LGBTQ history dates back to the first recorded instances of same-sex love and sexuality in ancient civilizations. Ancient Egyptian royal servants Khnumhotep and Niankhkhnum, who lived c. 2400 BCE, are believed to be the first recorded same-sex couple in history, so you get the perspective.

But many oblivious people refuse to believe that being homosexual, bisexual, queer, and transgender are as old as history itself. In fact, some delusional people would go as far as to think they've spotted actual mistakes in movies, books, and media that speak of LGBTQ existence in the past.

And thanks to the wonderfully colorful corner of reddit “Sappho And Her Friend,” “a sub dedicated to historical and other LGBTQ erasure from academia and other spaces,” we have the cringiest collection of such delusional examples.

The subreddit that, according to its description, is “Mostly humorous but open to serious discussion as well,” was created a year ago and has since gained a 266k-solid fanbase who waste no time to cut the crap.

#1

That Dad’s Name? Harold

That Dad’s Name? Harold

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ADHORTATOR
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1 month ago

'That's why she sleeps in the bed

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#2

Saw This On Facebook Today

Saw This On Facebook Today

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Wonder Woman 848
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1 month ago

Up vote for the "HORUS, THEY'RE LESBIANS"!

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#3

Yes, Very Heterosexual Indeed.

Yes, Very Heterosexual Indeed.

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Kines Tezja
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1 month ago

Yeah, as a Pole I can assure you that you can tell the difference even in XIXth century letters.

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On Thursday, February 25, The House of Representatives voted to pass the Equality Act, a bill that would ban discrimination against people based on sexual orientation and gender identity. It would also substantially expand the areas to which those discrimination protections apply. The Equality Act would enable protections within education, particularly on how teachers implement LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum.

But when it comes to education from an early age, LGBTQ curriculum is still widely underrepresented in classrooms. Only five states announced in 2019 that LGBTQ history must be taught in public schools, with California being the first. Here, it’s been required from schools to teach kids LGBTQ History since 2011, and the first K-8 textbooks should be approved to meet new state standards in six years.

#4

They Are Lesbians Goddammit

They Are Lesbians Goddammit

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If I could I would live under water
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1 month ago

Leave them alone Harold

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#5

Just A Fan

Just A Fan

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ƒιѕн
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1 month ago (edited)

Quite the greeting. I believe this is when Kelley came out as lesbian.

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#6

They Were Housemates

They Were Housemates

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Zena Marsh
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1 month ago

That's great.

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On the other hand, enforcement, funding, and teacher preparation are often ambiguous. This has partly to do with the fact that even though the history of LGBTQ people is as old as history itself, the history of its curriculum is relatively short. From the creation of LGBT History Month in 1994 to the National Park Service’s first report on LGBTQ historic sites in 2016, the last decades showed a promising increase in mainstream teaching of LGBTQ history.

According to historian Eliza Byard, Executive Director of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN), “A lot of us grew up with history taught to reinforce the idea that only certain ways of being are natural. It is hugely important that every child understand the complexity of human history in all different dimensions in order to have a full understanding of the past, present and possible futures, and that’s what this is ultimately about.”

#7

"But Hey That's Just A Theory"

"But Hey That's Just A Theory"

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1 month ago

I'm not convinced lol 🤣

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#8

An Interesting Title

An Interesting Title

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Alma Mater
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1 month ago (edited)

what a gorgeous couple !! congrats !!

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#9

Two Bro-Ets, Chillin In An Apartment

Two Bro-Ets, Chillin In An Apartment

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Marianne
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1 month ago

Best anecdote ever! :D

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With LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum, there’s hope of a higher level of education from people about same-sex love and gender inclusivity. It’s a much-needed mark of progress which, if anything, came a little too late. Moreover, teaching LGBTQ history in schools will have a tremendously positive impact on the members of the LGBTQ community who will feel less unsafe for their sexual orientation.

GLSEN’s National School Climate Survey backs it up. It showed that LGBTQ students in schools with an LGBTQ-inclusive curriculum—compared to their counterparts in schools without that curriculum—were “less likely to feel unsafe because of their sexual orientation (41.8% vs. 63.3%) and gender expression (34.6% vs. 47%).”

#10

Medical Classmates

Medical Classmates

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Alma Mater
Community Member
1 month ago

simple typo !! they meant soulmates

Christian Bradshaw
Community Member
1 month ago

Anyone could have made that mistake :D

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Ben Steinberg
Community Member
1 month ago

How sad. One had to live 25 more years without the other...

Arctic Fox Lover
Community Member
1 month ago

Maybe they were good friends. Apparently you can't have housemates without the housemate being your lover.

Kittygirl
Community Member
1 month ago

Yeah, like I used to want to live with my old BFF

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𝕁𝕖𝕟𝕟𝕪𝔹𝕖𝕖
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1 month ago

well...it is possible that they were just friends

Fus
Community Member
1 month ago

Considering the 25 year difference between the two, and that it is not uncommon for the latter to have all information, except the deceased year, on the headstone, im sure it read exactly as she wanted.

Marlowe Fitzpatrik
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1 month ago (edited)

Edit: It took me a while - I now got it. Sorry

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ChickyChicky
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1 month ago

Oh, Dr. Hope lived for 25 more years after her love died, and her love died young. So sad.

CatWoman312
Community Member
1 month ago

At least they still got to be buried next to each other so there’s that

Nikki Sevven
Community Member
1 month ago

I feel bad for Hope. She had to live 25 years after she lost her soul mate.

Stephanie IV
Community Member
1 month ago

Presumably everybody knew or suspected the truth and they chose this as a - then more acceptable - way to assure that they would be interred like any couple: right next to each other.

Carol DeBeaussaert
Community Member
1 month ago

so many years without her love. how sad!

Bengü Taşkesen
Community Member
1 month ago

The one that had to miss the other for 25 years :'(

RatherLoopy
Community Member
1 month ago (edited)

And apropos of nothing, a couples marker in my local cemetery reads "Burke and Bill" who were actually a heterosexual couple. Bill was my aunt, apparently named "Willie" at birth by a father who was hoping for a boy.

Monty Is Fiennes
Community Member
1 month ago

yet still the caduceus....oh well

deanna woods
Community Member
1 month ago

The one who died last probably put that on their tombstone to keep people from getting all upset. It's actually kind of cute.

Isaac7lego
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1 month ago

It is honestly a little sad that they felt the need to do that!!!!

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Zena Marsh
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1 month ago

Best of Friends Forever.

Jo Choto
Community Member
1 month ago

I'm just sad that one lived a quarter century alone after the other died.

Hollysmom
Community Member
1 month ago

Glad they are buried side by side but, that title is so very sad.

Bama Belle
Community Member
1 month ago

One outlived the other by 25 years. I can't imagine.

Amy Pattie
Community Member
1 month ago

Awww man they died 25 years apart, that’s so long 😭

Richard Portman
Community Member
1 month ago

Don't be sad. That happens. Love hurts.

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Susan Egan
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1 month ago

Never married, because they couldn't.

Lynn Morello
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1 month ago

At least they are together,

Oskar vanZandt
Community Member
1 month ago

Because every unmarried person who dies wants to be buried next to someone, preferably of the same sex, they went to university with all those years ago! :P

crazy_cat_notAlady
Community Member
1 month ago

well, if that's the case, i wouldn't mind having me a "classmate" either.

Donkey boi
Community Member
1 month ago

I think it's about right. 'Class': adjective - showing stylish excellence. 'Mate': verb - to have sex.

she/they and probably gay
Community Member
1 month ago

just cover up medical classmates with white out and put soulmates!

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#11

His Roommate Is So Nice

His Roommate Is So Nice

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Alma Mater
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1 month ago

looks like they are going through hell ...

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#12

Just A Friendly Reminder, The History Books Accidentaly Forgot A Few Pages From Anne's Diary

Just A Friendly Reminder, The History Books Accidentaly Forgot A Few Pages From Anne's Diary

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Tomas Holicka
Community Member
1 month ago

In this case it was not the "conservatives", neither was the passage "forgotten", but her father, who survived the war, curated the diaries of his late daughter and removed passages which were intimate and would not go down well with the general book-reading public in the 40's. Just a reminder - same-sex liaisons were legal in the Netherlands since 1811, but homosexuality was only declassified as a disease in 1973. The diaries are powerful on their own, and reading too much into the removal of highly intimate chapters written by a pre-pubescent girl is not warranted.

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#13

Gay Irl

Gay Irl

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Amy Dodds
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1 month ago

Phyllis???

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#14

Just Guys Being Dudes

Just Guys Being Dudes

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Víctor Alfonso García Olmo
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1 month ago

No way man!!! The ancient greeks were bisexuals. No shame, until the Christianity said it was a capital fault.

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#15

Two Very Good Friends

Two Very Good Friends

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Alma Mater
Community Member
1 month ago

come on !!! how could you miss such an obvious message ??

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#16

Two Bros Sharing Storage Space

Two Bros Sharing Storage Space

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Tomas Holicka
Community Member
1 month ago

Is it by any chance the gay musical called "Gay"?

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#17

We Must Be Careful Not To Jump To Conclusions

We Must Be Careful Not To Jump To Conclusions

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Theo C
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1 month ago

I'm pretty sure this one is sarcasm

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#18

But How Certain Is She?

But How Certain Is She?

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• Lemønchu •
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1 month ago

The Sun: "Are you sure about that?"

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#19

Greece Wasn't Gay

Greece Wasn't Gay

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If I could I would live under water
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1 month ago

People believe what they want to believe

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#20

Such A Wholesome Friendship. But Where Are Their Wives?

Such A Wholesome Friendship. But Where Are Their Wives?

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Zena Marsh
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1 month ago

They make a lovely couple

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#21

Just A Couple Of Cowboys

Just A Couple Of Cowboys

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ADHORTATOR
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1 month ago

too good to be true

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#22

No, We're Sisters

No, We're Sisters

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Zena Marsh
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1 month ago

Mix a bit of incest in there? Go girl!

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#23

Hmm, But Who’s Getting Married?

Hmm, But Who’s Getting Married?

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Zena Marsh
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1 month ago

Congratulations gentlemen. Long and happy life to you.

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#24

Oh My God They Were Strangers

Oh My God They Were Strangers

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François Carré
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1 month ago

There is too much in that picture for a conservative brain to proceed correctly. Two colored women of two different cultural styles cannot also be lesbians.

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#25

Two “Comrades” Naked On The Beach

Two “Comrades” Naked On The Beach

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Theo C
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1 month ago

r/unexpectedcommunism

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#26

I Think This Counts (Xena And Gabrielle)

I Think This Counts (Xena And Gabrielle)

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Debi Blackshaw
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1 month ago

Love Lucy Lawless :-)

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#27

Did I Find One?

Did I Find One?

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Zena Marsh
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1 month ago

In such a romantic setting, too

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#28

"Her Alter Ego"

"Her Alter Ego"

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Theo C
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1 month ago

yeah no he's trans idiot

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#29

Lol They’re Married

Lol They’re Married

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CLG
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1 month ago

That rent savings is too hard to let go of!

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#30

We're Both Girls

We're Both Girls

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Douglas Turner
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1 month ago

Flag out front should have told you

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#31

Couldn’t Possibly Speculate What They’re Up To

Couldn’t Possibly Speculate What They’re Up To

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Alma Mater
Community Member
1 month ago

sure !! "no clue"

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#32

I Checked The Comments; And Yeah, She Was Serious

I Checked The Comments; And Yeah, She Was Serious

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François Carré
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1 month ago

So sad the two grooms never showed up though.

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#33

Travelling Buds

Travelling Buds

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Scagsy
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1 month ago

Is it just me or is it difficult to know how to react in these situations? If you assume someone is gay you could be called out on it and if you don't assume that then you end up on here. I am genuinely confused as to how to act, somebody please help!

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#34

A Likely Story

A Likely Story

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Alma Mater
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1 month ago

what else could it be ??

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#35

Because They're Bi, Harold. Get Over It

Because They're Bi, Harold. Get Over It

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Lyn Arnold
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1 month ago

'Youngsters" lol

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#36

This Piece Is Called "Brotherhood Of The Nations" Lmao

This Piece Is Called "Brotherhood Of The Nations" Lmao

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François Carré
Community Member
1 month ago

"Brotherhood", ha ! This is good friendship, dude.

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#37

I Can't Titles

I Can't Titles

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Alma Mater
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1 month ago

sure !!!

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#38

My Friends Got Engaged This Weekend, A Distant Cousin Chimed In

My Friends Got Engaged This Weekend, A Distant Cousin Chimed In

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she/they and probably gay
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1 month ago

that's such a pretty photoshoot

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#39

Like Mother And Daughter

Like Mother And Daughter

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Alma Mater
Community Member
1 month ago

no clue ??? well ... what about the poster ??? and ... gay love and gay couple is family !! welcome to 2021

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#40

May Have Come Out After Tweeting I Am Non-Binary

May Have Come Out After Tweeting I Am Non-Binary

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Scagsy
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1 month ago

Enough of this hinting, are you or aren't you?

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