During a conversation recently, someone turned to me and said, “There weren’t gays back then.” When I tried to correct this person’s ignorance by telling them there have been homosexuals since the beginning of human time, they simply said, “prove it.”
Well, I don’t need to prove it because others have already done that for me.
Homosexuality was commonplace in Rome. They didn’t identify as hetero- or homosexual. Instead, they identified as dominant and submissive. Engaging in homosexual behavior didn’t automatically strip away a man’s masculinity.
In Egypt homosexuality wasn’t very prevalent. However, Niankhkhnum and Khnumhotep’s tomb is considered by some to be the earliest evidence of a homosexual couple. The pair was found buried together surrounded by sensual scenes of the two canoodling. In life, they were manicurists of the king (2380 to 2320 B.C.).
A man of the late Stone Age was found buried facing east surrounded by domestic wares. This burial screams female, but the sex of the skeletal remains was male. Here we see a discrepancy between funerary ritual and biological sex. In this culture, males were usually buried with weapons and other “manly” goods. It was also posited that these remains could be of an unknown “third gender.”
‘Far more likely is that he was a man with a different sexual orientation, homosexual or transvestite. What we see here does not add up to traditional Corded Ware cultural norms,’ said researcher Kamila Remisova Vesinova in an article.
Besides these cases, homosexuality is now being studied as a naturally occurring behavior that has evolved genetically.
This is so important to understand because while marriage equality is a reality in the United States, the treatment of homosexual individuals is still lacking.
Fact: Employers in 22 states can still fire you for no reason other than your (homo)sexuality.
Fact: A survey found that 81.9% of students who identify as LGBTQ were bullied based on their sexual orientation.
Fact: About 40% of Americans still oppose same-sex marriage.
Facts (which we’ve already explored): Homosexuality is found in genetics, is natural and has always existed.
So, why is it still a debate among rational modern humans? Why can employers in the U.S. still fire people based on something inherited? Why are children still taught heterosexual superiority?