A Timeline of Gay Sex Through the Ages

By: Dennis Hinzmann
7.13.2014

The Warren Cup is in the British Museum's Collection

With all the strides that LGBT people have seen in recent years when it comes to civil rights and equal treatment, it's easy to forget that it was also a sexual revolution. Same-sex love, desire, and romantic attraction has been around for millennia, but it's gone through various terminology changes and, only recently, in modern history has it been celebrated as an accepted part of mainstream society. So how did we get there from here? We take a look at some of the highlights (completely aware that entire history books have been written on this and many more are yet to come).

Early 6th Century BC - Sappho, a Greek poet born on the isle of Lesbos, is born and becomes famous for her lesbian themes, lending her name to the definition of lesbianism.

326 BC - Alexander the Great, known for preferring the company of men, completes his conquest of the majority of the known western world and ushers in the Hellenistic Age, where homosexuality is viewed positively.

Tags: SEX, LGBT History
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