In a long list of 'famous LGBT people', the LGBT History Month website cites the celebrated pederast Hadrian as one of just three gay icons from the world of politics. The other two are a transsexual from the antipedes and Harvey Milk, the celebrated San Francisco politician who raised promiscuity to levels previously unheard of even in California. A host of historical homosexual despots around the world like the bisexual Adolf Hitler and every Roman emperor except Claudius, not to mention modern home-grown exotica like Lords Peter Mandelson and Chris Smith must be wondering what they did wrong to be left off.
The world of entertainment lists Dirk Bogarde, Marlene Dietrich, John Gielgud, Larry Grayson,Ian McKellen, Johnny Mathis, Dusty Springfield and Will Young, mysteriously omitting LGBT History Month's own patrons Labi Siffre and Cyril Nri, presumably because no-one on the team had ever heard of them. Similar ignorance is evident under the music heading, where just two obscure names are cited. Perhaps one needs to be a Radio 3 or at least a Classic FM listener to come up with Benjamin Britten, Peter Pears, Roger Quilter and a certain Russian named Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky.
Under the literature heading we see, amongst others, Quentin Crisp, Christopher Marlowe and Joe Orton. Quentin Crisp spent his life bemoaning the inherent contradictions of homosexuality, Kit Marlowe was peculiar, to put it mildly, and Joe Orton was another paedophile, jetting off to Morocco with his 'friend' Kenneth Halliwell to bicker over which little boy called Mohammed they would interfere with next and who would have him first. Orton's own promiscuity became too much in the end even for Halliwell, who beat his younger companion to death with a hammer. 'Domestic Violence', say the Metropolitan Police without any trace of irony, 'does exist in same-sex relationships'.
HADRIAN - GAY ICON:
The Roman Emperor Hadrian was a predatory paedophile who molested his pre-pubescent houseboy Antinous. Hadrian proceeded to initiate the impressionable boy into a full homosexual affair, which only ended with the latter's mysterious death by drowning in his mid-twenties in or around AD123. Hadrian had a statue built to commemorate him and declared him a deity. Homosexual men have been worshipping images of well-favoured youths ever since.
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