Strange Bedfellows: “Cuba’s Proud Persecution of Gays Notwithstanding…”


Gay activism has been in the headlines in the last week. While the cause for gay rights in the United States is a valid issue for discussion and debate, the inconsistency (and tactics) of this country’s loudest gay activists is doing very little to advance the dialog, says conservative lesbian Tammy Bruce. In fact, the progressive/liberal/leftist ideology of the boisterous activists we saw kissing in front of Chick-fil-A locations, and defacing the property, plays into stereotypical opinions of gays. The bullied have become the bullies.

We already know gay rights in Cuba are only for the Castro-friendly gays on the island nation. Jack Cashill at American Thinker asks, “What Would Che Think of Same-Sex Marriage?” He makes the point that those gay and non-gay leftist activists in this country that scream for gay rights in this country seem not to mind the blatant lack of such in their beloved communist paradise of Che’s and Castro’s Cuba.

About thirty years ago, trying to scratch out a living as a free-lance photo-journalist, I took an assignment from the Kansas City Star Magazine to write about the city’s gay church, the Metropolitan Community Church by name. In the course of my research, I covered a gay wedding, equal parts traditional and transgressive, to wit, a flower girl and a female best man. (Yes, Virginia, gays had weddings back then and did not even have to pay the IRS a marriage penalty.)

Although I tried to be as objective as possible, the Star spiked my submission for being “too positive.” The reader rightly infers that our friends in the progressive media had yet to discover how much self-love could be culled from supporting so seemingly bourgeois a cause as gay marriage, gay anything for that matter.

Indeed, in 1969, the New York Daily News headlined its coverage of the watershed Stonewall rebellion, “Homo Nest Raided, Queen Bees Are Stinging Mad.” Even the usually insurrection-friendly Village Voice dismissed Stonewall as the “Great Faggot Rebellion.”V

These responses represented something of a progressive norm. As testament to the same, Cuban leaders were then attempting to purge their country of homosexuality, which they believed to be as much a by-product of capitalism as homelessness or hedge funds. Poster boy Che Guevara was particularly keen on “reeducating” gay and effeminate men and dispatched thousands, without charge or trial, to concentration camps.

Cuba’s proud persecution of gays notwithstanding, many of the same people who are today hectoring imaginary homophobes were then sneaking off to Cuba — Poster girl Bernardine Dohrn comes to mind — and singing the praises of this brutally gay-bashing revolution.

At some point, however, progressive activists took up the cause of gay rights as part of the larger switch from revolution to “anti-racism.” (The how and when of this will make an interesting history.) Given their continuing embrace of Castro’s Cuba and their current alliance with radical Islam, these activists would seem to have little long-term interest in the welfare of their new gay friends. No, what excites them is the opportunity to use gay issues to divide America against itself.

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4 thoughts on “Strange Bedfellows: “Cuba’s Proud Persecution of Gays Notwithstanding…”

  1. As reported at the time (February 2010) in the Enrisco blog, a Castro-friendly Spanish gay organization in Barcelona used the famous Che image (altered to look like he was wearing make-up and a pink beret) to advertise a social event meant to raise funds for the “Cuban Revolution,” specifically CENESEX, the sexology outfit headed by Ms. Gay Rights herself, Mariela Castro. However, Mariela was not amused (or Daddy told her not to be), and she issued an irate protest over this supposed attempt to discredit the revolution:

    “CENESEX wishes to declare that it has no connection of any kind with that Spanish organization, and utterly rejects the degrading use of of the image of Ernesto Che Guevara, immortalized by the Cuban photographer Alberto Korda.”

    The Enrisco post with the relevant Che image is here:

    In other words, don’t mess with Che, you stupid faggots.

  2. asombra-

    I saw that image in my Bing search for a pic for this post, and wasn’t quite sure what it was about.

    Thanks for the info.

  3. No. 26 on the list of 45 COMMUNIST GOALS FOR TAKE-OVER OF AMERICA.

    Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as “normal, natural, healthy.”

    See: Congressional Record, Vol. 109 88th Congress, 1st Session Appendix Pages A1-A2842 Jan. 9-May 7, 1963 Reel 12

  4. The reaction of Castro, Inc. to the “desecration” of its “holy” icon is very telling, especially considering that it was done by elements sympathetic to the regime who were using Che to drum up funds for the “Revolution.” The official response from Mariela Castro was not diplomatic but outraged, as in “How dare you prancing fags DEBASE the great MAN with your campy queerness?” She implied, of course, that Che was far above “maricones,” who may be TOLERATED if they’re duly “revolutionary” but will always be inferior creatures. The “Revolution,” in its magnanimous condescension (not to mention opportunism) will ALLOW homosexual behavior, but faggots must always remember their place and be VERY grateful for the Revolution’s generosity.

    It simply defies belief, let alone reason, that any self-respecting gay person would even begin to buy Mariela’s “gay rights” bullshit. Doing so is not only demeaning but pathetic, not to say contemptible.

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