Lovers and Loved Ones

Homosexuality in the Greek World

As some of you know, in my first life I was an archaeologist (not the fun kind; mostly the ‘stay in the library and try to remember where I’ve seen this kind of dick before’ kind), and now I sometimes teach Greek and Latin and - when I can get away with it - mythology and religion. I try not to think about this past life too often, because it brings up AllTheFeelings™, but last week I saw some Greek vases on tumblr and got all nostalgic. It also reminded me I had a lesson to plan about homosexuality in the Greek world (we’re starting Sappho, and wow) and asked around to see if anyone would be interested in that; and @fragiledewdrop and @proudfanboy volunteered to be bored to death because they are huge nerds.

So, anyway - as a first disclaimer, I normally teach this class to 17- and 18-year-old kids, so that’s my target audience. What follows is not exactly nsfw, and there’s definitely more politics than sex, but still: you know what this post is about, so if you think it’s not for you, it’s probably not for you.

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anonymous asked:

where in the Bible does it say that being gay is a sin? where in the NT, i mean? it says sexual immorality but it never specifies what that is, does it?

The Bible dos specify what is considered sexually immoral in more than one verse in the NT. 

Romans 1:26-17 HCSB “This is why God delivered them over to degrading passions. For even their females exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. The males in the same way also left natural relations with females and were inflamed in their lust for one another. Males committed shameless acts with males and received in their own persons the appropriate penalty of their error.”

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 HCSB “Don’t you know that the unrighteous will not inherit God’s Kingdom? Do not be deceived: No sexually immoral people, idolaters, adulterers, or any practice homosexuality, no theives, greedy people, drunkards, verbally abusive people, or swindlers will inherit God’s Kingdom.”

Obviously, these aren’t the only verses that talk about this, but these are the only ones I can think of off the top of my head.

A little callout for parents out there

Your child knows themself better than you do

Do not ever deny your child if they’re saying something about their mental state, sexuality, gender, or whatever.

Yes, they are your child. They will be forever. They love you, love them back, for who they are.

You might have given them your genes for their physical form, but you did not programmed their mind.

And the mind always wins

Okay, two things

Friendly reminder that Rick Riordan didn’t make Apollo bisexual. Apollo has been bisexual since literally forever

Now, can we please appreciate the fact that Rick Riordan took Apollo, a bisexual god, and wrote a book in which he’s the main character? And wrote him openly bisexual through the entire book instead of just ignoring it or mentioning just once?

Can we, please, appreciate the fact that there are so many people who are not going to buy this awesome book just because there’s a bisexual main character and two boys dating?

Can we appreciate what a gift to us Rick Riordan is?

And, please, if you can, buy the book. Because there are so many homophobes and biphobes who won’t. Please support the book and the author if you can

Also, it’s an awesome book, why wouldn’t you want it?

Edit: Someone added the name on the book on their reblog and a couple of people asked so I’m just gonna say it here for the ones who want to know. The name of the book is The Hidden Oracle and it’s the first one in a series of 5 (I think), called Trials of Apollo

Un-friendly reminder that Ted Cruz supports and is supported by Pastor Kevin Swanson, who has openly called for mass extermination of LGBT individuals as well as Christians attenting LGBT weddings while holding up signs that say “gays should be put to death.” The pastor also supported Uganda’s original Anti-Homosexuality Act, which requires the murder of all openly LGBT people. By refusing to distance himself from this wicked man and even accepting his endorsements, Ted Cruz also seems to be supporting these atrocities. When you support him, you are sending me a very clear signal that you want me and others like me to be punished, or even killed, just for existing. If this man gets elected, he will do everything in his power to take our very lives. Please don’t let that happen.