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 during the time of the Roman Empire were unconsciously harboring these negative beliefs about women and same sex love. What’s significant is that through Saint Paul and other people with these negative ideas, Christianity developed in a world rife with phobias.

The Roman Empire already had beliefs like this, but Saint Paul himself corroborated these beliefs, which then continued to be brought into the collective psyche of western civilization. This is an important part of LGBT history that we can use to continue threading together the timeline of our culture today.