Saint Sergius and Saint Bacchus are ancient Christian martyrs who were tortured to death in Syria because they refused to attend sacrifices in honor of Jupiter. Recent attention to early Greek manuscripts has also revealed that they were openly gay men and that they were erastai, or lovers. These manuscripts are found in various libraries in Europe and indicate an earlier Christian attitude toward homosexuality.
Bishop Oscar Romero was a martyr of the faith and is designated a saint in the Episcopal Church.
Saint Shushanik (Born Vardeni Mamikonian c. 440-475) Was an early medieval Christian martyr of Armenian origin who was murdered by her husband Varsken in the town of Tsurtavi, Georgia. Since she died defending her right to profess Christianity, she is regarded as a martyr. Her martyrdom is described in her confessor Jacob’s hagiographic work...
The sister of Saint Xanthippe, Saint Polyxene (1st cent Spain) was kidnapped and taken to Greece by a man entranced with her beauty. On the way she heard Holy Apostle Paul preach -- consequently, she sought the Christian community in Greece and was baptized by Holy Apostle Andrew. After witnessing his trials and martyrdom, she returned to Spain and, for 40 years, converted pagans with her sister. (Sept 23)
Bacchus: (4th century) Roman soldier who was martyred for his Christian faith. The ancient veneration of these two men offers gay Christians, and those who love and support them, a ray of hope by showing how the Church openly honored two people of the same gender in a loving relationship. In their relationship as Sergius and Bacchus found courage for the choice they were called to make as witnesses to their faith. (October 7)