This liberalism carried into all aspects of everyday life in ancient Athens. Above all, love was raised on an idealistic pedestal and worshipped as the truest form of human connection—regardless of gender and sexual preference. Theatrical plays, manuscripts of orations in the Agora, sculptures, statues and amphorae (yes, those graphic ones) all remain as testament to the freedom of thought, speech and choice in classical Athens.
The Olympian Immortals were no less liberated about choosing a sexual partner. Zeus, Apollo, Eros, Dionysus, Hermes, Artemis, Athena and so many more, all star in tales of same-sex love that often came with some sort of tragic ending, spurred by jealousy and vengeance. Myths about Hercules, Achilles, the Amazons, gay lovers in the Trojan and Spartan wars, the writings and life of Sappho, the list goes on and on; building an undeniable narrative. Even in the largest LGBTQ+ legal cases today, someone will generally invoke the Greeks.