Saturday, August 6, 2011
Gay History 101
Two of my very favorite gay men in history are Ernst Röhm and his SA deputy Edmund Heines. Rohm was co-founder of the Sturmabteilung ("Storm Battalion"; SA), the Nazi Party militia and later was the SA commander. In 1931, the Münchener Post, a Social Democratic newspaper, obtained and published Röhm's letters to a friend in which Röhm discussed his sexual affairs with men.
Let us look at gay men in America. Let's start with notable gay men in American politics. Michael Medved, in his column The "Gay History Law" Elevates the Irrelevant", lists:
William Rufus Devane King - "This thoroughly obscure Dixie politician left behind no major accomplishments or stirring speeches. Vice President King, who served as a Congressman from North Carolina and Senator from Alabama prior to his election to the nation's second highest office in 1852, may have qualified in two of the new protected categories: as both a "gay" and "transgendered American. The life-long bachelor shared rooms in Washington for fifteen years with a fellow bachelor Senator (and future bachelor President), James Buchanan of Pennsylvania. Political enemies of the two men whispered about their intimate friendship and Tennessee Congressman Aaron Venable Brown openly referred to the two comrades as "Buchanan and his wife." President Andrew Jackson teasingly described King as "Miss Nancy" and "Aunt Fancy," apparently alluding to the Senator's odd habit of visiting glittering Washington parties dressed as a woman.
President James Buchanan - Fellow bachelor and friend of Senator of William Rufus Devane King was the inept fifteenth President of the United States whose dithering and uncertainty helped bring on the Civil War.
Harvey Milk - The openly-gay activist. Milk served less than eleven months in his one and only public position (as a San Francisco Supervisor) before his tragic assassination by one of his colleagues.
Roy Cohn- The ruthless aid to Senator Joe McCarthy, who died of AIDS even while he berated and degraded his fellow homosexuals. Ann Coulter insists she still admires Cohn (and writes about him warmly in her defense of McCarthy, "Treason"). However, most journalistic and media accounts portray him as a corrupt bully and loathsome villain.
Gay traitors are historically important. Here is a recent example.
Ginger said that sometime in 2008, in Cambridge, Massachusetts (the epicenter for the gay rights movement), Manning became "part of a social circle that included politically motivated computer hackers and his boyfriend, a self-described drag queen. So when his military career seemed headed nowhere good, Private Manning, 22, turned increasingly to those friends for moral support".
Once PVT Manning embraced the gay lifestyle he became deeply disturbed. His acceptance of the gay lifestyle and the friends he made both in and outside the military led him to what he is today - a traitor to his country.
American history includes famous mass murders (from Wikipedia). Gay history has no shortage of these. For example:
California teachers have their work cut out for them explaining to their students the historical truth about the gay lifestyle. This is a story worth telling.