LGBT History: Hadrian and Antinous
Hadrian married in about AD 100, but we do not know much about the life of his beard wife and empress, Vibia Sabina. Sabina's image was put on the official coinage and there are many statues of her. Their mutual indifference became open antipathy in later life, though they kept up appearances to some extent, and were never divorced. Sabina, who professed that she was proud to have born no children to her ‘monstrous’ husband, nevertheless was occasionally even allowed to accompany him on his travels.
Background on Antinous: Antinous was born in a town called Claudiopolis in the northwest corner of the country that we now call Turkey, in the year 111 A.D. He was very likely not from a wealthy family, and is even said to have been a slave...Antinous came from nothing, and from nowhere, but by the end of his short life, he was a Prince, known all over the Empire. His name has overcome the trials of history because of the mysterious love that occurred between this strange, exotic boy, and the ruler of the Roman world at its height. The details of Antinous's life are mostly unknown.
Just as rapidly, Antinous became the subject of numerous busts showing off the delicate features and great physical beauty that had stirred the Emperor’s lust. However, there was more to Antinous than physical attraction. Reportedly, he was highly intelligent and witty, which was another of the Emperor’s great passions.
Other Greek cities began to establish their own cults and festivals in honor of Antinous, led by local and senatorial leaders, who wished to express their loyalty to Rome and to Hadrian. The Antinous cult became popular among the common people, where it seems to have competed with Christianity. Even today he is still worship as the Gay God the website: http://www.antinopolis.org/religion.html