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CALENDAR - Fairy Tales

This calendar explores same-sex affection throughout history.

All of these depictions are based on real people. Most of these historical figures are widely accepted to have been homosexual or bisexual. Some of them, such as Saints Sergius and Bacchus, are known for their unusual closeness, but scholars disagree on whether or not they were romantically involved. History isn't an exact science, and all too often truths are hidden or rewritten after the fact by people who wish to erase gay people from history.

This project wasn't about proving without a doubt whether or not a certain historical figure was gay; but rather exploring same-sex affection when enough evidence existed to at least consider it a reasonable possibility. Some scholars are quick to dismiss the love between men like David and Jonathan as merely "platonic", but ask yourself, if the love between a man and woman were described with as much passion and endearment, would anyone doubt that they may have been romantically involved?

I invite you to ponder these issues, as well as appreciate the depth and breadth of same-sex affection among human beings. Homosexuality has existed in all human cultures throughout time; and men who love men have stood among those who have made the greatest contributions to human civilization.
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TheEditorialCrew's avatar
Thanks for a chance to comment.

Being a good person and contributing to society doesn't justify homosexuality and neither does the fact that it existed in all human cultures.  Good people do things that are wrong.
OfficerMark's avatar
My favorite is the poet Walt Whitman and his boyfriend the former Confederate soldier Peter Doyle (bottom row, second from the right). Walt lived in Camden, NJ across the river from Philadelphia - where I live - and Pete lived the rest of his life in Philly after the Civil War.
karenjade's avatar
This is great work! Your art here is not only highly skilled, but enlightening! :clap:
Carb0nell's avatar
grrr and where are Socrates and Alcibiades? [link]
Kikka24Moon's avatar
Love has no age, sex and color! :love:
Lelio-Alesta's avatar
Is it possible to buy the wonderful calendar somehow beside the Deviantart printing? I live un Ukraine and afraid there would be problems with shipping and all that stuff...
SweetsToTheSweet's avatar
Lovely. I would love to see a book of this sort of art and history. I think a calender would be too fleeting a thing. Amazing.
msmickimac's avatar
Just wonderful! I am glad I stumbled across this work.
rawrjustlooking's avatar
Sorry, I see the list now :heart:
rawrjustlooking's avatar
Could you list me the names of the 12 couples in order of the 12 pictures? I could use ideas for a project, and I'm interested. Also, is the Sacred Band of Thebes a fairy tale or truth?
diddles25's avatar
Philip II of Macedon (the father of Alexander the Great) is said to have wept over their bodies as he was so moved by their boldness in battle and their devotion to each other; he later placed a statue (which still stands) in their honor. They truly existed.
pinkjaguar12's avatar
wow. this is just astounding. the message behind it is just so pure and fantastic. great job!
tha-real-biene-maja's avatar
This is lovely, straight to my favourites <3

Antinous and Hadrian are like Prince charming and Cinderella in a way ;)

What couples are the second and third on the first row btw?
Jarahamee's avatar
It's beautiful. I've read every story you put down, and I was very interested starting with this poster. I think it's a powerful work that deserves more attention. Great job.
filhotedelua's avatar
I totally loved the project, congratulations.
Nanhart's avatar
Sadly I can not think of anything original to say aside what has been said, you've made more wonderful, well thought out material. I hope your prints sell well. ^_^
GestaltZe's avatar
I really love this, and if I could get away with having it on my wall, I would. xD

My only complaint might be the total lack of any female homosexual relationships. However, after thinking about this, I tried to dig some up on Google, and was unable to find any. It could just be that there weren't any historical lesbian couples recorded- that wouldn't surprise me all that much.

In any case- great work. I love the simple 'lineart' look and the excellent expressions.
MeteoDesigns's avatar
There are hundreds of famous historical lesbians, and you can find lists of them on wikipedia: [link]

I didn't include any because I am a gay man, and this project is about men loving men.

If someone out there wants to make a lesbian version of this idea I think that would be great.
ElfceltRJL's avatar
This is a great idea, I think I am going to continue this series with the lesbian version of this calendar! Your work is amazing and heartwarming, I love this entire series.
ElfceltRJL's avatar
That's a great idea, I think I'm going to take on the lesbian version of this series! Your work is amazing and heartwarming, and I intend to buy the calendar version.
GestaltZe's avatar
If I had the talent, I would.
Thank you for the list!
goodinblue's avatar
Are you selling this whole thing as a calendar?
MeteoDesigns's avatar
I think so, lol. I uploaded them all and I think I did it correctly, you should be able to click buy print and then choose the calendar.

I bought one from myself so I can see what it will look like.
LucidBlueAni's avatar
I absolutely love this entire series. Your work is beautiful and the subject matter is wonderful.
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