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            introduced dominant Nazi attitude, sex, and style directly into the erotic
            iconography of gay leather art and culture.
               Hitler’s politically correct Nazi party founded at the Furstenfelder Hof
            pub in Munich on January 5, 1919, was centered around beer halls, homo-
            sexuals, camaraderie, uniforms, and short leather pants—just like Drummer.


            Gay marriage was the piece de resistance that drove conservatives like Ed
            Davis crazy. A cover and photo feature, by Robert Opel, pictured a gay
            marriage in Los Angeles: a leather wedding with a minister (Drummer 7,
            pages 8-11; reprinted in The Best and the Worst of Drummer). In our gay roots
            history, gay marriage in the 1970s was such a rising threat and controversial
            topic that in 1977 the California State legislature outlawed it by defining
            marriage as the union of a man and a woman. At the same moment, the
            gay-evolving Dianne Feinstein married two lesbians in the garden of her
            Pacific Heights mansion.
               The more we make ourselves similar or equal to heterosexuals the
            more they freak about their own identity, and the more they falsify their
            invented victimization by us who “force” government workers, who happen
            to be conveniently Christian, to do their civil job and issue state documents
            registering same-sex marriages. We reveal their lesser angels. It’s the same
            psychology as the plot of Forbidden Planet (1956) wherein the audience
            learns the monster is inside themselves. To heterosexuals with a defensive
            “Ego” and a moralistic “Superego,” homosexuals play the forbidden “Id.”
            Homosexuality represents everything “natural” they deny about their “nor-
            mal” heterosexualized selves. It’s easier to censor in others what it is hard to
            repress in oneself.
               As Truman Capote said, “I’d rather be natural than normal.”
               In Popular Witchcraft, I wrote on page 111:

               Again comes the unavoidable theme, and the horror-inducing
               existential twist, that the Devil rises from inside humans. Metro-
               Goldwyn-Mayer’s little classic, Forbidden Planet, a camp retelling
               of William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, offered the ultimate hor-
               ror to the Freudian mindscape: the amok monster, unbridled of
               Superego, turned out to be the Id of one of the space travelers. Sold
               to television, Forbidden Planet is sometimes titled Id: The Creature
               from the Unknown, a spoiler title that divulges the entire plot.

              ©Jack Fritscher, Ph.D., All Rights Reserved—posted 03-14-2017
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