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Burst down those closet doors once and for all, and stand up and start to fight. Harvey Milk
Gay people: we will not win our rights by staying quietly in our closets; we are coming out. Harvey Milk, murdered San Francisco
It’s not my victory, it’s yours and yours and yours. If a gay can win, it means there is hope that the system can work for all minorities if we fight. We’ve given them hope. Harvey Milk
Reverend Bailey: The genuine invert is often, so to speak, a by-product of the sin of a previous generation, and receives an affliction ... temptations unknown to the heterosexual. Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch, Sex and the Church III: Christianity v The West, BBC 2015
I don’t fancy a woman in my bed any more than a man. Alan Ayckbourn, Season’s Greetings starring Michael Cashman & Barbara Flynn & Nicky Henson & Anna Massey & Geoffrey Palmer & Peter Vaughan et al, director Michael A Simpson, Rachel to Clive, BBC 1986
Why does sex go and spoil everything? ibid.
There’s a strong possibility the man’s a homosexual. He hangs about with engine drivers apparently. ibid. Harvey
For the rest, silence or good music, not much food, a lot of solitude, walks on the Heath, the time to think while others ... well, often fall apart. Not so bad, not so bad at all. Being queer and self-sufficient is the best present at this season. Will Self, The Book of Dave
It’s now generally accepted that he [Da Vinci] was homosexual. Tim Marlow & Mariella Frostrup, Leonardo Live, Marlow, Sky Arts 2011
He [Da Vinci] found it hard to reconcile his homosexuality with his love of God. Great Artists with Tim Marlow
The Bishop of Carlisle [COE] recently ... said that the floods in northern Yorkshire that devastated a large part of England in the summer, and killed and dispossessed a large number of people, were punishment for homosexuality. To connect meteorology to morality seems to me I have to say flat-out idiotic. Christopher Hitchens
There is still eighty-one countries where it’s illegal to be gay. And seven where you can actually be put to death for it. The Vatican seems to be OK with that. Penn & Teller, Bullshit! s7e10: Vatican, Showtime 2007
Several nations led by France and the other members of the European Union introduced a resolution that would decriminalise people for being gay in countries around the world. And the Vatican opposed that. Jeff Stone, Dignity USA
For several days I’ve been living among the members of the Westboro Baptists, a fire and brimstone Christian group made up almost entirely of a single family. Since the Iraq war they have become infamous for picketing the funerals of dead soldiers as a protest against an America that tolerates homosexuality. The Westboro Baptist Church is probably the most controversial church in America. Louis Theroux, The Most Hated Family in America, BBC 2007
Shame to be an American where the fags can freely roam. They spread their filth around this land. Every pervert calls it home. Westboro Baptist Church young women’s choir
God Himself Is Now America’s Terrorist. Westboro Baptist Church pamphlet
God Hates Fags. Westboro Baptist Church protest banner
Fags Eat Poop. Westboro Baptist Church protest banner
Are you a fanook? Boardwalk Empire s3e9: The Milkmaid’s Lot, Gyp, HBO 2012
In 1964 Ronnie Kray finally became headline news: his name was linked with Lord Boothby in a homosexual scandal that was set to rock the nation. Flesh & Blood: The Story of the Krays 1991
In 1963 a set of photographs recorded some most unusual friendships. They featured the most popular peer of the day and the man who would become Britain’s most notorious gangster. There was a third man also a gangster and the lover of a senior Labour MP. And a fourth man – a cat burglar and lover to the peer. Krays: Lords of the Underworld, Channel 4 1997
The scandal which got away, and of the love that in 1964 dared not speak its name. The peer in the photographs was Robert Boothby. ibid.
Boothby’s most enduring heterosexual affair which lasted over three decades was with Lady Dorothy Macmillan, the wife of his Conservative colleague Harold Macmillan. ibid.
Holt became a frequent visitor to Boothby’s flat. ibid.
In Early 1963 Holt introduced him [Boothby] to a man called Ronnie Kray. ibid.
The next year the Tories were hit by another scandal which threatened to rival Profumo: on 12th July 1964 the Sunday Mirror printed a story about a homosexual relationship between a prominent Conservative peer and a leading London thug. ibid.
They dominated the East End – their manor as they liked to call it. ibid.
In addition to his bouts of madness and violence Ronnie Kray was a self-proclaimed homosexual. Something of a novelty on the macho London crime scene. ibid.
Boothby’s friendship with Kray was attracting the attention of Scotland Yard’s intelligence section C11. ibid.
Some of the photographs showed a fourth man, Teddy Smith, or Mad Teddy as he was known. ibid.
The Mirror caved in. Cecil King agreed to pay Boothby £40,000. ibid.
There were orgies too. ibid.
The unlikely friendships which at once seemed so promising were disintegrating. ibid.
In the early days they were both homosexuals. And then Reggie sort of came away from it. Albert Donoghue
They fitted into the whole world of fame, celebrity, stars ... Ronnie ... was the first gay gangsta in England that came out of the closet. John Pearson, Krays’ biographer
He’s a come from behind kind of a guy. The Sopranos s6e6: Live Free Or Die starring James Gandolfini & Lorriane Bracco & Edie Falco & Michael Imperioli & Dominic Chianese & Steven van Zandt & Tony Sirico & Robert Iler et al, Tony of Vito, HBO 2006
Are you now or have you ever been a homosexual? A Clockwork Orange 1971 starring Malcolm McDowell & Patrick Magee & Michael Bates & Warren Clarke & John Clive & Adrienne Corri & Carl Duering & Paul Farrell & Clive Francis & Michael Gover et al, director Stanley Kubrick, Screw to Alex
Summer 1973: Freddy, stop listening to music made by poofs; stick on some Elton John. Cemetery Junction 2010 starring Christian Cooke & Felicity Jones & Tom Hughes & Ricky Gervais & Jack Doolan & Emily Watson & Julia Davis & Albert Welling & Ralph Fiennes et al, directors Ricky Gervais & Stephen Merchant, Bruce
Elton John’s looking for a wife. ibid. Gervais