Because, like me, if you're gay and in your 50s, you watched virtually all of your male friends and acquaintances die agonizing deaths, often at what should have been the prime of their lives, with little support or compassion from elected leaders, often families, in a war, a holocaust, that didn't mark them as heroes or innocent, only cold dust. And because to die while your friends died around you, daily, memorial services filling up your datebooks like smartphones now fill up cocktail parties, and to be told you deserved it, is hell on earth. And you survived that hell. Because if you lived in a big city in the 80s and the 90s, and you had sex with men even once , men you loved, men you wanted to grow old with, your life was a daily game of Russian Roulette. Did that rash mean you got the bullet, or would it be the guy pumping iron next to you? And if it wasn't you, there was always tomorrow
The hidden lives of gay men in the Middle East – in pictures
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Oscar Wilde and Lord Alfred Douglas, He once wrote of himself, "I, like wax of the sacred bees when smitten by the sun, am melted when I look at the young limbs of boys. According to one ancient source, Bagoas "had been loved by Darius and was afterwards to be loved by Alexander. When Antinous died by drowning at the age of 21, Hadrian was grief-stricken. He had the dead boy deified, founded a city in Egypt to honor him, erected statues in honor of him through-out the empire, and commissioned sculptures, paintings and coins to be made bearing his likeness. The resulting cult of Antinous excited such awe and admiration that it threatened to overshadow the growing cult of Jesus of Nazareth; accordingly, early Christian sects went to great lengths to villify both Hadrian and his boy lover.
Sunday in Piedmont Park had traditionally been an unoffcial event during Black Gay Pride, but for , vendors were invited to participate and entertainment was presented throughout the day. Photos by Dyana Bagby. Click here to see more photos from this gallery. Pure Heat Community Festival part 2.
In , we compiled a list of the top 50 gay male musicians. While our original gay music artist list was extensive, limited it to 50 meant it was obviously incomplete. Many brilliant but lesser known talents were left out. More of a tasting menu than a complete archive, this gallery of gay music artists is still by no means comprehensive, but it certainly represents a group of talented men to celebrate.