The New Order of Chaeronea
The original Order of Chaeronea was a secret society
for the cultivation of a homosexual moral, ethical, cultural and spiritual
ethos. It was founded by George Cecil Ives in 1897, as a result of his
realization that homosexuals would not be accepted openly in society and
must therefore have a means of underground communication. The society is
named after the location of the battle where the Sacred Band of Thebes was
finally annihilated in 338 BC. The organization drew heavily on
gay-positive Greek spirituality and mythology, as well as the gay
literature of the time.
The New Order of Chaeronea is a reimagining of the Order of Chaeronea for
modern times based to some extent on the ideals of the original Order and
ancient Greek culture and religion which is history's best example of a
culture and religion that accepted and embraced homosexuality and
Our Purposes are:
- To form a social and fraternal secret order open for men who love
men. This includes homosexual, bisexual, transgender, and even
heterosexual men who love their queer male family and friends.
- To encourage the cultivation of a homosexual and bisexual male moral,
ethical, cultural and spiritual ethos based upon gay and bi-positive
ancient Greek and other Pagan ideals rather than Judeo-Christian ideals
which are not only antithetical to gay and bi sexuality, but oftentimes
sexuality in general.
- To encourage the formation of emotional, sexual, and spiritual gay and
bisexual male relationships that are truly our own, rather than
mimicking heterosexual marriage and the heterosexual nuclear family
model. This includes Greek style Erastes-Eromenos arrangements,
polyamorous relationships, and intergenerational relationships (so long
as all partners are of legal age in their country).
- To encourage the aspiration toward the Greek body ideal, while
accepting members where they are on this quest.
- To form a modern "army of lovers" who can stand up and fight against
homophobia and heterosexism within their communities.
Our Core Beliefs are:
- That ancient Greek culture and religion (and other pre-Christian
cultures and religions) are a superior system for gay and bisexual men
to follow and a valid alternative to modern Judeo-Christian culture and
- The Greek gods and goddesses (many homosexual, bisexual, and
transgender), as well as other Pagan deities, exist whether as actual
deities or as archetypes that can be tapped into.
- The importance of the four cardinal Greek Virtues (as given by Plato):
Wisdom (knowledge); Justice (treating people fairly and defending those
who are not); Fortitude (courage or bravery); and Temperance
(moderation, balance in life and nothing in the extreme).
- All forms of love, sexuality, and relationships between consenting
adults of legal age are valid and holy. Gay and bisexual men should not
limit their ideas of relationships to the models of heterosexual
marriage and the nuclear family. While we support the right to gay
marriage, we also support the right of gay and bisexual men to create
their own types of relationships. Valid expressions of relationships and
sexuality include, but are not limited to: Greek style Erastes-Eromenos
arrangements, polyamorous relationships, intergenerational
relationshipss, one night stands, bachelorhood, and so forth so long as
these relationships are consensual and all partners are of legal age.
- Gay and bisexual men should strive for health and fitness and the
Greek body ideal, but should also realize that genetics, metabolism, and
other factors make this ideal harder for some of our brothers than
- Gay and bisexual men have a responsibility to give back to our
communities and to fight homophobia and heterosexism within those
Norfolk, Virginia, USA
If you have inquiries about either the Norfolk
Virginia Chapter or starting a chapter in your area, please feel free to
(Please be sure to put "Chaeronea" in the subject line)