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. What’s significant is that her love poetry was dedicated to another goddess – Inanna. Inanna was an important ancient Mesopotamian goddess, and the fact that Enheduanna wrote love poems for her bears much significance.
Judy Grahn, an LGBT historian, talks about Enheduanna in her book entitled Another Mother Tongue. Grahn confirms that Enheduanna was essentially in love with Inanna, and this love is evident from Enheduanna’s poetry.
Something else that’s interesting about Enheduanna is that, from what we can tell around the development of western civilization, she was the first writer of the time to use the word “I.” Thus, it can be said that up until that point there is no official record of a writer using the word “I” in their works until Enheduanna came along, which suggests a huge psychological and ego development.
From a lesbian lens, then, we can conclude that Enheduanna had lesbianic eros towards the goddess Inanna. Removing the heterosexual lens from history allows us to see here an amazing woman in an incredible historical era in ancient civilization who was both the first to use the word “I” and who was writing about another woman – a goddess. This is doubtlessly comforting for the LGBT community and provides us with a significant piece of LGBT history to pass on to others.