Ed Vitagliano | AFA Journal News Editor
Almost 750,000 people attended the Gay Pride Day celebration
and parade in San Francisco in June, just two days after the U.S.
Supreme Court struck down all remaining sodomy laws in the country
in the case of Lawrence v. Texas.
The festivities included what might be expected under the circumstances:
the giddy revelry of those who had just won without a doubt
the most significant legal victory for sexual libertinism
in U.S. history.
According to pro-family witnesses, however, the celebration also
contained much more than most ordinary Americans would expect to
see at a parade. Displays of public nudity, men clad only with a
sex toy and, peppered throughout the vast throngs of homosexuals
in attendance, signs declaring such lurid sentiments as, We
had sodomy for breakfast, and Sodomize me Its
The well-guarded secret of the homosexual movement is that, regardless
of how one understands the causes of homosexuality, the nature
of it is, at its core, sexual rebellion. Gays and lesbians
are driven to challenge and destroy every conception of what is
considered to be sexual normalcy.
This is the essence of queer theory, the underlying
sexual ethic of the homosexual movement. Conservative writer and
culture critic Roger Kimball said, Maintaining a sufficiently
trangressive attitude toward everything the dominant
society considers normal is central to the purpose of queer
Without such a deconstruction of normalcy and regardless
of what political victories are won homosexuals wont
be free until we can be queer in the streets, not just in the sheets,
said Richard Goldstein, a columnist for the homosexual magazine
The Advocate and author of The Attack Queers.
Gays and lesbians reject not only the biology which
underlies human sexuality, but also the traditional male-female
model of relationships. Goldstein said that within the homosexual
is the impulse to shatter the strictures of male or female
However, if concepts of natural sexuality are undermined, and then
the male-female construction of relationships is crushed, what remains?
For homosexuals, it is merely a sexual ethic that excludes norms.
It is open defiance of social conventions regarding sex. It is sexual
Pat Califia, a well-known lesbian author who underwent the transition
to becoming a man, said that American culture has not
sufficiently normalized homosexuality because it refuses to recognize
the totality of human sexual experimentation, such as sadomasochism,
transgenderism, public sex and even cross-generational
sex meaning adult-child copulation.
She insists that the general public is still deeply ignorant
about and afraid of the complete range of human sexual experience,
adding that homosexuals havent done the grassroots sex
education that would get at the seeds of homophobia: fear and loathing
of minority sexuality.
Califia, who boasts that she is a sadomasochist, sees the real movement
for gay equality as being tethered to the fight to normalize
all sexual tastes. Until its safe to be different [sexually],
we will have no real freedom no genuine equality, she
This rebellion against normal sexuality is the defining characteristic
of the homosexual community. Its members have no common language,
religion, music or other typical unifying norm. What homosexuals
have in common is the one thing that makes them different from the
rest of the culture their sexual preference.
Some homosexuals insist, however, that they are not what they do
in bed. Homosexual columnist Dan Savage disagrees. We are
sex. That fact makes some gay men and lesbians uncomfortable,
he said.Sex is what makes us not straight people, after all.
Homosexual writer Gabriel Rotello, author of Sexual Ecology:
AIDS and the Destiny of Gay Men, stated that sex is the
very thing that to many of us defines us as gay men, drives our
politics and our erotics, gives us our modern identity, provides
the mortar of much of our philosophy and community, animates much
of our lives.
However, a gay self-identity that is determined by sexuality
has produced another, not unexpected, result: an obsession with
that same sexual impulse. Gay liberation means sexual freedom.
And sexual freedom means more sex, better sex, sex in the bushes,
in the toilets, in the baths, sex without love, sex without harassment,
sex at home and sex in the streets, said one activist.
Homosexual activist Larry Kramer admits that gay culture
is confined and centered so tragically on our obsession with
our penises and what we do with them.
This obsession tends to produce a promiscuous lifestyle that is
a feature of the homosexual community. One of the most comprehensive
studies of male homosexual practices was conducted by Alan P. Bell
and Martin S. Weinberg, and published in 1978 by the Kinsey Institute
under the title, Homosexualities: A Study of Diversity among
Men and Women. Incredibly, the study found that 28% of homosexual
males had had 1,000 or more sexual partners, while 43% of white
male homosexuals estimated they had had sex with 500 or more partners.
In a recent survey of sexually active homosexual men, published
in the June issue of the American Journal of Public Health,
study participants said they had averaged seven sex partners in
just the previous six months and 25% said they had had 18
or more sex partners. Similarly, the Associated Press reported on
the results of a separate study of gay men in Los Angeles
County: 50% of the men said theyd had sex with an average
of 28 partners in a public place over the preceding
Even among so-called monogamous homosexual couples,
a relatively promiscuous lifestyle is typical. A study of Dutch
homosexual men, published in the May issue of the journal AIDS,
revealed that gays coupled in long-term relationships
still had an average of eight additional sex partners a year outside
the monogamous union.
However, many gay leaders openly praise and promote
unbridled sexuality as part of what the homosexual movement is all
about. Even in light of the AIDS crisis, gay anthropologist
Ralph Bolton has argued that calling for homosexual men to abandon
promiscuity is doomed to fail.
Resistance to limiting the number of partners was sure to
arise because the sexual liberation for which gay men had fought
so hard included the right to be promiscuous. Promiscuity was a
key feature of gay culture as it evolved, and attempts to extirpate
promiscuity should be interpreted as an attack on gay culture and
gay liberation, he said, adding that [c]alling for a
reduction in the number of sexual partners implied a radical restructuring
of all of gay social life.
To be fair, such promiscuity disturbs some leaders within the homosexual
community. Lesbian author and feminist Camille Paglia insists that
[homosexual] activists must stop their systematic lying about
the actual facts of the run-of-the-mill gay male recreation, which
is constantly going on in public toilets, parks, alleyways and all-night
clubs throughout the Western world. The dimensions and intensity
of that orgiasticism would stagger the minds of many well-meaning
liberals, I believe, were they to see it with their own eyes.
It is no wonder then, that, at least publicly, most savvy homosexual
activists talk about abstract concepts such as tolerance, equality,
civil rights anything except sex.
However, the homosexual community is forced to discuss sex because
of one very inconvenient fact: gluttonous sexual appetites lead
to terrifying repercussions. As Kramer admits, Nature always
extracts a price for sexual promiscuity.
Rotello, one of the few homosexual activists to honestly admit this
fact, said, The appearance of a multitude of epidemic diseases
almost immediately after gay men had carved out zones of sexual
freedom has opened up the grim, almost unthinkable possibility that
for gay men, sexual freedom leads inexorably to disease.
The prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) among gays
has become a painful reality. According to the Institute of Medicine,
Men who have sex with men are at greater risk for many life-threatening
STDs, including HIV infection, hepatitis B virus infection, and
anal cancer compared to heterosexual men. Other STDs of concern
among men who have sex with men include anal syphilis, urethritis,
and a range of oral and gastrointestinal infections.
The susceptibility of the gay community to these diseases lies in
the fact that homosexual practices are unique in their rebellion
against nature and, quite frankly, their debauchery. Even some gay
leaders have admitted this truth.
Homosexual Jack Hart, author of Gay Sex: A Manual for Men Who
Love Men, said, Many sexually transmitted diseases
occur more often among gay men than in the general population. Several
factors contribute to this difference: Gay men have the opportunity
to engage in sex with more people than do most heterosexual men,
and some practices common in the gay community especially
rimming [placing the tongue in the anus for the purpose of sexual
stimulation] and anal intercourse are highly efficient ways
of transmitting disease
AIDS, of course, is one of those diseases that afflicts the homosexual
community. Homosexual writer Michelangelo Signorile has pointed
to the obvious epidemiological reality for homosexuals
living under the shadow of HIV: [t]hat a culture of unbridled,
multipartner anal sex directly contributes to the ongoing [AIDS]
epidemic, which, far from abating, is threatening more and
younger gay men.
As expected, promiscuity already rooted in a lack of sexual
restraint tends to produce risky sexual activities that seem
to openly defy the warnings of the health community and government
For example, a report two years ago from the U.S. Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that 46% of homosexual men
had participated in unprotected anal sex in the six months prior
to the study. And a new study released in July found that 78% of
homosexual males said that they did not always practice safe sex,
and almost 50% admitted that they had recently participated in receptive
anal intercourse without using condoms.
A growing number of homosexuals are also using the Internet to find
anonymous sex partners. One study, released at the 2003 National
HIV Prevention Conference in July, found that 39% of gay
and bisexual men admitted that they had met partners over the Internet
and engaged in unprotected sex, according to USA Today.
Some homosexuals are engaging in risky sex because they believe
newer drugs will make it easier to deal with having AIDS if they
become infected. Others claim that concerns about using condoms
interfere with their enjoyment of sex.
Still others refuse to worry about getting AIDS altogether, and
actively pursue HIV infection in order to get it over with.
Called bug-chasers, a recent article in Rolling Stone
cited Dr. Bob Cabaj, director of behavioral-health services
for San Francisco County, who estimated that 25% of all newly-infected
gay men had purposely gotten the virus. Cabaj also contended
that AIDS groups and homosexual public health officials are covering
up the phenomenon.
Perhaps most ominous for the homosexual community was what some
men failed to do after contracting HIV. A study conducted in Los
Angeles revealed that more than 54% of HIV-positive homosexual men
had not revealed their infection status to the men with whom theyd
Promiscuity, anonymous sex, anal sex, sex without condoms, chasing
the HIV bug, hiding HIV-positive status from sex partners
all these destructive practices on the part of homosexuals
may explain the disturbing signs of an increase of AIDS cases among
homosexuals. The CDC recently said that new cases of HIV infection
among gay and bisexual men has risen nearly 18% over
the last three years.
Staggering numbers of young homosexuals can expect to become infected.
A seven-city study conducted by the CDC and released in 1999 showed
that, among young homosexual males age 15-22, a full 7% were already
infected with HIV and another 3% become infected each year.
Similarly, the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes
reported in June that 15% of homosexual males ages 18-29 in South
Beach, Florida, were already infected with HIV.
The future is grim. More than a decade ago, using data collected
from homosexual men in Baltimore, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Pittsburgh,
researcher Donald R. Hoover and his associates constructed a model
to predict the spread of AIDS among homosexual men. Reporting in
the American Journal of Epidemiology, Hoover said that a
20-year-old homosexual man, by the time he reaches age 55, has a
50% chance of becoming infected with HIV.
Hoovers estimates, however, were based on the premise that
homosexual men would not increase their participation in unsafe
sex and would dampen their promiscuity. Neither of those assumptions
appears to apply today.
According to a study that appeared in the International Journal
of Epidemiology, homosexual behavior risks cutting years off the
lives of gay men. Examining the homosexual community
in Vancouver, Canada, the study said: In a major Canadian
centre, life expectancy at age 20 years for gay and bisexual men
is 8 to 20 years less than for all men. If the same pattern of mortality
were to continue, we estimate that nearly half of gay and bisexual
men currently aged 20 years will not reach their 65th birthday.
Under even the most liberal assumptions, gay and bisexual men in
this urban centre are now experiencing a life expectancy similar
to that experienced by all men in Canada in the year 1871.
Sexual rebellion indeed has its consequences. But with gay
activists and straight politicians spouting glib rhetoric rather
than confronting the grim reality of homosexual conduct, the looming
disaster of AIDS will only come that much more swiftly.