In February of 1987, a satirical article by Michael Swift appeared in New York City’s Gay Community News titled “The Gay Revolutionary” which describes a scenario in which homosexual men dominate American society and suppress all things heterosexual in response to conservative panic over the “gay agenda”
Since then the radical Religious Right has repeatedly referenced the article calling it the “Gay Manifesto” which it is not. The original “A Gay Manifesto” written by Carl Witman is an important part of LGBT history was written in 1970. (I will be posting it later this week.)
Swift’s satirical “The Gay Revolutionary” has been used by a veritable Who’s Whos of LGBT hate groups over the years as “proof” of the “gay agenda” and their nefarious plot to take over America.
But when the religious right and hate groups cite Swift\’s text, they always omit the vital first line, (much like the cherry picking they do with the Bible) which sets the context for the piece. EVERY version of Swift’s piece found on the net that’s referenced by the anti-gay religious right omits the first sentence making it part of the greatest lie about gay people since 1987.
The line reads:
“This essay is an outré, madness, a tragic, cruel fantasy, an eruption of inner rage, on how the oppressed desperately dream of being the oppressor.”
So to set the record ehm’….straight. Without further adieu may we present Micheal Swift’s 1987 satrical article “The Gay Revolutionary” in its entirety.
Continue reading Gay History – READ: The Gay Revolutionary a.k.a. The Gay Manifesto by Michael Swift – 1987