Tuesday, 27 July 2010
The odd one in the list is Peter Tchaikovsky - neither unknown, nor exactly perceived as hetero.
Still, the others are worth a look. They are:
Herbert Huncke, 1915-1996: New York vagabond, friend of the literary "beat" generation.
Claude McKay, 1889-1948:Described as the "dark horse of the Harlem Renaissance"
Ethyl Eichelberger, 1945- 1990: New York drag artist.
Patrick Angus, 1953-1992: New York painter
Roger Casement, 1864-1916: Irish diplomat and nationalist, executed by the British for "treason" - and so remembered by the Irish as a patriot.
Mangus Enckell, 1870-1925: Artist
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, 1840-1893:
Pierre Seel, 1923-2005: French survivor of the Nazi Gay Holocaust
F. Holland Day, 1864-1933: Pioneer photographer of male nudes
Monday, 26 July 2010
Tuesday, 20 July 2010
Most Pride celebrations are local, for a specific city or town. In Europe, things are a little different. Every year, one city is selected for a continental celebration, drawing in visitors from right across the continent for Euro Pride. A few years ago, it was London's turn. Today, Warsaw hosts Europride. This has attracted the attention of activists who are conscious of modern Poland's reputation as a bastion of homophobia, one of the few European countries where gay marriage is constitutionally prohibited, and where some major political parties campaign on gay-bashing. UK government minister Chris Bryant, the most senior openly gay man in the new coalition, has gone to Warsaw to join the parade, in the hope that Euro Pride in Warsaw will contribute to an erosion of the hostile political culture.
At least one gay Pole objects to this image. Writing a "A Postcard From Gay Poland", ?ukasz Palucki exposes an extraordinary amount of what for most of us is hidden gay history, showing how Poland was for centuries a bastion of gay tolerance.
Reports like this need to be taken seriously. Far too much for what passes for political or religious discourse on sexuality is based on a highly edited, selective view based on a heterosexist bias. We need to recover and disseminate our lesbian and gay history, in the state and in the church.
Here are some extracts :
There is a State called Poland in the middle of Europe. For unclear reasons to me, Poland is described as a part of Eastern Europe. This qualification is more mental than geographical because Poles are being perceived as homophobes.
This stereotype strengthens Poles’ image as fanatic Catholics whose intolerance results from conservatism and is deeply rooted in the state’s long history. There is nothing more false than that! There are only a few countries in the world where the history of social tolerance is of such great importance, as in Poland.
I’m going to tell you the story you certainly don’t know. This is a history of a State that was a safe refuge for many types of ‘unaccepted’ minorities, where homosexuality was never a crime, where several rulers were homosexual, and catholic priests gave church weddings to same-sex couples.
Sigmund Column: Symbol of Warsaw - and a Gay Memorial
Some people quote a wrong date, 1932, as the date of decriminalisation of homosexuality in Poland. This mistake comes from a lack of knowledge. In this year, the ‘Makarewicz’ Penal Code was actually established – and it didn’t include a penalty for homosexual acts.
Saturday, 3 July 2010
2010 marks ten years of openly gay and lesbian members serving in the British armed forces.