Antinous the Gay God

Wikipedia says, “Antinous (also Antinoüs or Antinoös; Ancient Greek: Ἀντίνοος; 27 November, c. 111 – before 30 October 130) was a Bithynian Greek youth and a favourite or beloved of the Roman emperor Hadrian.”

The Temple of Antinous says, “Antinous is the God of all Gay people, he was a homosexual, and it is therefore our calling as gay men to restore his name and the place of his religion to the reverence of his ancient past.” His modern cult has set his festival as October 28th.

I first encountered Antinous when I was a member of Nova Roma. A catchy shtick, I thought. For awhile I was in touch with the inner circle.

It still makes me smile, but — incorrigible leftist that I am — I’ve drifted toward mostly just being annoyed about the way Antinous Deus seems to make masculine beauty the highest expression of being gay. Bosh.

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