Tuesday, May 12th, 2009
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Famous Homosexual Is Dead

Portrait not found in his closet.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."

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Sarcastro (#328)

“Homosexual friends such as Ackerley and Raymond Mortimer came to visit him and were introduced to Japanese pleasures that they might enjoy.”

That's code for sushi. Some people have such a hard time saying it.

BeRightBack (#59)

I think the reference is actually to "Men's Pocky."

Sarcastro (#328)

Thanks for my first laugh of the day.

Hez (#147)

I enjoyed heartful time of that.

Also, Boss Coffee! And perhaps, if you're feeling a little adventurous, a little Calpis Soda?

best lines

…“Something not quite so sleazy might suit.” That was encouraging enough for Kirkup to send more…

…Kirkup was “no stranger to self-absorption” a reviewer said of one of them…

Ackerly and Raymond Mortimer were always suckers for boiled noodles. Bukkake-udon and bukkake-soba were just the natural progression of that love.

wiilliiaamm (#225)

First Honcho…now this.

BronxWASP (#415)

Wow…that's some poem. It don't think it's particularly good. But dayum!

Eeks. As an olds, I remember this case and it warms – and breaks – my heart to know that it's still remembered, and that a very brave man has died.
Though it's a bit of a comfort that he outlived the grimness that was Mary Whitehouse.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Whitehouse

Here's to daring to speak your/the name, whatever it may be.

Abe Sauer (#148)

Aaaaaaaand today we have Perez.

oudemia (#177)

James Kirkup >>> Jamie Kirchick. Devolution is real, people.

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