Roman mythology and transsexualism.
Roman goddess responsible for watching over, caring for and sympathising with female souls trapped in male bodies and the spiritual ambassador for all those who crossed the lines of gender.
The many guises of Venus.
According to legend, an army of Scythians pillaged the temple of Venus at Ascelon while leaving Syria and Palestine, which they had invaded. The goddess was so enraged by their actions that she made women of the plunderers, and further decreed that their posterity should be similarly affected.
Hippocrates wrote of the Scythians: "They not only follow women's occupations, but show feminine inclinations and behave as women. The natives ascribe the cause to a deity..."
Venus has appeared in many other forms, aside from her commonly-believed role as the goddess of love and beauty, these being:
The bringer of good fortune and happiness.
The bringer of victory.
The mother and founder of Rome.
The protector of chastity.
A bearded, crossdressing incarnation who was called upon to repel unwanted husbands and suitors. Scary.