The news that Jorg Haider - the Austrian fascist leader - spent his final few hours in a gay bar with a hot blond has shocked some people. It hasn't shocked me. This is a taboo topic for a gay left-wing man like me to touch, but there has always been a weird, disproportionate overlap between homosexuality and fascism. Take a Sturmabteilung homosexuality breath; here goes.
Some 10, gay people were slaughtered in the Nazi death-camps. Many more were humiliated, jailed, deported, ethnically "Sturmabteilung homosexuality," or castrated. One gay survivor of the camps, LD Classen von Neudegg, has written about his experiences. They were captured, Sturmabteilung homosexuality when they returned they had the word 'homo' scrawled across their clothing.
They were Sturmabteilung homosexuality on a block and whipped. Then they were forced to beat a drum and cheer, 'Hurrah!
So the idea of a gay fascist seems ridiculous. Yet when the British National Party - our own home-grown Holocaust-denying bigots - announced it was fielding an openly gay candidate in the European elections this June, dedicated followers of fascism didn't blink. The twisted truth is that gay men have been at the heart of every major fascist Sturmabteilung homosexuality that ever was - including the gay-gassing, homo-cidal Third Reich.
With the exception of Jean-Marie Le Pen, all the most high-profile fascists in Europe in the past thirty years have been gay. It's time to admit something. Fascism isn't something that happens out there, a nasty habit acquired by the straight boys.
It is - in part, at least - a Sturmabteilung homosexuality thing, and it's time for non-fascist gay people to wake up and face the marching music. Just look at "Sturmabteilung homosexuality" own continent over the past decade. Dutch fascist Pim Fortuyn ran on blatantly racist anti-immigrant platform, describing Islam as "a cancer" and biggest threat to Western civilisation today. When accused by a political opponent of hating Arabs, he replied, "How can I hate Arabs?
I sucked one off last night. Jorg Haider blasted Austria's cosy post-Nazi politics to rubble in when his 'Freedom Party' won a quarter of Sturmabteilung homosexuality vote and joined the country's government as a coalition partner. Several facts
Sturmabteilung homosexuality cropped up in the international press coverage: A few newspapers mentioned that he is always surrounded by fit, fanatical young men.
A handful went further and pointed out that several of these young men are openly gay. Then one left-wing German paper broke the story everybody else was hinting at. They alleged Haider is gay. Rumours of an Indian waiter with "intimate details" of Haider's body broke into the press. The Freedom Party's general manager Gerald Miscka quickly quit, amid accusations that he was Haider's lover. Haider's close gay friend Walter Kohler - who has been photographed Sturmabteilung homosexuality off a holstered pistol while Haider chuckled - declared his opposition to outing politicians.
Haider - who was married and has two children - kept quiet while his functionaries denied the rumours. The revelation that he died after leaving a gay bar suggests these rumours were true. On and on it goes. If you inter-railed across Europe, only stopping with gay fascists, there aren't many sights you'd miss. France's leading post-war fascist was Edouard Pfieffer, who was not batting for the straight side.
Martin Lee, author of a study of European fascism, explains, "For Kuhnen, there was something supermacho about being a Nazi, as well as being a homosexual, both of which enforced his sense of living on the edge, of belonging to an elite that was destined to make an impact.
He told a West German journalist that homosexuals were 'especially well-suited for our task, because they do not want ties to wife, children and family. At first glance, our Nazis seem militantly straight. They have tried to disrupt gay parades, describe gay people as "evil", and BNP leader Nick Griffin reacted charmingly to the bombing of the Admiral Duncan pub in with a column saying, "The TV footage of gay demonstrators [outside the scene of carnage] flaunting their perversion in front of the world's journalists showed just why so many ordinary people find these creatures repulsive.
InMartin Webster, a former "Sturmabteilung homosexuality" Front organiser and head honcho in the British fascist movement, wrote a four-page pamphlet "Sturmabteilung homosexuality" his 'affair' with Griffin.
Sturmabteilung homosexuality He was twenty years younger than me. Homosexuality is "extremely prevalent" in the upper echelons of the British far right, and at one stage in the s nearly
Sturmabteilung homosexuality of the movement's organisers were gay, he claims. Gerry Gable, editor of the anti-fascist magazine 'Searchlight', explains, "I have looked at Britain's Nazi groups for decades and this homophobic hypocrisy has been Sturmabteilung homosexuality all the time.
I cannot think of any organisation on the extreme right that hasn't attacked people on the grounds of their sexual preference and at the same time contained many gay officers and activists. Griffins' alleged gay affair would stand in a long British fascist tradition. The leader of the skinhead movement all through the s was a crazed, muscled thug called Nicky Crane.
He was the icon of a reactionary backlash against immigrants, feminism and the 'hippy' lifetsyle of the s. His movement's emphasis on conformity to a shaven, dehumanised norm resembled classical fascist movements; Crane soon became a campaigner and leading figure in the National Front.
Oh, and he was gay. Before he died of AIDS in the mids, Crane came out and admitted he had starred in many gay porn videos. Just before he died inhe was allowed to steward a Gay Pride march in London, even though he still said he was "proud to be a fascist. Several lesbians in particular objected to "invasion" of the centre. They felt that the cult of "real men" and hypermasculine thugs was stirring up the most base feelings "in the very place, the gay movement, where you would least expect them.
Along with Adolf Hitler, Sturmabteilung homosexuality was the founding father of Nazism. Born to conservative Bavarian civil servants inErnst Rohm's life began - in his view - in the "heroic" trenches of the First World War. Like so many of the generation who formed the Nazi Party, he was nurtured by and obsessed with the homoerotic myth of the trenches - heroic, beautiful boys prepared to die for their brothers and their country.
He emerged from the war with a bullet-scarred face and a reverence for "Sturmabteilung homosexuality." As he put it in his autobiography, "Since I am an Sturmabteilung homosexuality and wicked man, war and unrest appeal to me more than the good bourgeois order. He had no political beliefs, only prejudices - particularly hatred of Jews.
Historian Joachim Fest describes Rohm's generation of alienated, demobbed young men humiliated by defeat as "agents of a permanent revolution without any revolutionary idea of the future, only a wish to eternalize "Sturmabteilung homosexuality" values of the trenches.
He saw him as the demagogue he needed to mobilize support for his plan to overthrow democracy and establish a "Sturmabteilung homosexuality" state" where the army ruled untrammelled.
Sturmabteilung homosexuality introduced the young fascist to local politicians and military leaders; they knew him for many years as "Rohm's boy. Rohm's blatant, out homosexuality seems bizarre now, given gay genocide that was to follow. He talked openly about his fondness for gay bars and Turkish baths, and was known for his virility. He believed that gay people were superior to straights, and saw "Sturmabteilung homosexuality" as a key principle of his proposed Brave New Fascist Order.
As historian Louis Snyder explains, Rohm "projected a social order in which homosexuality would be regarded as a human behaviour pattern of high repute He flaunted his Sturmabteilung homosexuality in public and insisted his cronies do the same.
He believed straight people weren't as adept at bullying and aggression as homosexuals, so homosexuality was given a high premium in the SA.
This belief in the superiority of homosexuality had a strong German tradition that grew up at the turn of the twentieth century around Adolf Brand, publisher of the country's first gay magazine.
You could call it 'Queer as Volk': "Sturmabteilung homosexuality" venerated the ancient warrior cults of Sparta, Thebes and Athens.
Sturmabteilung homosexuality often referred to the ancient Greek tradition of sending gay solider couples into battle, because they were believed to be the most ferocious fighters.
The famous pass of Thermopylae, for example was held by soldiers - who consisted of gay couples. In its early years, the
Sturmabteilung homosexuality - and Rohm's underground army - was seen as predominantly gay. The organisation would sometimes
Sturmabteilung homosexuality in gay bars. They used to throw riotous parties even in I once attended one.
It was quite well-behaved but thoroughly gay. Sturmabteilung homosexuality then, in those days, the SA was ultra-gay. He sprang to his feet and saluted, calling, "Heil Mein Fuhrer! He was shot that night. Rohm was the most high-profile kill in the massacre known as 'the Night of the Long Knives'. Rohm had been suspected by Hitler of disloyalty, but his murder began a massive crackdown on gay people.
Heinrich Himmler, head of the Gestapo, described homosexuality as "a symptom of degeneracy that could destroy our race. We must return to the guiding Nordic principle: His 'evidence' for Hitler being gay is shaky and has been questioned by many historians, although some of his findings are at least suggestive. A close friend of Hitler's during his teenager years, August Kubizek, alleged a "romantic" affair between Hans Mend, a despatch rider who served alongside Hitler in the First World War, claimed to seen Hitler having sex with a man.
Hitler was certainly very close to several gay men, and never seems to have had a normal sexual relationship with a woman, not even his wife, Eva Braun. Rudolph Diels, the founder of the Gestapo, recorded some of Hitler's private thoughts on "Sturmabteilung homosexuality." Once rife, it Sturmabteilung homosexuality its contagious effects like an ineluctable law of nature to the best and most manly of characters, eliminating from the breeding pool the very men the Volk most needs.
Rohm is venerated on the Homo-Nazi sites that have bred on the internet like germs in a wound. Their Rohmite philosophy is simple: They alone are endowed with the "capacity for pure male bonding" and the "superior intellect" that is needed for "a fascist revolution. Sturmabteilung homosexuality have often been at its heart. This begs the bigger question: How did gay people - so often victims of oppression and hate - become integral to the most hateful and evil political movement of all?
Is it just an extreme form of self-harm, the political equivalent to the gay kids who slash their own arms to ribbons out of Sturmabteilung homosexuality Gay pornographer and film-maker Bruce LaBruce has one explanation. figures in his paramilitary organization, the Sturmabteilung (SA). The association of homosexuality with fascism was not limited to the.
A writer from Duesseldorf who was arrested for homosexuality. On May 6,students led by Storm Troopers (Sturmabteilung; SA) broke into the. Ernst Röhm, the leader of Hitler's Sturm Abteilung or Storm Troopers, tried to blackmail Hitler by threatening to reveal his sexuality. Röhm, who.