I came across the Fairy Tales Calendar by way of deviantART. The artist is Eshto (Ryan Grant Long). Ryan has a Masters Degree in Fine Art and a certificate in LGBT studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The Fairy Tales Calendar is 12 months of historical figures and according to the artist’s statement, “This project wasn’t about proving without a doubt whether or not a certain historical figure was gay; but rather exploring same-sex affection when enough evidence existed to at least consider it a reasonable possibility.”
The artwork in the calendar depicts the love these individuals felt for one another. Ryan has also put together a brief history of the couple as well as their location.
I think Eshto (or Ryan) is correct though. It isn’t about who was or wasn’t gay, but more about the affection (ok, love) that was felt between men throughout the ages. He has captured the love so affectionately and beautifully.