INTERNATIONAL LOVE. THE DAY BEFORE LIVERPOOL LGBT PRIDE, 2017.BY STEVEN BENSON.

What format for this? poem/polemic/rant?? It is all too weak. The subject is unwieldy, too poignant, too ANGER-INDUCING:BEYOND words..

That lgbt people in Uganda are IMPRISONED, sometimes, for loving someone of the same sex (nomenclatured as “carnal knowledge against the order of nature”): this DEFEATS me. That some of these people, every year, defy this (beyond) draconian legally and socially evil system and go on their small, and ineffably moving and brave Pride march IN Uganda is testimony to the great strength of the human spirit. And it’s not only Uganda. In about 10-13 countries the DEATH penalty- yes I said the DEATH penalty- is either used or not used but is there in statute. This is some way fucked up tortured ideology, fed into by bastardisations(NOT the real message) of (British Empire) “Christianity”.

That Liverpool LGBT Pride has chosen “International Love” as its theme, this year, is inclusive, brave and, by its very inclusion,political (despite Pride’s slight ambivalence to “politics” in its presentation of the event). It HAS to be political. Everything in regard to lgbt equality issues is a HUMAN right, every personal right IS political, because we are working against sets of (hierarchically) religious and cultural and, yes, political, systems, where we have (in some countries ) NO HUMAN RIGHTS or,as in the UK( with May’s despicable alliance with the homophobic DUP and mixed lgbt equality voting record) a set of values we CANNOT assume are guaranteed. Jeremy Corbyn recognizes the struggles still to be fought in the UK AND worldwide, having a history of tackling homophobia and transphobia in countries with extremely punitive regimes, eg Saudi Arabia, where gay men are beheaded. He offers hope(though it seems to me that some people are scared of that hope: they have lived in their internalised capitalistic and personal prisons too long so they are, through no fault of their own, institutionalised, economically, politically and personally; internalised homo/transphobia being manifestations of this insidious macro/microcosmic process). Not being able to express your core selfhood/personhood is the deepest political issue there could be. By coming out/being ourselves, about our sexual orientation/gender identity (when it is SAFE to do so) we are engaging in what is itself a strongly political statement. Yes, a “statement”, whether you like to see it thus or not {heaven forfend we should “announce” it, “thrust it in their faces” or “make an issue” of it, relativistic phrases if there were any}.

I first wrote,originally, this yesterday,on the PRECISE anniversary of the partial{sic} decriminalization of male homosexual acts on 27.7.67; and tomorrow and Sunday is Liverpool LGBT Pride’s day of International Love; so it is written in the interstices, filled with the awareness of a slight relaxing of a cruel UK illegality and the fact that so many other countries do not even have the  relative “luxury” of the 1967 “Sexual Offences Act”(never mind Major’s and Blair’s raft of human rights that took another 32 years to start coming into law).


This corr

Osive

Suppur

Ating

Bubbling

Anger,

Festering

Under the

Surface; {Brought to a head on a day we “celebrate” (do you celebrate being able to have sex behind a a door locked by a Yale key??I suppose, relative to what happened previously you do, sort of)}

Gay men, in the UK, humiliated with specious “pardons” for acts which should never have been illegal,still fight for full apologies(eg. George Monatagu, self-proclaimed “Oldest gay in the Village”: watch his interviews and be moved AND ANGRY). Watch the hideous story of Wildeblood, Pitt-Rivers and Lord Montagu in the BBC’s “Against the Law”, based on Wildeblood’s brave book of the same name; almost too painful to watch, especially, ironically, in his disowning, to Woolfenden, of the queens/queans who were seen as second-rank homosexuals, as opposed to the “discrete normal{sic} homosexuals” Wildeblood had to speak about in order that respectability would win the day {strategically good but offensive}. Wildeblood was-ineffably movingly- the ONLY openly gay man to speak to the Woolfenden Committee in the 50s, prior to the law change; there are a few copies still around of his Penguin “Against the Law”; snap them up; it is an invaluable heirloom.


 

WHAT THE FUCK;

We have

Far to go;

But let us

UNITE

In one

Desire to

Keep on

Keeping On as we

Live our

Lives as

LGBT

PEOPLE

(yes, we are people

Who love people).

These are
HUMAN

RIGHTS.

Let’s be

Bright and
radiant and

Gay in the

Sunshine

(Or Rain)

As we

Transform the

Grey world

To

Multi-hued

Rainbows…

INTERNATIONAL LOVE.

__________________________________________________________________

In homage to all those people (lgbt and allies) who have fought before me/us and STILL fight, all in their own ways: Jeremy Corbyn, Peter Wildeblood, the Gay Liberation Front, the Campaign for Homosexual Equality, Stonewall, John Major, Tony Blair, and(yes) even David Cameron; and for those more UNsung heroes and heroines who quietly but powerfully change the world BY BEING their (LGBT) selves and full, whole human beings. Thanks to Liverpool LGBT Pride for its espousing of International Love:)

{next, a report/ possibly pics of Liverpool LGBT  Pride, 29 and 30 July 2017}

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ENTHUSIASMS: CLASSICAL MUSIC, ESPECIALLY OBSCURE ROMANTIC COMPOSERS; BACH/HANDEL LITERATURE, ESPECIALLY THOUGHTFUL, WELL-WRITTEN(STYLISTICALLY)NOVELS W G SEBALD WALTER BENJAMIN THEODOR ADORNO(JUST BEGINNING!) AESTHETIC PHILOSOPHY GAY MEN'S WRITING;QUEER THEORY STIMULATING DISCUSSIONS(EMOTIONALLY AND INTELLECTUALLY) GOOD RICH THICK ESPRESSO MICHAEL PONTI SPRITUALITY/LIFE'S "AURA"(BENJAMIN), WHATEVER TRANSCENDENTAL THING YOU WANT TO CALL THIS MEMORY-the elusiveness thereof. LOST TIME AND AN ATTEMPT AT ITS REDEMPTION(NON THEISTICALLY/RELIGIOUSLY)
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One Response to INTERNATIONAL LOVE. THE DAY BEFORE LIVERPOOL LGBT PRIDE, 2017.BY STEVEN BENSON.

  1. decayetude says:

    Thx Gill; big 2 x days; hope am up to it; will have to pace self! xx

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