The Abbess of the Convent of the Mother of God in Pescia in 17th century Italy, Sister Benedetta Carlini's sexual affair with Sister Bartolemea ended in 35 years of solitary confinement.
Abd-ar-Rahman III, the Emir and Caliph of Córdoba from 929 to 961 and Defender of the Faith, kept two harems: one of women and one of men.
The cult of Kuttantavar, popular in Tamil Nadu, attracts tens of thousands of transsexuals to its age-old festival in the village of Koovagam. It also attracts the village men, who dress up like brides.
The Aztec Xochipilli was the god of all things beautiful, like dance, art and flowers. Not surprisingly, he was also the patron of homosexual men and male prostitutes.
Tu-Er-Shen, the Chinese Taoist rabbit deity, was the protector of gay men. It all started when a man called Hu Biantao couldn't stop himself from checking out a handsome imperial inspector in the bathroom.