Michael Swift's Gay Manifesto was first published in
February 1987 and was titled "Gay Revolutionary." It was reprinted in the
Congressional Record without the opening line describing it as an "eruption
of inner rage on how the oppressed desperately dream of being the
The opening line is included below. The rest is public
record. Knowing that this is a "desperate dream" and printed in one of the
largest homosexual publishing circulations in 1987, hardly supports the
defense that this is a satire, especially when one considers how much has
come to pass since it was published.
There is a difference between a homosexual and a homosexual movement. God
loves all of us, we all have sinned and while we were yet sinners, yet He
loves us. It has been difficult for all Christians to stand up to this
movement because no one wants to point out the sins of others. But while we
are so carefully being quiet, outrageous teachings have been attempted in
our public schools. Pastors have been threatened with lawsuits, small
businesses are being forced to participate in activities they would rather
not cater because it is against our faith. Did anyone really want a pastor
to be forced to marry them or was/is there an agenda to be had?
Our children are targeted. It is not easy to post this and I have been
threatened, but I cannot sit down and be silent while the wolves come for
This essay is an outré, madness, a tragic, cruel fantasy, an
eruption of inner rage, on how the oppressed desperately dream of being the
We shall sodomize your sons, emblems of your feeble masculinity, of your
shallow dreams and vulgar lies. We shall seduce them in your schools, in
your dormitories, in your gymnasiums, in your locker rooms, in your sports
arenas, in your seminaries, in your youth groups, in your movie theater
bathrooms, in your army bunkhouses, in your truck stops, in your all male
clubs, in your houses of Congress, wherever men are with men together. Your
sons shall become our minions and do our bidding. They will be recast in our
image. They will come to crave and adore us.
Women, you cry for freedom. You say you are no longer satisfied with men;
they make you unhappy. We, connoisseurs of the masculine face, the masculine
physique, shall take your men from you then. We will amuse them; we will
instruct them; we will embrace them when they weep. Women, you say you wish
to live with each other instead of with men. Then go and be with each other.
We shall give your men pleasures they have never known because we are
foremost men too, and only one man knows how to truly please another man;
only one man can understand the depth and feeling, the mind and body of
All laws banning homosexual activity will be revoked. Instead, legislation
shall be passed which engenders love between men.
All homosexuals must stand together as brothers; we must be united
artistically, philosophically, socially, politically and financially. We
will triumph only when we present a common face to the vicious heterosexual
If you dare to cry faggot, fairy, queer, at us, we will stab you in your
cowardly hearts and defile your dead, puny bodies.
We shall write poems of the love between men; we shall stage plays in which
man openly caresses man; we shall make films about the love between heroic
men which will replace the cheap, superficial, sentimental, insipid,
juvenile, heterosexual infatuations presently dominating your cinema
screens. We shall sculpt statues of beautiful young men, of bold athletes
which will be placed in your parks, your squares, your plazas. The museums
of the world will be filled only with paintings of graceful, naked lads.
Our writers and artists will make love between men fashionable and de
rigueur, and we will succeed because we are adept at setting styles. We will
eliminate heterosexual liaisons through usage of the devices of wit and
ridicule, devices which we are skilled in employing.
We will unmask the powerful homosexuals who masquerade as heterosexuals. You
will be shocked and frightened when you find that your presidents and their
sons, your industrialists, your senators, your mayors, your generals, your
athletes, your film stars, your television personalities, your civic
leaders, your priests are not the safe, familiar, bourgeois, heterosexual
figures you assumed them to be. We are everywhere; we have infiltrated your
ranks. Be careful when you speak of homosexuals because we are always among
you; we may be sitting across the desk from you; we may be sleeping in the
same bed with you.
There will be no compromises. We are not middle-class weaklings. Highly
intelligent, we are the natural aristocrats of the human race, and
steely-minded aristocrats never settle for less. Those who oppose us will be
We shall raise vast private armies, as Mishima did, to defeat you. We shall
conquer the world because warriors inspired by and banded together by
homosexual love and honor are invincible as were the ancient Greek soldiers.
The family unit-spawning ground of lies, betrayals, mediocrity, hypocrisy
and violence--will be abolished. The family unit, which only dampens
imagination and curbs free will, must be eliminated. Perfect boys will be
conceived and grown in the genetic laboratory. They will be bonded together
in communal setting, under the control and instruction of homosexual
All churches who condemn us will be closed. Our only gods are handsome young
men. We adhere to a cult of beauty, moral and esthetic. All that is ugly and
vulgar and banal will be annihilated. Since we are alienated from
middle-class heterosexual conventions, we are free to live our lives
according to the dictates of the pure imagination. For us too much is not
The exquisite society to emerge will be governed by an elite comprised of
gay poets. One of the major requirements for a position of power in the new
society of homoeroticism will be indulgence in the Greek passion. Any man
contaminated with heterosexual lust will be automatically barred from a
position of influence. All males who insist on remaining stupidly
heterosexual will be tried in homosexual courts of justice and will become
We shall rewrite history, history filled and debased with your heterosexual
lies and distortions. We shall portray the homosexuality of the great
leaders and thinkers who have shaped the world. We will demonstrate that
homosexuality and intelligence and imagination are inextricably linked, and
that homosexuality is a requirement for true nobility, true beauty in a man.
We shall be victorious because we are fueled with the ferocious bitterness
of the oppressed who have been forced to play seemingly bit parts in your
dumb, heterosexual shows throughout the ages. We too are capable of firing
guns and manning the barricades of the ultimate revolution.
Tremble, hetero swine, when we appear before you without our masks.
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