Religious narrative has included stories interpreted by many as accounts of same-sex love and sexuality. Other myths contain LGBT references. Among surviving examples are:

List of myths associated with same-sex loveEdit

Arranged by continent of origin of the religion. Entries of names specific partners are alphabetical.




The AmericasEdit


Asia and the Middle EastEdit












List of LGBT related deities and mythsEdit

Listed in alphabetical order, with culture of origin noted and statement of how it relates to LGBT.

  • Ahsonnutli, in Navaho tradition, a bisexual creator god
  • Anteros, Greek god of unrequited love, was also a term used for the love which arises in the beloved boy in a pederastic relationship.
  • Amazons, in Greek mythology, a nation of warrior women
  • Asiaq, in Inuit mythology, the deity of storms, generally portrayed as female, but sometimes as male
  • Atea and Fakahotu a Polynesian god and goddess who change sexes when their son dies of hunger
  • Chin (Mayan god), Mayan god of homosexuality
  • Eros, Greek god of sexual love of all types
  • Freyr, a Norse god of fertility, may have been worshipped by a group of homosexual or effeminate priests, as suggested by Saxo Grammaticus in his Gesta Danorum and later by Dumézil [3]
  • Grettir, an Icelandic hero, had a voracious sexual appetite and was said to have slept with men, women and animals alike.[citation needed]
  • Hu Tianbao, Chinese god of homosexuality
  • Loki, a Norse trickster god, who frequently disguises himself as a woman and has given birth, (whilst in the form of a white mare, he took a 'passive' role in a homosexual/bestial encounter with the stallion) Svadilfari, resulting in his giving birth to the foal Sleipnir.
  • Mandulis, a Nubian sky deity, pictured as male, with pendulous breasts
  • Mawu-Lisa, a depiction of the creator deity in Dahomey tradition presented as both male and female
  • Nana Buluku the androgynous supreme deity of the Dahomey
  • Odin is mentioned as a practitioner of seiðr, a form of magic considered shameful for men to perform, so was reserved for women. It is possible that the practice of seiðr involved passive sexual rites [4].
  • Ometeotl, the Aztec master of duality, considered both male and female
  • Tiresias, a male Greek prophet who was turned into a woman for 7 years

Spoken-word versions - audio filesEdit


  1. Pflugfelder, Gregory (2000). Cartographies of Desire: Male-Male Sexuality in Japanese Discourse, 1600-1950. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 
  2. Jordan, Mark D. (2000). The silence of Sodom: homosexuality in modern Catholicism. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. ISBN 0-226-41041-2.  on the nature of "brotherly love", p.174
  3. Dumézil, Georges. From Myth to Fiction: the Saga of Hadingus. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. 1970. (p115)
  4. Viking Answer Lady Webpage - Homosexuality in Viking Scandinavia


Bernard Sergent

  • Homosexuality in Greek Myth
  • L'homosexualité initiatique dans l'Europe ancienne

Andrew Calimach

  • Lovers' Legends: The Gay Greek Myths
  • Lovers' Legends Unbound

Conner, Sparks & Sparks

  • Queer Myth, Symbol and Spirit

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

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