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             (Judaism, Christianity, Islam) and intuitive religions (nature-based like
             wicca, or homosexuality wherein erotic dreams conjure and envision true
             nature) don’t speak the same language. Words also can be “natural” or
                This is key: In the revealed theocracy of Christianity the “word
             becomes flesh”; in the intuitive religion of homosexuality, “flesh becomes
             words.” Queers squeeze flesh till it screams its new name, its new identity.
             (“I’m hairy, fat, and bald; I’m a bear.”) Coined for Popular Witchcraft,
             the word and concept homochristianity was also explicitly dramatized in
             Some Dance to Remember where an erotic act of S&M crucifixion soars
             up the body, up the erections, and up out of the mouth of the protagonist
             who finds words for the essence of homosexual body worship based on
             the main image of western art: a heroic, muscular, nearly naked Jesus
             spreadeagled in bondage on the cross. What boy born gay does not feel the
             God Eros squeezing the God Christ’s priapic body into transubstantiated
                After the Greeks, the Jews, the Christians, Aquinas, and Shake-
             speare, why did it take till 1869 for the homomasculine (or maybe just
             anti-effete) Austrian Karoly Kertbeny, championing “the rights of man,”
             to coin homosexuality in “love letters” to his unrequited “boyfriend” Karl
                 If the sacred Walt Whitman, the best linguist ever at coining gay
             synonyms in his pansexual “bible” Leaves of Grass, had framed a specific
             word for his “Calamus” emotions, perhaps President Abraham Lincoln
             in the mid-1800s might have had a word for his “sleeping” in the same
             bed with the captain of his guards, and other men. Lacking any label,
             Lincoln’s White House homosexuality simply evaporated.
                Tennessee Williams often coded homosexuality for Broadway blue-
             hairs as “something unspoken” — kind of “show-don’t-tell”; e.g.: Neither
             Brick nor Maggie dares say homosexual in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. In fact,
             Williams, America’s greatest poetic dramatist, warned of the damaging
             psychology of keeping homosex unspoken in his perfectly hysterical fag
             aria, Suddenly Last Summer. The Kinsey Report (1948) introducing sex to
             the mainstream media proved that once a secret word becomes public it
             loses some of its private meaning. Familiarity subtracts fear, for instance,
             in the way that Queer as Folk and the minstrel-show, Queer Eye for the
             Straight Guy, re-coin queer into soap opera and consumerism.
                George Rousseau has stated the necessity of naming because there
             is a reality to words and things, and, to elaborate on Rousseau, there is
             a magical, religious, transformative potency in verbal conjuration from
             Hoc est enim corpus meum to hocus pocus to “Who’s your daddy?” Keywords
             such as homomasculinity are conjured as a kind of queer abracadabra that

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