The teachings of Jesus Christ encouraged a turning away from and forgiveness of sin, including those sins of sexual impurity, although Jesus never referred to homosexuality specifically. However, most contemporary religious authorities in the various Dharmic traditions view homosexuality negatively, and when it is discussed, it is discouraged or actively forbidden. Truth Wins Out. Or, Why Is Sappho a Man? Ariel Shidlo and Dr. Sydney Morning Herald.
A contemporary paradox for women". Liberal currents also exist within most religions, and modern lesbian and gay scholars of religion sometimes point to a place for homosexuality among historical traditions and scripturesand emphasise religious teachings of compassion and love. Trinity Press International,
Some see this third gender as an ancient parallel to modern western lesbian, gay, transgender and intersex identities.