YEAR BOOK COMPLIMENTS
Words & PHOTOGRAPHS BY PEDRO LOPEZ
The term ‘gay agenda’ was coined after a satirical piece written in 1987, by Michael Swift title “Gay Revolutionary” was taken as truth. Looking at this text almost 30 years later, I am reminded of the history that precedes me. His words give me power in their comically sad nature, but stem from anger felt by a group of people who were cast aside, regarded as perversions in society. Swift’s “essay is an outré, madness, a tragic cruel fantasy, an eruption of inner rage, on how the oppressed desperately dream of being the oppressor.” This opening line was omitted when reprinted in the Congressional Record, causing many to believe Swift’s essay as fact. I find Swift’s words to be a modest proposal that informs people of the absurd beliefs about gays in the late 80’s.