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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 Featured By Owner Nov 11, 2017
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 Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2013
This is great work! Your art here is not only highly skilled, but enlightening! :clap:
Carb0nell Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2012
grrr and where are Socrates and Alcibiades? [link]
Kikka24Moon Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
Love has no age, sex and color! :love:
Lelio-Alesta Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2012
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 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2012
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 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011
Just wonderful! I am glad I stumbled across this work.
rawrjustlooking Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Sorry, I see the list now :heart:
rawrjustlooking Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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 Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
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 Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2010
wow. this is just astounding. the message behind it is just so pure and fantastic. great job!
tha-real-biene-maja Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2010
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 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2010  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
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 Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I totally loved the project, congratulations.
Nanhart Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
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 Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
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 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
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 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
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 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
If I had the talent, I would.
Thank you for the list!
goodinblue Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009
Are you selling this whole thing as a calendar?
MeteoDesigns Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
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 Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2009
I absolutely love this entire series. Your work is beautiful and the subject matter is wonderful.
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