Innovative and controversial in its day, Towards a Gay Communism is among other things a vivid document of a time when sexual liberation was a wing of the revolutionary struggle. The following is an excerpt from a new translation from Pluto Press. As long as women reject or fear the sexual approach of another woman, as long as men are at pains to guarantee and defend the virginity of their own asshole, the reign of freedom will not have been attained; this is the certainty from which the homosexual perspective illuminates the future.
Marxism, the Communist Party and other affiliated political movements often get derided for a history of being super shitty to women and the LGBTQ community. The rational, it was claimed and identical to that of the US governmentwas that homosexuals could be blackmailed into betraying the party. But still, there is a rich history within communist movements of LGBTQ activists who fought for both class equality and sexual liberation.
Both Robinson and Willett provide overviews of how a range of left-wing parties engaged with the question of gay rights from the s to the s, including the Communist Party of Great Britain. This intersects with work done on the CPGB and the shifts in the Party during the s and s that led to the rise of Eurocommunism, Gramscism and the version of The British Road to Socialism and to some, the inevitable decline of the Party. The support for gay rights as part of this shift in the outlook of the Party is mentioned in the work by Mike Waite, Geoff Andrews and Richard Cross, for example.
As news spreads about former Cardinal McCarrick's "open secret" lifestyle, even amidst highly questionable denials by the leading members of the U. Many are asking: How can this be? How can there possibly be this many homosexual men in the priesthood?
Because of the kind of research I do, I read communist publications daily. Yes, communists have become cheerleaders for the gay-rights movement. Their onetime reticence, rejection, and repression of gays are totally gone.
Indeed, the editor of the paper at that time, Barry Cohen, knew that too and specifically invited me to contribute this piece. For those with a very long memory, I submitted my cultural criticism in the late s and early s to arts editor Adelaide Bean. She vouched for my legitimacy as a writer, supplying introductions to others in the party who either knew Blitzstein or might have some information of use to a biographer.
When he heard about the new law, he wrote a letter to Stalin asking him how he could justify it. Whyte pointed out how the new law was cancelling all the progress that had been made on such matters since the October Revolution. The content of my appeal is briefly as follows. The author of this letter, a member of the Communist Party of Great Britain, requests a theoretical grounding of the March 7  decree of the USSR Central Executive Committee on [the institution of] criminal liability for sodomy.
By David J. Stewart April Updated June The fight for homosexual Gay rights has absolutely nothing to do with freedom, liberty or equal rights; but rather, it's all about government control over everyone's lives.
Huge mobilisations arose against the war in Vietnam, while black people in the US rose in rebellion in cities across America after the assassination of Martin Luther King in — rebellions which inspired the Stonewall riot, the founding event of the gay liberation movement, the following year. Many on the far left believed that capitalism was in its death agonies and that revolution was on the agenda of the day. Alongside left activists and writers in the s there existed a wide range of different activities characterised by a broader sense of the political, purely individual hedonism, or something in between. People experimented with communal living, sometimes including a rejection of monogamy.