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  1. Ben in Oakland
    August 23, 2013

    I came out in 1971, and vaguely remember that article. Within a few years I was hearing the words “militant homosexuals” quite regularly.

    By 1973, I was saying things like, “goddam right I’m militant. I have a right to a normal life!”

    And I’ve been a militant homosexual ever since. Good times!

  2. Ben in Oakland
    August 23, 2013

    oops. hit post. My iPad is as sensitive as a right wingers sensibilities.

    But it’s funny. I’m militant because all I do is insist that I have a normal life–every minute of it. I live my life as an out and proud gay man. I write letters and Internet postings, I vote, I donate money.

    My militancy is nothing more than insisting that I have the right to live my life as I am made. Since 1973, I have carried in my wallet a clipping from a Chicago gay newspaper. It’s a quote from John Addington Symonds:

    “We maintain that we have the right to exist after the fashion which nature made us. And if we cannot alter your laws, we shall go on breaking them. You may condemn us to infamy, exile, prison– as you formerly burned witches. You may degrade our emotional instincts and drive us into vice and misery. But you will not eradicate inverted sexuality.”

    And THAT, children, is Militance– 130 years ago.

  3. Lindoro Almaviva
    August 23, 2013

    Love that quote. I guess I am a militant homosexual too, and damn proud.

  4. Jols
    August 25, 2013

    Yes! I remembered Edward Sagarin from your article last year. What do I get, what do I get??

    About the article, like most articles written before the 90s (and even then…) it’s a mixture of interesting, infuriating and downright hilarious quotes.

    Sagarin’s is especially sad, reeking of self-loathing.

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