By: John Lauritsen Pagan Press 96 pages CA$7 + S&H
John Lauritsen, co-author of The Early Homosexual Rights Movement, has been a leading gay author and activist since the early days of Gay Liberation. A Freethinker's Primer of Male Love is a celebration and defense of male love from a secular humanist viewpoint, and a recounting of the ideas that have informed the gay movement.
John Lauritsen makes a compelling case that the roots of the taboo against homosexuality lie in Judaeo-Christian religious prohibitions which have "crippled the male psyche" for many centuries. His sympathies are wholly with the Greeks ("the wisdom of Athens") and against the Hebrew and Christian traditions ("the folly of Jerusalem") whose hegemony he regards as an historical calamity.
In a section called "Paradigms for Gay Liberation," Lauritsen traces the course of the modern gay movement and offers astringent critiques of the Medical, Minority, and Popular Front models, as well as of contemporary feminism and the current promotion of the word "queer." He anticipates a restoration of male love to "a place of honour in society."