#AlanMoore's "The Mirror of Love" a lyrical journey through the history of homosexuality in society, its ups and downs. Beautifully illustrated by Steve #Bissette and Rick #Veitch who he had worked with on Swamp Thing. It takes in early matriarchal societies, the anti-gay rethoric of #Leviticus, the ancient #Greek's and #Spartans, #Sappho, more potshots at Christianity:
Narrator: "Yet this tolerance could not endure the rise of #Christianity, which quite ignored Christ's love for outlaws and instead embraced moral severity. Defining sex as base. St. Paul named same-sex love, for the first time, as a sin ." The journey then continues through the executions of gay people during the dark ages, the smearing of the Knight's Templar as gay, themore liberal societies bought about by the Renaissance and the famous gay/bisexual artists it laid claim to. Further on it places the first link between homosexuality and the theatre to Shakespeares time, he also tells us a bout a lesbian community at Llangollen, then on through qwriters and dramatists placing coded words to same-sex lovers through the ages.
Narrator: "Elsewhere in Leipzig, 1869, One K.M. #Benkert first referred to 'homosexuality'. Industrial Englands view that all must be explained by science prompted dotors to declare us ill. Not friends or sinners anymore." Then we travel through #OscarWilde's trial and disgrace to nascent homosexual pride movements, but then WW2 breaks out and homosexual are placed in concentration camps. But post-war the push for homosexual equality gathers pace. The Uk decriminalises it, while gays in the US riot at Stonewwall. Just as it seems a more tolerant soceity is in sight, AID's arrives.
Narrator: "Policemen claimed to speak for God, describing persons with AIDs as swilling in a self-made cesspit, while councillor Brownhills, a conservative, recalled an earlier Final Solution, and offered to 'gas the queers'. Margaret Thatcher praised them for their forthrightness." Those are not made up quotes. The Chief Constable of Manchester, James Anderton was the anti-gay policeman who made the "cess-pit" remark and made life hard for gay communities.