It’s been forty years since British parliamentarians signed the Sex Offenses Act, thus decriminalizing faggotry. The social sea change helped millions of homos ride on out of the closet. It also thrust homosexuality into the cultural spotlight, making gays – and their sex lives – one of the most talked about subjects in all the land.
Now, British journo Simon Fanshawe wants everyone to “bloody” shut up about the queers and focus on the person, not the sexual position.
How things have changed even since I came out, in 1976. Endlessly now, I get asked on to chatshows and debate programmes to discuss the state of homosexuality. Over a hundred years after the wonderful Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde termed it “the love that dare not speak its name”, it has become the love that won’t bloody well shut up.
Eeks! Do you think he’s talking about us?
Fanshawe argues that rather than focusing on identity politics, we need to be more concerned with human rights – rather than just gay rights:
The time has come for the end of the heterosexual, the end of the homosexual. It was just a phase we were going through. And the only people who believe it any more are the gay identity freaks, the religious nuts and the bigots. Individuality is the new black, don’t you think?
We’d rather say “individuality is the new pink”. It’s better for summer. But otherwise we agree, yes.