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 …

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 …