Promiscuous Affections
A Life in The Bar, 1969-2000

Looking backwards
To look beyond: History, Media,
Sex, & Citizenship
Take control

Young, Proud

Rainbow flags Zero Patience

 "History, history, the interminable self-feeding flame, which needs now even our stories to live."

Michael Lynch, in his journal at the dawn of his life in The Bar (and well beyond), 1973

"Any situation in which some men prevent others from engaging in the process of inquiry is one of violence. The means used are not important; to alienate men from their own decision-making is to change them into objects."

Paulo Freire, in Pedagogy of the Oppressed, 1968

"I met my last East German boy there. We walked arm-in-arm around Alexanderplatz to get drunk on weisser beer in the tavern in city hall. We had sex up against the S-Bahn bridge at Marx-Engels-Platz, hidden by bushes. As I felt his body ravenous against mine, I realized I was not just a person to him, not even just a sex partner, but the physical incarnation of a world he dreamed of, a realm that shimmered and sparkled on the other side of a wall and a death zone, only a few blocks away. ...

It didn't bother me to be objectified. ...he was hungry; I fed him my body."

Robin Hardy, in The Crisis of Desire: AIDS and the Fate of Gay Brotherhood, 1999

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