The news that Jorg Haider - the Austrian fascist leader - spent his final few hours in a gay bar with a hot blond has shocked some people. It hasn't shocked me.
This is a taboo topic for a gay left-wing man like me to touch, but there has always been a weird, disproportionate overlap between homosexuality and fascism. Take a deep breath; here goes. Some 10, gay people were slaughtered in the Nazi death-camps. Many more were humiliated, jailed, deported, ethnically cleansed, or castrated.
One gay survivor of the camps, LD Classen von Neudegg, has written about his experiences. They were captured, and when they Sturmabteilung homosexuality in christianity they had the word 'homo' scrawled across their clothing. They were placed on a block and whipped.
Then they were forced to beat a "Sturmabteilung homosexuality in christianity" and cheer, 'Hurrah! So the idea of a gay fascist seems ridiculous. Yet when the British National Party - our own home-grown Holocaust-denying bigots - announced it was fielding an openly gay candidate in the European elections this June, dedicated followers of fascism didn't blink.
The twisted truth is that gay men have been the heart of every major fascist movement that ever was - including the gay-gassing, homo-cidal Third Reich. With the exception of Jean-Marie Le Pen, all the most high-profile fascists in Europe in the past thirty years have been gay.
It's time to admit something. Fascism isn't something that happens out there, a nasty habit acquired by the straight boys. It is - in part, at least - a gay thing, and it's time for non-fascist gay people to wake up and face the marching music. Just look at our own continent over the past decade. Dutch fascist Pim Fortuyn ran on blatantly racist Sturmabteilung homosexuality in christianity platform, describing Islam as "a cancer" and "the biggest threat to Western civilisation today.
When accused by a political opponent of hating Arabs, he replied, "How can I hate Arabs? I sucked one off last night.
Jorg Haider blasted Austria's cosy post-Nazi politics to rubble in when his neo-fascist 'Freedom Party' won a quarter of the vote and joined the country's government as a coalition partner. Several facts always cropped up in the international press coverage: A few newspapers mentioned that he is always surrounded by fit, fanatical young men.
A handful went further and pointed out that several of these young men are openly gay. Then one left-wing German paper broke the story everybody else was hinting at. They alleged Haider is gay. Rumours of an Indian waiter with "intimate details" of Haider's body broke into the press.
The Freedom Party's general manager Gerald Miscka quickly quit, amid accusations that he was Haider's lover. Haider's close gay friend Walter Kohler - who has been photographed showing off a holstered pistol while Haider chuckled - declared his opposition to outing politicians. Haider - who was married and has two children - kept quiet while his functionaries denied the rumours.
The revelation that he died after leaving a gay bar suggests these rumours were true. On and on it goes. If you inter-railed across Europe, only stopping with gay fascists, there aren't many sights you'd miss.
France's leading post-war fascist was Edouard Pfieffer, who was not batting for the straight side. Martin Lee, author of a study of European fascism, explains, "For Kuhnen, there was something Sturmabteilung homosexuality in christianity about being a Nazi, as well as being a homosexual, both of which enforced his sense of living on the edge, of belonging to an elite that was destined to make an impact. He told a West German journalist that homosexuals were "Sturmabteilung homosexuality in christianity" well-suited for our task, because they do not want ties to wife, children and family.
At first glance, our Nazis seem militantly straight. They have tried to disrupt gay parades, describe gay people as "evil", and BNP leader Nick Griffin reacted charmingly to the bombing of the Admiral Duncan pub in with a column saying, "The TV footage of gay demonstrators [outside the scene of carnage] flaunting their Sturmabteilung homosexuality in christianity in front of the world's journalists showed just why so many ordinary people find these creatures repulsive.
InMartin Webster, a former National Front organiser and head honcho in the British fascist movement, wrote a four-page pamphlet detailing his 'affair' with Nick Griffin. He was twenty years younger than me. Homosexuality is "extremely prevalent" in the upper echelons of the British far right, and at one stage in the s nearly half of the movement's organisers were gay, he claims.
Gerry Gable, editor of the anti-fascist magazine 'Searchlight', explains, "I have looked at Britain's Nazi groups for Sturmabteilung homosexuality in christianity and this homophobic hypocrisy has been there all the time. I cannot think of any organisation on the extreme right that hasn't attacked people on the grounds of their sexual preference and at the same time contained many gay officers and activists.
Griffins' alleged gay affair would stand in a long British fascist tradition.