Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Fuhrer Furor. (Reader Forum)

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Fuhrer Furor. (Reader Forum)

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Regarding your recent article about Adolf Hitler's possibly being gay ["Heil Mary," November 20], why are people so horrified at the thought? As part of a larger society, gays and lesbians are not (nor should we claim to be) free of dissidents who murder, cheat, steal, etc. We do not belong to a utopian society any more than straight people do. So while the evidence for Hitler's homosexuality may be in question, I think it's unfair to automatically bash the idea that the possibility might exist.

Jackie Schmit, Milwaukee, Wis.

Writer Charles Kaiser seems to miss a major point: how our society's institutionalized intolerance and bigotry help create criminals, then and now. Such antigay prejudice is sanctioned nearly universally throughout modern history.

Hitler was not alone. Ernst Rohm, Rudolf Hess, J. Edgar Hoover, Roy Cohn, and other racialist and fundamentalist leaders were not fascistic because of their hidden homosexual orientation. Their public personas as ultraconservatives were, instead, their personal overreactions born of self-loathing--as if to prevent anyone from suspecting their "unspeakable," opposite nature. Each made a career out of preying on weaker decoys with witch-hunts and sensationalized accusations to recycle the intolerance and cruelty. …

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