James Kirkup is dead. Who? Well! “In June 1976 he had a 66-line poem, The Love that Dares to Speak Its Name, published in Gay News. It described the homosexual fantasies of a Roman centurion as he contemplates the body of Christ on the Cross, and implicitly attributed homosexual acts to Jesus. This led to a private prosecution of the newspaper by the decency defender Mary Whitehouse for blasphemous libel.” What can we say, but: good job, fuck yeah, girlfriend! Also?
It’s worth it to keep reading this obit till they account how he moved to Japan and then “Homosexual friends such as Ackerley and Raymond Mortimer came to visit him and were introduced to Japanese pleasures that they might enjoy.”