viewed through a lesbian lens to allow us to learn more of LGBT history. During her time, arranged marriages were incredibly common – she …

Augustine (Part 2)

Continuing to look at Augustine, we can discuss a significant component about him, aside from the fact that he had many issues revolving around sex and lust, and how he believed the latter to be the worst of the seven deadly sins. This significant belief of Augustine’s is that if people could not control their lust, then they are deemed …

Augustine (Part 1)

Moving forward from St. Paul, we can talk about another founding father of Christianity, Augustine. He lived around 330 C.E. and, although very influential later in his life, was initially a “partier,” as modern lexicon would have it. This lifestyle of Augustine’s encompassed gambling, drinking, and womanizing for much of his time as a young adult. Following this phase of …

Saint Paul

An important figure concerning LGBT history is Saint Paul, who unfortunately took to the beliefs that sex, women, and same sex eros were all bad. Thus, he spread his homophobic and misogynistic messages and beliefs throughout the Roman Empire, even though this is not something that he would have known about himself at the time. Many homophobic and misogynistic people …

Advent of Christianity (Part 2)

Continuing to talk about western civilization and how its formation is related to heterosexism is important in understanding LGBT history. The formation of western civilization is very much tied to phobias such as homophobia, biphobia, and lesbianphobia, as well as the internalization of those phobias. In this way, knowing the history of western civilization helps us understand its byproduct, which …

Advent of Christianity (Part 1)

The Roman Empire was in power for roughly eight hundred years as a war-oriented, violent, and brutal empire, not to mention misogynistic and homophobic. Although the Roman Empire ruled for so long with this kind of mindset, there was some discontent within the culture, and this discontent was spiritual in nature. The problem arose from the fact that the culture …

Inanna

This video discusses Inanna who was a mythic goddess from the Mesopotamia in what is now referred to as Indo-Europe. She flourished in a time way before western civilization, as we know it, took over, in an era of goddess cultures. This era is estimated to have gone back as far as 25,000 B.C. and ended around 3000 B.C., a …

Enheduanna

Enheduanna is a historical LGBT figure who lived around 2300 B.C. Born into a prominent family with a father as a king, Enheduanna was a priestess during an era in which goddesses were worshiped. What makes her well known today – and what made her well known in her time period – is the fact that she was a poet. …

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 …