Our history textbooks don’t cover these topics. Some still believe that being gay is some kind of “modern” phenomenon, but they couldn’t be any more wrong. Gay people have existed since humanity has existed.
Granted, different societies view sexuality in ways that we do not. In ancient Greece there was plenty of same-sex relations, but they did not think of it in the lines of a gay “orientation” or identity. The term “homosexual” is pretty modern, actually.
(I can tell I have post-traumatic English-major disorder when I don’t cite my sources. I will in future posts, I promise!)
Part of the reason I started this blog is because I feel that there is a deficit when it comes to people’s understanding of LGBT history and just how pervasive it is. LGBT identity is unique in the sense that it has been hidden from view for most of history prior to the Stonewall riots of 1969, and even moreso before the mid-nineteenth/twentieth centuries. Being raised the way I was, gay people were not in any meaningful conversations about history, and I find myself still ignorant of important LGBT figures and historical events.
I’ve been slowly learning about gay culture, icons, and art over the past eight years, and still have a ways to go. I figure other people may be just as ignorant as I was/am, so why not go on this journey together?
I’m in this strange transition period of my life at the moment, between graduating college and moving to NYC in a little over one month, so I’m feeling pretty lazy (plus as I said before, I’ve always been bad at blogging). But! These topics are really interesting to me and I WILL MAKE MORE FREQUENT POSTS… next week.
See you then, guys :). In the meantime, check out some of the stuff I’ve been reading…