LGBT history dates back to the first recorded instances of same-sex love and sexuality of ancient civilizationsinvolving the history of lesbiangaybisexual and transgender LGBT peoples and cultures around the world.
What survives after many centuries of persecution—resulting in shame, suppression, and secrecy—has only in more recent decades been pursued and interwoven into more mainstream historical narratives.
This observance involves highlighting the history of the people, LGBT rights and related civil rights movements. Among historical figures, some were recorded as having relations with others of their own Homosexual people in history — exclusively or together with opposite-sex relations — while others were recorded as only having relations with the opposite sex.
However, there are instances of same-sex love and sexuality within almost all ancient civilizations. Additionally, people who are third gender or what we would now think of as intersex have been recorded in almost all cultures across human history.
Anthropologists Stephen Murray and Will Roscoe reported that women in Lesotho engaged in socially sanctioned "long term, erotic relationships," named motsoalle.
Evans-Pritchard also recorded that male Azande warriors in the northern Congo routinely took on boy-wives between the ages of twelve and twenty, who helped Homosexual people in history household tasks and participated in intercrural sex with their older husbands.
The practice had died out by the early 20th century, after Europeans had gained control of African countries, but was recounted to Evans-Pritchard by the elders with whom he spoke. Ostraca dating from the Ramesside Period have been found which depict hastily drawn images of homosexual as well as heterosexual sex.
King Neferkare and General Saseneta Middle Kingdom story, has an intriguing plot revolving around a king's clandestine gay affair with one of his generals.
It may reference the actual Pharaoh Pepi IIwho was likely gay. The Siwa Oasis was of special interest to anthropologists and sociologists because of its historical acceptance of male homosexuality.
The practice probably arose because from ancient times unmarried men and adolescent boys Homosexual people in history required to live and work together outside the town of Shali, secluded for several years from any access to available women. Inthe German egyptologist George Steindorff reported that, "the feast of marrying a boy was celebrated with great pomp, and the money paid for a boy sometimes amounted to fifteen poundwhile the money paid for a woman was a little over one pound.
Homosexuality was not merely rampant, it was raging Every dancer had his boyfriend Walter Cline noted that, "all normal Siwan men and boys practice sodomy Prominent men lend their sons to each other. All Siwans know the matings which have taken place among their sheiks and their sheiks' sons Most of the boys used in sodomy are between twelve and eighteen years of age.
Never for a woman". Among Indigenous peoples of the Americas prior to European colonization, a number of nations had respected roles for homosexual, bisexual, and gender-nonconforming individuals; in many Homosexual people in history communities, these social and spiritual roles are still observed.
If a man has intercourse with his brother-in-arms, they shall turn him into a eunuch.
Anyone could practice it freely, just as anyone could visit a prostituteprovided it was done without violence and without compulsionand preferably as far as taking the passive role was concerned, with specialists.
That there was nothing religiously amiss with homosexual love between men is seen by the fact that they prayed for divine blessing on it. It seems clear that the Mesopotamians saw nothing wrong in homosexual acts between consenting adults".
Homosexuality has been acknowledged in China since ancient times. Homosexuality was mentioned in many famous works of Chinese The instances of same-sex affection and sexual interactions described in the classical novel Dream of the Red Chamber seem as familiar to observers in the present as do equivalent stories of romances between heterosexual people during the same period.
Confucianismbeing primarily a social and political philosophy, focused little on sexuality, whether homosexual or heterosexual. There are also descriptions of lesbians in some history books. It is believed homosexuality was popular in the SongMing and Qing dynasties. Throughout Hindu and Vedic texts there are many descriptions of saints, demigods, and even the Supreme Lord transcending gender norms and manifesting multiple combinations of sex and gender.
There are several instances in ancient Indian epic poetry of same sex depictions and unions by gods and goddesses.