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 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 …

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. …

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 …