The past few days, queer people of a certain age have been rejoicing at news of the death of former First Lady Nancy Reagan. ” all over Facebook and Twitter, as well as quips like, “I hear that Ronald and Nancy Reagan truly loved each other.
I hope they can reunite in hell.” On the left, there’s plenty of free-floating reasons to have hated Nancy Reagan: her preoccupation with fashion and decor, for one, as her husband was enriching the rich and cutting social programs, or her simple-minded and puritanical approach to drug policy (“Just Say No! But among queer folks, perhaps especially gay men, special vitriol is reserved for Nancy Reagan because – even though it was well-documented that she (and Ronald) had close gay friends dating back to their Hollywood years, even letting one such couple stay overnight in the White House – she publicly did or said nothing to stop the AIDS crisis as it erupted in the Reagan era, taking those friends’ lives one by one.
Yes, reportedly, she privately urged her husband to talk about the disease publicly and open up funding – which he finally did, in 1985, four years after the crisis began and after more than 12,000 had already died.
But given the immensity of the crisis, and presumably how many gay men Nancy must have known who were affected by it – actors, hairdressers, designers, decorators, and their friends and lovers – and how much proxy power she had, she did next to nothing.
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This made the headlines of all the major news portals in the UK.Whereas the lack of sex allowed to priests has created monsters of all kinds who have sexually abused countless children around the world, and then the church has tried to cover it up.In the latest development, the Catholic Church in Germany has called off a study into sexual abuse citing a “breakdown of trust”.Nothing scientific here of course, but anecdotal evidence that the next generation of abusers are already being trained to supress their urges which will, sometimes, later explode in the most horrifying way.If young men are joining an organisation to try to supress their most inner desires and fears, and not joining because they truly have a spiritual calling to devote themselves to their god’s work, then the resulting child abuse is not surprising. Women who make up around 50% of the world’s population are denied equality in the Church.