There are two ways to be fooled.  One is to believe what isn't true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true.  Søren Kierkegaard
There are two ways to be fooled. One is to believe what isn’t true; the other is to refuse to believe what is true. Søren Kierkegaard

Homo! is the second offering in The Liberation Anthology, a collection of stories that focus on different aspects of gay life in America from just before Stonewall in the nineteen-sixties up to the present time. Although fictional, the stories are informed by history.

Like the first story in the collection, First Love, First Time, Homo! is set in the 1970s. Unlike that story, however, which covered only a couple of months in 1973, Homo! will span the entire decade and more.

Part I of Homo! takes place in 1971 in North Adams, a small community nestled in the Berkshire Mountains of western Massachusetts.

In Parts II and III we’ll catch up with the main characters several years later, first in North Adams and then elsewhere. We’ll follow them for more than a year.

Finally, in Parts IV and V, we’ll fast forward again to 1982 to see how things stand more than a decade after the characters originally met.

Homo! is a story about many things, but ultimately it’s a story about the power of words; one word in particular, the title word of the story.

Although there have been a lot of slurs hurled at gay people over the centuries, homo has always been an unusually powerful taunt. Growing up fifty years ago in America there was no word any boy would have tried harder to avoid having tossed at him.

Being a homo meant you were different; not a man, really, just some kind of pervert who was neither male nor female, something in between; something so wretched and horrible that no decent person would ever want to have anything to do with you.

You were a degenerate, a faggot or fairy, a pansy or poof. You were queer. You were a sexual deviate, a menace to society, and above all a threat to children. In a word, you were a homo at a time when everyone knew what being a homo meant.

It meant being sick or a sinner; it meant being a freak of nature, pitied by some but despised by most. Used as a taunt and rebuke, men struggled in various ways to cope with their attraction to other men in a society that condemned such feelings.

Some went into the closet and never came out. Some married women and then looked for private assignations on the side, often discounting their significance by blaming their wives for not being able to satisfy them.

Still others found ways to hide the truth from themselves. Some even killed themselves in despair, giving into the widely held belief they were mentally ill and unfit for decent society.

However they dealt with the issue, the pain homosexuals experienced was real and long lasting. For many the scars remain to this day (and I thank them for sharing their stories with me).

Homo! is a story about how two people dealt with homosexuality in different ways in the 1970s. Their ways of coping weren’t the only ones, but will hopefully provide an insight into what being a homo meant back in the day.

It’s a cruel story, but one that needs to be remembered honestly; not prettied up and made presentable because someone died and we don’t want to face up to the truth.

It’s history that should never be forgotten, but apparently already has been by at least one candidate running for President. But better to hold our tongue for now than to giveaway too much of the tale.

The first chapter of Homo! will be available for viewing at this site on June 3, 2016.

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Read Chapter 1 of Homo!