MANIFESTO

TO HAVE A HOMOSEXUAL CONSCIENCE

 

We as homosexuals can spend money and assimilate into society, receiving capitalist respect or retreat as old Gay Liberationists into our defeated ivory towers. Gay politics is dead or dying, and the possibilities of gay consumption endless. The third way is to see this division as a battle zone of the conscience, where the homosexual who can accept neither proposition tries to work out new methods of confronting society.

Theatre is one of those methods with presentations of the extreme, the marginal and the queer.

Most of the new Europe has no past gay liberation or gay consumerism, but on the blank page of their experience let us attempt to write new options. We as homosexuals are complete in ourselves, a mirror reflecting back at society’s current mediocrity of purpose. We are not idiots of amusing pleasure for the heterosexual, providing frivolous entertainment, neither are we machines of alternative sexual pleasure for ourselves. We are a tribe within a larger tribe facing specific situations of homophobia and homophobic rage in many countries of the world. We are a people who can use image and language in a culture that can only accept our language as monetary or sexual excess.

At this moment in homosexual history we have the opportunity to ask valid questions of how we want to be perceived and how we perceive ourselves. Again, theatre and film are ideal media for this questioning. Rejecting homophobic stereotypes of ourselves we may find we are in a constant year zero, over and over, repeating to the deaf that money is not our sole objective, nor are our party club orgasms. If we can get this point across and this point alone then other points may well follow. We are at a time of questioning, open to answers. And always to remember that even just in Europe we have homosexuals who must inwardly at the very least fight the constrictions of church and state. Romania, Poland, the former Yugoslavia are examples where the inner battleground must be fought and won to gain self respect.

Their conscience is our conscience, and our work is to create alternatives to money and sex without respect.

John Roman Baker, 2000