Sometimes truth can be stranger than fiction. According to Canadian Author of “The Gay Icon Classics of the World” Robert Joseph Greene, there existed a man from an Arabian military noble family that would later come from obscure poverty to become one of the most famed poets of the Arabic world. It is the story of Arabic poet Abu Nuwas.
When Abu Nuwas (born 756). was just a child ,"his mother is reported to have sold him into slavery" says Greene " Rumour has it that his grace and beauty, as a boy, was widely known and his plight came to the attention of a male cousin. This distant cousin was in the military who set out to find his “foreign cousin” and bought his freedom" This came from studies of Arabic history.
Abu Nuwas went on to write about poems/songs which had strong homoerotic overtones. Greene concludes this initially came about through Nuwas relationship with his cousin. Abu Newas poems were especially keen on the "sexual passivity of men". Abu Nuwas is considered one of the greatest of classical Arabic poets.
"Our history has been kept hidden, " says Greene" As we tell our stories, I just want to bridge together the rich heritage of historical gay romanticism to our stories today. "Gays have suffered because we have been denied access to our beautiful and empowering history. The records and stories of gay and lesbian existence need to be revived and retold so that call people know gays and lesbians exist in their history."