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 …

Lilith of Mesopotamian Mythology (part 1)

This video is an introduction to LGBT historical and mythic characters, Lilith being one of them. Lilith, a Mesopotamian goddess, was around at about the time of 2000-1600 B.C.; she was present in the Old Testament and preceded Eve. Her relevance for the LGBT culture arises from the fact that she was around when the patriarchal culture of Indo-Europe was …

Interview with JD Fuller: Multiculturalism and LGBT

Here is my latest video – an interview with my colleague JD Fuller regarding the LGBT community and its many facets such as heteronormativity and multiculturalism. We got a chance to discuss sexual identity and how it’s tied to racism and a patriarchal society. In the video we also talk about individuation and the difficulty that accompanies coming out. If …

A Modern Day Boston Marriage Goes Legal

For centuries, women have been living together in romantic relationships that they have kept hidden, finding it safer to keep it amongst themselves than deal with the ratifications of coming out in a lesbianphobic society. In the 18th Century there were a group of upper middle class women who lived together as couples. Their financial security allowed them to be …

Useful Tools for Dealing with The Inner Critic

Dealing with our inner critic can help us feel much better about ourselves and finally rid our minds of the negative messages our inner critic tells us. In order to deal with our inner critic we must first notice and recognize that we probably have one. Many of us do have an inner critic but have never realized its presence …

Conquering Our Inner Critic

Many of us have to deal with having an inner critic – a voice inside our heads that tells us negative, hurtful messages and is incredibly cruel. This inner critic can have a strong, apparent presence, speaking to us loudly and telling us that we’re not good enough. The voice that we hear from our inner critic includes negative messages …

The Shadow

Carl Jung formulated the concept of “the shadow,” which is a place where individuals store feelings about themselves that they don’t like and would rather not deal with.  These feelings can include hatred, sadness, anger, envy, jealousy, and internalized messages and phobias that come from others. These messages that we receive from the outside world tell us that we’re not …

Internalized Phobia

As members of the LGBT community deal with the effects of homophobia, lesbian phobia, biphobia, and transphobia, these concepts continue to be internalized into the psyche and stir up problems with self-perception, self esteem, and self love. When individuals internalize negative beliefs and stereotypes, they end up assimilating negative views about themselves into their psyche, including their mentality and their …