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Gay History - May 10, 320 BC: Greek Poet Theocritus Is Born.

Gay History – May 10, 320 BC: Greek Poet Theocritus Is Born.

May 10, 320 BC. Theocritus is born in Syracuse and is credited with being the first and greatest filthy pastoral poet.

In the history of homosexual literature ancient Greece holds a unique place. Here was a society relatively hospitable to the love love between men and youths. Such affections formed a significant part of its culture. Theocritus developed the verse form known as the “bucolic” or “pastoral” poem a stylized and artful form usually about shepherds or cowherds who sing of love and friendship and were  highly homoerotic.

Thirty (nearly) complete poems and twenty-five epigrams are attributed under the name “Theocritus.”

Seven of the thirty poems (idylls) completed by Theocritus are homoerotic. In the fifth idyll two shepherds good- naturedly accuse each other of pederasty (one accusing the other of anal rape in the bushes), using colloquial expressions that are “obscene” enough to be printed in Latin in some modern English translations.

In Theocritus seventh idyll; Aratus is passionately in love with a boy. In the twelfth idyll a lover addresses his absent beloved and describes a kissing contest amongst boys in honor of Diocles, lover of Philolaus. In the thirteenth idyll Hercules frantically searches for his beloved Hylas. In the twenty-third idyll a lover commits suicide and is revenged by a statue of Eros falling upon his faithless beloved. In the twenty-ninth idyll a lover speaks to his inconstant and immature beloved. And in the thirtieth idyll a rejected suitor reflects upon the heartbreak caused by the love of lads.

Theocritus portrayed the homosexual lover as one who experiences fleeting moments of gaiety ending in dejected frustration and pensive memory – the very same way in which he portrays heterosexual lovers. His work was highly regarded in his own time, and he was celebrated by later poets, including the Roman poet Ovid.

Please continue to this link to read the great Oscar Wilde’s: Theocritus: A Villanelle

Gay History - April 10, 1647: Bisexual Poet and Courtier John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester is Born

Gay History – April 10, 1647: Bisexual Poet and Courtier John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester is Born

John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester is born at Ditchley Manor In Oxfordshire, England.

Wilmot was a 17th-century poet and courtier in England, known for his wit, charm, and scandalous (bisexual) behavior. He was born in 1647 to a noble family, and from an early age, he showed a talent for poetry and a rebellious streak.

Rochester’s life was marked by a series of scandals and controversies. He was known for his promiscuity, heavy drinking, and wild behavior, which often got him into trouble with the law and with his peers. He was also an outspoken critic of the monarchy and the church, which made him a controversial figure in his time.

Despite his reputation, Rochester was a gifted writer, and his poetry while not as popular as it was is still admired today for its wit, humor, and vivid imagery. His work often explores themes of love, sex, and death, and he is known for his use of irony, satire, and bawdy humor.

Rochester’s most famous works include “The Imperfect Enjoyment,” a poem about a failed sexual encounter, and “A Satyr Against Reason and Mankind,” a scathing critique of human nature and society. He also wrote several plays, including “Sodom, or the Quintessence of Debauchery,” which was banned from the stage for its explicit content.

Rochester was a prominent figure at the court of King Charles II. He was known for his charm and charisma, and he was a favorite of the king, who appointed him as a Gentleman of the Bedchamber. However, his behavior eventually became too scandalous even for the libertine court of Charles II, and he was banished from the court in 1679.

Rochester’s life was cut short at the age of 33, when he died of syphilis. Despite his brief life and controversial reputation he remains a fascinating and enigmatic figure in English literature, whose talent and scandalous behavior continue to captivate audiences centuries after his death.

“If by chance then I wake, hot-headed and drunk, What a coyle do I make for the loss of my Punck? I storm and I roar, and I fall in a rage, And, missing my whore I bugger my Page.
“Nor shall our love-fits, Chloris, be forgot,
When each the well-looked
linkboy strove t’enjoy,
And the best kiss was the deciding lot
Whether the
boy fucked you, or I the boy”
John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester

*A linkboy is a lamp wick lighter.  Who obviously enjoyed lighting the Earl of Rochester’s wick.

Gay Football Player Adam Goddard Poetry Slams Obama Over Marraige Equality (Video)

In  high school former football fullback Adam Goddard was stuggling with his sexuality and was having a hard time finding himself until he eventually found the Los Angeles Gay Football League and began to grow.

Adam who now identifies as gay performed at the NOH8 campaign’s third anniversary party  at the House of Blues on Sunset Blvd., where he recited a slam poem, titled ‘Yes we can but no we haven’t,‘ written by Goddard himself for a class project on marriage equality.