Posted by Catherine Carwright Jones on September 12, 2001 at 23:30:43:
In reply to: Was henna used by homosexuals and transsexuals in the past? posted by Rainbow Henna on September 12, 2001 at 22:48:03:There are many references from the Roman era to the present that
mention specifically that henna was Iand is) used by homosexual,
transsexual, and transvestite men.
Catullus was accused by Cicero of hennaeing his hands and thus of
being effeminite and decadent. The transsexual men who were devotees
of the Magna Mater cult hennaed. Homosexual entertainers and sex
workers from the 9th century to present in the middle east hennaed.
Homosexual transvestites in Egypt and Sudan, in particular, were
entertainers at circumcisions and weddings when women entertainers
were not welcomed (because they were presumed to be sex workers). In
Egypt in the 8th and 19th centuries, Jewish homosexual transvestites
entertainers were very popular in demand for big family celebrations
... and yes, they DID henna!
The transsexuals in India henna, and presumably have always done so.
Straight men henna also hennaed, and still do ....
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