In their controversial The Pink Swastika: Homosexuality in the Nazi Party (Sacramento, CA: Veritas Aeterna Press, 2002) Scott Lively and Kevin Abrams reduced the interwar decade in Germany to the struggle between “butches” and “fairies”. The former were Nazis, while the latter leftists: liberals, socialists, and communists. Quite simply, in this telling, the 1920s and 1930s witnessed a life-and-death struggle among German homosexuals driven by competing ideologies.
A very similar paradigm obtains in Frédéric Martel — a gay activist, Catholic apostate at 13 years of age, currently a “Catholic atheist” (p. 547), a French laicite worshiper, a fan of decapitation in the revolution in France, an Opus Dei hater, an anti-anti-Communist, progressive journalist, and leftist sociologist. He recently wrote In the Closet of the Vatican: Power, Homosexuality, Hypocrisy (London and New York: Bloomsbury Continuum, 2019).
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